Once again, the Geymüllerschlössel provides the backdrop for a contemporary design intervention and simultaneously opens itself to juxtapositions reaching across the eras. Starting from the locations history and its present use as a museum site, the MAK DESIGN SALON invites internationally renowned designers to deal with this one-ofa-kind cultural legacy in order to set up aesthetic and thematic links to the present and open up new perspectives. While the initial intervention last year, Time & Again by London-based designer Michael Anastassiades, was inspired by the villas old Viennese clocks from the Franz Sobek Collection, the work The Stranger Within by this years salon guest Studio Formafantasma, deals with the fascination evoked by the exotic. The Geymüllerschlössels architectural style, façade ornaments, and interior tell of that eras bourgeois and somewhat faddish predilection for oriental cultures. The panoramic tapestry showing temples in the so-called Blue Salon provided a starting point from which the design duo set out to analyze this paradox phenomenon in which a yearning for distant places coexisted with Biedermeier homeliness. The two Italians Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, graduates of Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands, have quickly become the international design worlds shooting stars thanks to fascination evoked by their multilayered and sensitive way of working. Their object series Moulding Tradition (2009), which deals with early Arabian-African influences on the Sicilian majolica that subsequently conquered all of Europe, took on a whole new urgency and significance when the Sicilian island of Lampedusa became synonymous with a looming invasion of African refugees. Studio Formafantasmas various series of handcrafted artifacts such as Botanica (2011) and Craftica (2012) are the outcomes of research to track down ancient techniques and forgotten resources. Like archaeologists, they derive their information from the sediments of cultural residuesbut as designers they use it as inspiration for the future. In a globalized world where the exotic is losing its significance, Studio Formafantasmas Geymüllerschlössel intervention invites visitors to search for the foreign within themselves. Curator Thomas Geisler, MAK Curator Design Kindly supported by
OpeningTue, 10.9.2013, 7 p.m.The designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, Studio Formafantasma will be present
Public Programs for the ExhibitionThe Intervention The Stranger Within by Studio Formafantasma will provide the occasion and the content for a number of events linking the supposedly historical to the contemporary, while also musing about the foreign and breathing new life into the salon format.
Design ToursGuided tours with Thomas Geisler, Curator, MAK Design Collection, Sundays, 3 p.m. Dates: 22 September, 20 October, 10 November, 1 December 2013
MAK Design SalonThe Stranger WithinSunday, 29 September 2013, 11 a.m. A matinee as part of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK (27 September6 October 2013)Designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of Studio Formafantasma, London gallerist Libby Sellers, and design critic Alice Rawsthorn (inter alia for the International Herald Tribune) will talk with Thomas Geisler, Curator, MAK Design Collection. For all events, the number of participants is limited.Information and registration at T +43 1 711 36-231, . Opening hours during the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK (27 September6 October 2013)Fri 27 September and Fri 4 October, 26 p.m.; Sat, Sun, 11 a.m.6 p.m.
MAK Branch GeymüllerschlösselPötzleinsdorferstraße 102, 1180 Vienna
T +43 1 711 36-231 or 248
non-handicapped accessible area
Opening Hours4 May till 1 December 2013
Every Saturday and Sunday
11 a.m. 6 p.m.
Every first Sunday in the month from June to August open till 9 p.m.
Opening hours during the
VIENNA DESIGN WEEK
(27 September6 October 2013)
Fri 27 September and Fri 4 October,
26 p.m.; Sat, Sun, 11 a.m.6 p.m.
Admission(incl. participation in a guided tour)
7,90 / reduced 5,50
Free admission for children and teens up to 19
The admission ticket is also valid for a visit to the MAK on the same day.
Guided toursevery Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m. (held in German), from4 May to 1 December
Walkarounds and various expertguided theme tours afford an insight into a variety of different aspects of Biedermeier life.
Special tours on a variety of subjects bookable for individuals and groups, also outside opening hours.
Information and inquiries T +43 1 711 36-298,
How to get thereTram line 41 Schottentor to Pötzleinsdorf, then bus line 41A to Khevenhüllerstraße (one stop)