Exhibition

RAIMUND ABRAHAM

Angles and Angels. Drawings Models Prototypes

Wed, 17.06.2020–Sun, 18.10.2020

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

The Austrian-American architect Raimund Abraham (1933–2010) saw architecture in close connection with art, philosophy, literature, and film—an ideational interaction highlighted in the current MAK exhibition. The exhibition title, Angles and Angels, is a play on words, one that can be interpreted as conceptual and poetic. In his manifesto EYES DIGGING (New York, 2001), Abraham sketches his exploratory approach to architecture and the importance of visionary writers, philosophers, poets, theorists, and composers such as Stéphane Mallarmé, James Joyce, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Arnold Schönberg to his architectural practice.

Structural, archetypal, and neo-futuristic basic shapes characterize Raimund Abraham’s designs and buildings. In the early 1960s, he was part of Vienna’s avant-garde scene, along with Hans Hollein, Walter Pichler, Hermann Nitsch, and Peter Kubelka. Initial drawings and collages for visionary spaces, architecture, and utopian city models were created. Abraham’s international network involved partnerships with Vito Acconci, Peter Eisenman, and Lebbeus Woods, among others, and he was a close friend of film director Jonas Mekas, who portrayed him in his film Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham (2013).

Abraham himself spoke of “imaginary architecture,” (unrealized) “projects,” and “executed buildings.” Based on his drawings as a stimulus for thought and the storyline of his architectural creations, the MAK exhibition uses collages, models, and furnishings prototypes to showcase Abraham’s designs, projects, and architectural achievements, which explore the conflicting interplay between the individual and sociopolitical challenges of his time.

Curator: Bärbel Vischer, Curator, MAK Contemporary Art Collection

Opening of the exhibition

Tue, 16 June 2020, 6 p.m.
Free admission on Tuesday evening from 18:00-21:00 from 16 June to 31 July 2020

Filmscreening

Jonas Mekas
Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham
USA 2013, 365 min., orig. Engl. version

Tue, 25 Aug and 22 Sep 2020
2 p.m.
Break at 5 p.m. (30 min.)
 
Sat, 5 Sep and 26 Sep 2020
11 a.m.
Break at 2 p.m. (30 min.)

Program (7 Events)

Tue, 22.09.2020 2.00 pm

Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham

Film, Jonas Mekas, 2013
Sat, 26.09.2020 11.00 am

Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham

Film, Jonas Mekas, 2013
Sat, 26.09.2020 2.00 pm 4.00 pm
MAK4FAMILY
Workshop for the whole family

RAIMUND ABRAHAM. Auf Kollision mit Haus und Skulptur

RAIMUND ABRAHAM. Auf Kollision mit Haus und Skulptur
Der Architekt Raimund Abraham versteht Architektur nicht als Gebäude, sondern als Zusammenstoß mit einem Ort. Zeichnungen und Modelle zwischen Fantasie und wirklich Gebautem inspirieren euch für eure eigene Kopfgeburt. Skulptur oder Haus? Stadt oder Denkmal? Vorstellung oder Realität? – Kommt mit und lasst euch entführen in die Welt des Raimund Abraham!

Die Veranstaltung findet im Rahmen des wienXtra kinderaktiv-Programms statt. 

THE FORMAT MAK4FAMILY

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month (except July, August, and December) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the MAK hosts a workshop and guided tour for the whole family (aged 4+).


PRACTICAL INFO

Workshop and guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Fee for materials: € 4.50 per child (with free admission)
Reduced admission for accompanying adults
Meeting place: MAK Columned Main Hall
1459977554986
Thu, 01.10.2020 4.30 pm

Curator-Guided Tour RAIMUND ABRAHAM

Curator-Guided Tour RAIMUND ABRAHAM
Curator-Guided Tour with Bärbel Vischer through the exhibition RAIMUND ABRAHAM

REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is absolutely necessary.
 
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

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, 03.10.2020 2.00 pm 4.00 pm
MAK Design Kids

Der Schatten fällt nicht weit vom Haus!

Der Schatten fällt nicht weit vom Haus!
mit dem Architekten und Ausstellungsgestalter Itai Margula
 
Häuser müssen nicht unbedingt gebaut werden. Ein Stück Papier, ein Bleistift und viel Fantasie reichen vollkommen aus. Auf das Bauen können wir heute gut verzichten – weil: auch das kleinste Haus kann den längsten Schatten werfen! 

DAS FORMAT MAK Design Kids

Jeden 1. Samstag im Monat, 14:00–16:00 Uhr: ExpertInnen aus Medien, Kunst und Design entwickeln ein eigenes Workshopprogramm, an dem maximal zehn Kinder, ohne Begleitung, teilnehmen dürfen. Gemeinsam vertiefen sie sich in die unterschiedlichsten Themen, beschäftigen sich mit aktuellen Fragestellungen und lernen den Umgang mit verschiedenen Materialien und Techniken.

PRAKTISCHE INFOS

Workshop für 8- bis 12-Jährige (ohne Begleitperson)
Begrenzte TeilnehmerInnenzahl
Teilnahmegebühr: € 8 (bei freiem Eintritt)
1459977554986
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Media

RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels
Drawings Models Prototypes
Raimund Abraham, Residential and commercial building Friedrichstraße, Berlin, 1987
© Wolfgang Woessner/MAK
RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels
Drawings Models Prototypes
Raimund Abraham, Sphere project, 1991
© MAK/Georg Mayer
MAK Exhibition View, 2020
RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels. Drawings Models Prototypes
MAK Works on Paper Room
© Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2020
RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels. Drawings Models Prototypes
MAK Works on Paper Room
© Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2020
RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels. Drawings Models Prototypes
MAK Works on Paper Room
© Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2020
RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels. Drawings Models Prototypes
MAK Works on Paper Room
© Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2020
RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels. Drawings Models Prototypes
MAK Works on Paper Room
© Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK