The goal of the MAK Schools Program is starting a dialogue between schoolchildren and art educators. The MAK contents are clearly defined beforehand and broken down into easily digestible units. In a guided tour of one hour, pupils are given a concise survey of a given subject and, of course, may also ask questions.
The goal of the MAK Schools Program is starting a dialogue between schoolchildren and art educators.
Stories at the MAK (For school type / age groups 1, 2)Sitting Stories Sitting and Being SeatedAll about sitting furniturefrom sitting cross-legged or Turkish style to the MAKs oldest medieval folding chair (a sign of clerical dignity) and different types of sitting furniture (stool, chair, armchairindicating hierarchy) and to the Thonet chair, the Sacco, or the Lips Sofa. You can even try some of them out. As a concluding hand-on activity (upon request): making miniature bentwood furniture. Plus chair-bending workshop! Stories from China and Japan Life in a Chinese Village250 years ago, a large wallpaper was painted in China to be sent to Europe. It was intended to decorate all four walls of a smaller room of a Czech castle, telling visitors about life in a Chinese village. You see the village school and the village inn, you see shops, a barber, a dentist at work, and you can study in full detail people's clothes, their houses, and the Chinese landscapea real Wonderful MINI MAK Journey across the wallpaper. To the Old Japan with MINI MAK It is astounding how small houses were in Japan and how different the furniture was from ours. People slept on tatami mats (which also served as a square measure), they did not have much earthenware to eat or cook, and the kitchen was an open fireplace. The MINI MAK takes young visitors on a journey through the old Japan: trying on paper kimonos, eating with chopsticks, writing like the Japanese, or studying Japanese childrens games on old colored woodblock prints. Oriental Stories 1001 Mornings / 1001 AfternoonsCarpet, carpet on the wall, tell me thine tale, oh, tell me all!MINI MAK has chosen a number of tales from the Book of 1001 Nights which will be recited in front of valuable oriental carpets that once belonged to the Austrian imperial family. As the stories of Ali Baba, Aladdin and his Wonder Lamp, or the Magic Horse unfold, a sense of the faraway Orient spreads through the museum's carpet room. Museum Stories How a Museum WorksThe best place to find out is the museum itself, the MAK. There are all sorts of people with different jobs working at the MAKticket window people, guards, photographers, repository managers, scientists and researchers, people organizing exhibitions or guiding tours, and many more. Come and talk to some of them and ask them anything that you would like to know about their work. Motley HuesColors at the MAKCan Any Color be Used for Anything?A chair or a coffee cup may be bluebut an entire room? Does a sofa in the shape of a pair of lips have to be red? How can colors transform shape?23 Chinese vases show how coloring changes the impression of shape. Animal StoriesHunting wild animals at the MAKMonsters, winged horses, dragons, but also tigers, lions, and snakes are found at the MAK. No need to be afraid, though, for they all are made of wood, metal, porcelain
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MAK Exhibitions, MAK Collections(For school type / age groups 2, 3, 4)The guided tours offered relate to ongoing exhibitions and to specific segments of the MAK Collection categorized by material: Library and Works on Paper Collection Glass and Ceramics Metal Furniture and Woodwork Asia Textiles and CarpetsCollection focuses are one aspect of the tour programs offered, another one is the divsion into epochs of applied-art history: Middle Ages and Renaissance Baroque and Rococo Empire and Biedermeier Jugendstil, Art deco Wiener Werkstätte 20th and 21st Century ArchitectureOther focal themes: Materialtechnologyfunction The origins of our culture of eating and living Historical development of furniture A cultural history of sitting Development of table accessoriesthe set table Coffee, tea, and chocolatehow and since when were they served? Porcelainfrom the beginnings in China to the end of the Viennese Porcelain Manufactory Viennese porcelain the Viennese Porcelain Manufactory and the Dubsky Room Textiles at the MAK The MAK collection of carpets Fashion trends over time Chinese and/or Japanese art at the MAKMAK Branches Geymüllerschlössel and MAK-TowerVisiting the summer residence from the Empire and Biedermeier is possible between May and November every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visits during the week by appointment.Due to unforeseen repair works, the MAK Tower / Depot of Contemporary Art Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark is closed until further notice. We apologize.
ChargesFree admission for pupils under 19
One-hour guided tour: 40
One-hour workshop: 40 per MAK staff member
Information and bookingGabriele Fabiankowitsch, head of MAK Educational Program and Guided Tours T +43 1 711 36-298,
School type/Age groups1 Kindergarten (preschool)
2 Elementary school
3 secondary school, junior grammar school
4 Senior grammar school, vocational school