SIGNS TAKEN IN WONDER surveys the work of 33 international contemporary artists, born between the 1920s and the 1980s, whose art work engages with
aspects of the culture, history, and daily life of Istanbul, one of the worlds great metropolises. Istanbul has been
fascinating people for centuriesthe exhibition carries that fascination into the 21st century.
Many works in SIGNS TAKEN IN WONDER reflect the MAKs status as a museum whose collections span several centuries and materially embrace architecture, ceramics,
furniture, glass, metal work, works on paper, and textilesrefracted in myriad ways in the exhibition through the lens
of contemporary art. Significant for SIGNS TAKEN IN WONDER is the MAKs extensive holdings of Ottoman applied arts, or, that have traveled via Istanbul to Europe on trade-routes
from farther in the East, representing Istanbuls influence as a mediator between Asia and Europe. Because of these collection
holdingsand Viennas own status as a gateway to Eastern Europethe MAK operates as a global laboratory
of culture and maintains a special focus on EuropeAsia.