Austrian philosopher Otto Neurath (1882-1945), a founder of the Vienna Circle and the Unity of Science movement, was a collaborator
with the leading planners, architects and artists of his time: Adolf Loos, Rudolf Carnap, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Josef
Frank, László Moholy-Nagy and Le Corbusier. Involved in housing development and museum exhibitions, Neurath promoted participatory
forms of democratic exchange, eager to create what he termed a 'global polis.' His inclinations and efforts had a profound
influence on a range of disciplines, including architecture, philosophy, economics, urbanism, and design.
The holdings of the MAKs collection of textiles, which is one of the foremost textile collections in the world, cover
the time from Late Antiquity until today; they encompass the globe with works from nearly all parts of Asia and Europe, and
even South America. The collection is a comprehensive material archive reflecting the artistic, technical, and economic developments
of this special field throughout the last 1,500 years. This richness of the material archive gives it a unique capability
of illustrating the multifaceted, international cultural interconnections that have developed over the centuries.