The new presentation is a project by artist Pae White titled OTHERS. White has selected works-on-paper and three-dimensional objects from the MAK Permanent Collection whose authors
are principally unknown. White is intrigued by objects within the museums collections that are un-attributable,
without clear authorship, yet remain part of the collection. The significance of the objects is clear, but, to
me, their place in a historical narrative is not. Equally, White is interested in the role of critics and curators
in the formation of narratives, which exclude objects of ambiguous value in order to create clearer histories.
A major focus of Whites exhibition is the MAKs extensive holding of Japanese stencils (katagami), largely
unauthored works on paper that have inspired several generations of European artists and artisans in their designs
for textiles, coverings, and book illuminations. Pae White affirms that OTHERS is an attempt to rescue some of these objects, from relative obscurity, and to let them bask in the light of day.
In the end, OTHERS is less about the redemption of objects and more about offering the viewer (and the objects) the space
to breathe, proposing the poetic silence of the unknown, and opening up a space, freed from the tyranny of history, in which
these lovely, mostly anonymous creations can be viewed on their own terms. Pae White, Vienna, November 2012
The MAK Library and Works on Paper Collection is one of the largest and oldest museum libraries with a focus on applied art.
Alongside classic library functions, the collection is also devoted to artistic aspects of the pictorial in all possible variants
as well as to the initiation of a reappraisal of art production manifested in paper form.
Published for the exhibition of the same title (3.12.200322.2.2004) German/English 190 pages, b/w and full colored illustrations 29,5 x 27,5 cm, hardbound MAK, Vienna / Schlebrügge.Editor, Vienna 2003
The Pearl M. Mackey Apartments (R.M. Schindler, 1939) in the Mid-Wilshire District of Los Angeles are home to the MAK Artists and Architects-in-Residence program MAK Artists and Architects in Residence Program]. The Republic of Austria purchased the building on the initiative of the
MAK in 1995 and the program designed for visiting emerging international artists and architects was launched in the same year.