The exhibition finds its starting point in American Minimal Art, which was one of the most influential artistic movements
of the 20th centurys second half, and goes on to deal with Minimal Art precursors and more recent further developments
of minimalism in the field of furniture and furniture-like art. Many aspects of the minimalist aesthetic, characterized
above all by a simple, clear and for the most part geometric formal language, are already evident in the furniture designed
by architects during the early 20th century. Over the past few years, such furniture has been increasingly rediscovered by
contemporary artists, some of whom refer explicitly to Minimal Art in their works. Even if minimalist art objects usually
require a great deal of space in order to have their effect on the viewer, this exhibitionin keeping with the motto
maximally minimal dares to meet the viewers gaze with a comparatively large number of pieces of furniture
and artworks placed within a small space.
Curator Sebastian Hackenschmidt, MAK Curator Furniture and Woodworks
MAK Study Collection In the Study Collection, the MAK exhibits selected objects of its extensive collection on a permanent basis. The arrangement by materials corresponds to the specializations of the collections curators, while the selection is based mainly on major lines of development. Temporary exhibitions offer an opportunity to cast a spotlight on various aspects of the collection and to consider objects in the collection between the poles of applied and contemporary art.