Hardly any other country exists whose history of ceramics shapes its identity as fundamentally as that of Vietnam, where wars
and catastrophes have irrevocably destroyed historic monuments and works of art. Ceramic works are pre-eminent in providing
direct insight into the course of a countrys cultural history, for they demonstrate transfer of techniques and autonomous
further developments in a way that scarcely any other material can compete with.
For the first time in Vienna in such comprehensive abundance, ceramic objects from Vietnam some thousands of years old document the continuing tradition of a craft and the contribution made by this South Asian country to world culture. This exhibition is being presented with loans from a private collection, which also provided exhibits for the show Cross over (2010/2011). It aims to correct the European image of Eastand Southeast-Asian ceramics, shaped above all by the export of Chinese and Japanese porcelains over the centuries.
Curator Johannes Wieninger, MAK Curator Asia
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.