Kerstin von Gabain presents her reaction to the scholarly paradigm of museums collecting practice, using her sculptural and photographic works to conjure up an atmosphere that is deliberately reminiscent of a sanatorium. Both her medical-seeming treatment of furniture and her 19th century-style photographic portraits of objects from the MAKs collection of seating furniture humorously suggest these pieces supposed anthropomorphization. Von Gabain considers photography, as a tool of classification and of phenomenological study, to be a particularly interesting way of dealing with the archival paradigms evident in the museums Study Collection.
Curator Janina Falkner, MAK Contemporary Art Collection
Exhibition series New Look
In this exhibition series, four Vienna-based artists of the younger generation deal specifically with the MAK Study Collection. NEW LOOK reflects on the MAK as a site of present-day artistic production while also providing an opportunity to contemplate applied art and the transfer of applied art-related knowledge from new and different perspectives.
Besides brilliant achievements in the arts and crafts production in Austria in the nineteenth century, the Empire and Biedermeier Collection on permanent display shows the creative and material versatility of an epoch marked by cultural, social and economic upheavals in the wake of the industrial revolution.