Exhibition Opening The 1873 Vienna World's Fair Revisited

Egypt and Japan as Europe’s “Orient”

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Vienna World Fair 1873, the special exhibition highlights a critical aspect of this internationally prestigious show: the “Orient” as a construct of 19th century Orientalism at the Vienna World Fair. 
Tue, 27.6.2023 7 pm9 pm
MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
With a focus on Egypt and Japan, which were often assigned to the “Orient” according to the understanding of cultural geography of the time, different facets of this phenomenon are shown. A close look at the, from today’s perspective, unusual composition of the countries and at the “inner workings” of the enthusiasm for the Orient during the World Fair in Vienna reveals the complexity of Orientalism in Vienna in the late 19th century.

On the exhibition
Lilli Hollein, General Director, MAK
Mio Wakita-Elis, Curator, MAK Asia Collection
Exhibition dates:
Free admission to the opening


The Wiener Werkstätte Artist Felice Rix-Ueno (1893–1967)