Vessels, treasure caskets, sheaths, boxes they all served as protection for the transportation of the objects deposited
within. Depending on their function, they are presented as artistically wrought, richly decorated or simple. They sometimes
anticipate in their outer shape the appearance of the objects kept inside.
Curator Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, MAK Curator Metal and Wiener Werkstätte Archive
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 of objects is based on major lines of development. Moreover, 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.