The Federal Ministry of Austria. Arts and Culture, Civil Service and Sport (BMKOES), Division Arts and Culture, in cooperation with the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, is going to award a total of six scholarships for residency at the Mackey Apartments, Los Angeles, in 2023/2024. These scholarships are open to four free-lance artists, two advanced students of architecture (“2. Studienabschnitt”), and graduates of architecture immediately after completion of their degree.
MAK SCHINDLER INITIATIVE, LOS ANGELES
The involvement of the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art with Rudolph M. Schindler’s work began with one of the first exhibitions held at the new MAK in 1986 entitled R. M. Schindler, Architect, 1887−1953, which was the first time his œuvre was shown in Austria. This important exhibition revealed how little known this Austrian architect’s buildings were not only in his home country but internationally as well. When in winter 1991 the MAK explored what was left of Schindler's buildings in and around Los Angeles, it quickly became obvious that the situation had changed very little in the meantime. Retracing Schindler's steps led to La Jolla, to the Pueblo Ribera built in 1923/1925 and now heavily damaged, which was in the way of the developers, to his abandoned Kings Road House, which had once been the architect’s home and studio, to Silver Lake, where some of his “most elegant” villas can still be seen, and to Newport Beach, where the icon of the Lovell Beach House has been altered by later additions. The encounter with R. M. Schindler in L.A. turned more and more into a “commitment” towards the voluntary exile and, thus, into an opportunity for Austria, the country that had lost and exiled thousands of people. This was the starting point for the idea of an initiative that would not only encourage the preservation of R. M. Schindler’s buildings butand perhaps even more importantlyalso continue his vision in order to promote and influence today’s art and architecture.