MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, USA
Decoding the human genome and genetically modifying plants and animals present new challenges for artists, architects and designers: the borders between subject and object, between organic and inorganic material as well as artistic and virtual existence become increasingly fluid. The Gen(h)ome Project deals with paradigm shifts in artistic responses to science, above all biology and genetics.
Participants includeGreg Lynn/FORM, Karl Chu, Servo, Marcos Novak, ocean D, Weathers-Sean Lally, Phillippe Rahm, Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, and Open Source Architecture.
Guest curatorsEran Neuman, Aaron Sprecher and Chandler Ahrens of Open Source Architecture CuratorKimberli Meyer, MAK Center Director
Halls of the MAK Permanent Collection 1993-2012/2013
Permanent Collection Orient
Artistic internvention: GANGART
The MAK Orient Collection on permanent display includes a display of precious knotted carpets. The most valuable pieces originally came from the Austrian Imperial House, while the remaining holdings came from the Oriental Museum or were purchased for the Museum für Kunst und Industrie (Museum of Art and Industry).
The MAK Romanesque Gothic Renaissance Collection on permanent display reflects the often long-term survival of stylistic characteristics in the decorative arts. A special highlight here is the most ancient set of medieval liturgical vestments to have been preserved in its entirety.
Curator: Rainald Franz, curator, Glass and Ceramics Collection
The main focus of the Study Collection Ceramics comprises objects of Viennese porcelain manufacturing (17181864). Furthermore, artists ceramics of the Viennese Art Nouveau as well as ceramic works from Vienna and the former Crown Lands invite visitors to explore the diversity of the MAK Ceramics Collection.