The winter exhibition 1899/1900 represents one of the crucial turning-points regarding the development towards modern art within the "k.k. Öst. Museum für Kunst und Industrie", the Austrian Imperial and Royal Museum for Art and Industry. With the presentations of designs by Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, Joseph Maria Olbrich and Otto Wagner executed by the best companies of the empire, Arthur von Scala (1845-1909), director of the museum from 1897 to 1909, pursued new paths in order to support the Art Nouveau movement emerging at the end of the 19th century in favor of historicism. A hundred years later, the MAK documents this significant event, highlighting the model character of the MAK for art and industry at the turn of the millenium.