MAK Permanent Collection

Carpets

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

For the MAK’s 150th anniversary, designer Michael Embacher has given the Permanent Collection Carpets a new spatial concept that integrates an artistic intervention by Turkish artist Füsun Onur. This new presentation features the carpets of the MAK Collection as components of an intercultural dialog, as elements of exchange both within Asia and between Asia and Europe. Collection objects from the Ottoman and Safavid Empires are joined here by a selection of European pieces, and other objects from the arts-and-crafts sphere interrelate with the carpets from their respective regions of origin, serving to place them in a multilayered formal context and to underline their historical authenticity.

The MAK’s collection of carpets numbers among the three most important such collections worldwide. Its core is formed by classical output from the 16th and 17th centuries, during which the great Islamic realms of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals experienced their golden ages. In addition to pieces from the Islamic world, the MAK is also home to a group of high-quality 18th-century carpets from the Savonnerie manufactory in France. Overall highlights include a unique silk Mamluk carpet, a Safavid hunting carpet, a carpet from Herat ornamented with spiraling tendrils, a figurative Indian piece from the era of Akbar, the Great, and the Savonnerie carpets of Emperor Josef II. The MAK’s collection came together less via systematic acquisitions and more due to the historically motivated integration of holdings, with each group originally having been compiled according to an independent set of criteria. The first carpet was purchased for the museum quite early on, in 1868—and by 1922, most of the items that comprise the present-day collection were already united beneath one roof. The most important ones were former imperial property.

The visualization of the closely interlinked geographic, stylistic, and cultural connections between Europe and both the Middle East and south-western Asia from the period between the 15th and 18th centuries is a central aspect of the display space’s curatorial reconception and redesign. In his architectural concept, Michael Embacher juxtaposes carpets of differing origins, highlighting their plasticity and fragility by using thin steel cables to weave them into his spectacular whole-room installation’s outer shell. Thus positioned at various heights, slightly tilted and turned, the individual objects seem to float within the space.


ARTISTIC INTERVENTION
FÜSUN ONUR

Füsun Onur (*1938, Istanbul) gives rise here to a beguiling interplay between worlds of ideas, cultures, and religion. The artist has fashioned an ephemeral female angel who floats level with the gallery, presiding over the collected objects as if sent as an all-uniting or all-questioning sign. In so doing, Onur liberates the figure of the angel—a protagonist common to the scriptures of the Tanakh, the Old and New Testaments and the Koran—from preestablished notions of global and intellectual territories in a gesture that is both conceptual and poetic.

Curator Barbara Karl, Curator, MAK Textiles and Carpets Collection
Design Michael Embacher
Artistic Intervention Füsun Onur, curated by Bärbel Vischer, Curator, MAK Contemporary Art Collection

Publication

The MAK Permanent Collection Carpets is accompanied by the MAK/GUIDE Carpets, edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Barbara Karl, texts by Barbara Karl, Edith Oberhumer, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Bärbel Vischer, and Angela Völker, as well as an interview with Michael Embacher, German/English, ca. 192 pages and appr. 100 color illustrations, Vienna / Munich-London-New York: MAK / Prestel Verlag, 2014. Available at the MAK Design Shop for € 9,90.

 

 

Program (4 Events)

Tue, 08.12.2020 6.30 pm
Guided Tour

Happy Hour – As You Like It!

Happy Hour – As You Like It!
Let yourself be surprised by the MAK’s personal recommendations, and let your curiosity be aroused for more! Every Tuesday, our art and culture mediators put together an individual tour in which they link topics from the historical MAK Permanent Collection with the MAK DESIGN LAB.
  • Form Follows Technique 
  • Ornament and Crime                      
  • (Design-)Dilemma      
  • Background Stories                                
  • Staging Everyday Life
  • Animal Stories                                           
  • Showing the Invisible
  • Love Stories 
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PROTECTIVE MEASURES
Please wear a mouth-nose protection (mnp) during guided tours. If you have not brought a mnp with you, you can purchase one for € 3 at the MAK Ticket Desk. The general protective measures for the museum visit also apply during the tour. Further information here
 
HEADPHONES
We kindly ask you to bring personal headphones (standard 3.5 mm connection) to the tours if possible. Alternatively, disposable headphones can be purchased for € 1 at the ticket office.
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
€ 3,50
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall

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6–9 p.m.
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Sat, 12.12.2020 11.00 am
Guided tour

Focus on: Luxury yesterday—today—tomorrow

Focus on: Luxury yesterday—today—tomorrow
From the Baroque through Viennese Modernism to the corona crisis, aspirations, possibilities, and needs change – luxury can and will continue to constantly develop further and change. What was self-explanatory yesterday might tomorrow already be luxury, and vice versa.

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PROTECTIVE MEASURES
Please wear a mouth-nose protection (mnp) during guided tours. If you have not brought a mnp with you, you can purchase one for € 3 at the MAK Ticket Desk. The general protective measures for the museum visit also apply during the tour. Further information here
 
HEADPHONES
We kindly ask you to bring personal headphones (standard 3.5 mm connection) to the tours if possible. Alternatively, disposable headphones can be purchased for € 1 at the ticket office.
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
€ 3,50
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall
1459977553881
Sat, 19.12.2020 11.00 am
Guided tour

Focus on: Applied art as a flavor enhancer

Focus on: Applied art as a flavor enhancer
The MAK was founded in 1864 as a collection of paragons for good taste, and questions of taste also remain omnipresent in the 21st century, with a changed task.

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Please wear a mouth-nose protection (mnp) during guided tours. If you have not brought a mnp with you, you can purchase one for € 3 at the MAK Ticket Desk. The general protective measures for the museum visit also apply during the tour. Further information here
 
HEADPHONES
We kindly ask you to bring personal headphones (standard 3.5 mm connection) to the tours if possible. Alternatively, disposable headphones can be purchased for € 1 at the ticket office.
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
€ 3,50
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall
1459977553881
Sat, 26.12.2020 11.00 am
Guided tour

Focus on: Blurring boundaries

Focus on: Blurring boundaries
Applied and fine arts were strictly differentiated for a long time, but many objects of the MAK collection really blur boundaries when it comes to their classification. Experience objects at the intersection between articles of daily use and masterpieces.

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PROTECTIVE MEASURES
Please wear a mouth-nose protection (mnp) during guided tours. If you have not brought a mnp with you, you can purchase one for € 3 at the MAK Ticket Desk. The general protective measures for the museum visit also apply during the tour. Further information here
 
HEADPHONES
We kindly ask you to bring personal headphones (standard 3.5 mm connection) to the tours if possible. Alternatively, disposable headphones can be purchased for € 1 at the ticket office.
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
€ 3,50
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall
1459977553881
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Publikationen

MAK/Guide CARPETS

MAK/Guide CARPETS published on the occasion of the reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection Carpets. German/English, 192 pages, appr. 100 color illustrations, 24 x 12,5 cm, paperback, Vienna / Munich–London–New York: MAK / Prestel Verlag, 2014


Media

Exhibition View
MAK Vienna, 2014
Exhibition View
MAK Vienna, 2014
Mamluk Carpet
Mamluk Empire, Egypt, Cairo, after the 1st half 15th century, taken over from the Imperial Court in 1922
Füsun Onur
portrait, 2013
Savonnerie-Table Carpet with Flowers (detail)
Style of Louis XIII., France, Paris
Manufacture du Louvre or de Chaillot, mid 17th century
Figdor Carpet
Kerman garden carpet, Safavid Empire, South Iran, 1st half 17th century, purchased at the Albert Figdor auction in 1930
Carpet with Vases (detail)
Safavid Empire, South Iran, Kerman, 2nd half 17th c.
Exhibition View
MAK Vienna, 2014
Savonnerie Paravent Panels with Aesop Fable, Paris © MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen
Savonnerie Paravent Panels with Aesop Fable, Paris © MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen
Füsun Onur, Untitled
2013, Artistic Intervention for the MAK Permanent Collection Carpets
Carpet with Shrubs, Central Persia © MAK
Ostiran Animal Combat Carpet, East Persia © Lois Lammerhuber/MAK
Exhibition View © MAK
Exhibition View © MAK
Exhibition View © MAK
Exhibition View © MAK