Project Manager: Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Curator, Metal Collection and Wiener Werkstätte Archive; Research and Documentation:
The objective here is to document all of the MAK’s Wiener Werkstätte lace and embroideries and to arrive at the most exact
descriptions possible via research on the designing artists, the period of the items’ creation and their actual production,
taking advantage of the unusually rich documentary material that is available. Examination of this material began in 2011,
and it is to be made accessible to users as part of the MAK Collection online in 2017.
Project Manager: Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Curator, Metal Collection and Wiener Werkstätte Archive Research and Documentation: Angela Völker
Textiles and Carpets Collection
Curator: Silke Geppert
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.
The joint arrangement of precious glasses with valuable needle and bobbin lace in the Renaissance Baroque Rococo Collection
on permanent display not only complies with aspects of art history, but also places these delicate materials in a visual-sensuous
dialogue with each other that enhances and accentuates their aesthetic effect with striking clarity.