Goblet with Presentoir Showing Color Samples, Vienna, ca. 1816 Execution: Imperial Porcelain Manufactory Vienna
Exhibition

300 YEARS OF THE VIENNA PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY

Wed, 16.05.2018–Sun, 23.09.2018

MAK Exhibition Hall

With its wide-ranging jubilee exhibition 300 YEARS OF THE VIENNA PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY, the MAK is drawing attention to the history and significance of the second-oldest porcelain manufactory in Europe. Founded in May 1718 when the imperial privilege for porcelain production was granted to Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier, the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory set new aesthetic standards over the following decades. Some 1 000 objects from the holdings of the MAK as well as national and international collections offer a formidable overview of Viennese developments in the context of Asian precursors and European competitors.
 
The MAK has housed the legacy of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory—under imperial ownership from 1744 and closed in 1864—and has been dedicated to researching porcelain since its founding years. With examples from all eras of production, the legacy provides an overview of some 150 years of porcelain production in Vienna. Viennese porcelain production covered a wide spectrum of ceramics: from dinnerware sets and vases to clocks, from high-quality porcelain sculptures to scenic and floral miniatures, from porcelain paintings with cobalt blue and gold decorations in relief to large-format porcelain pictures with floral still lifes.
 
The exhibition 300 YEARS OF THE VIENNA PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY presents the latest research findings with as yet unpublished documents on major works by the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory, such as the porcelain room from the Palais Dubsky in Brno (ca. 1740) and the centerpiece from Zwettl Abbey (Vienna, 1767/68). Both the “Dubsky Room,” one of the first rooms to be decorated with European porcelain, and the centerpiece from Zwettl Abbey are on permanent display in the MAK Permanent Collection Baroque Rococo Classicism, designed by Donald Judd.

Publication
The exhibition is accompanied by the publication 300 Years of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory, edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Rainald Franz, with texts by Rainald Franz, Andreas Gamerith, Michael Macek, Errol Manners, Waltraud Neuwirth, Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel, A. Philipp Revertera, Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Ulrike Scholda, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Leonhard Weidinger, and Johannes Wieninger. German/English, ca. 208 pages with numerous color illustrations. MAK, Vienna/Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart 2018. Available at the MAK Design Shop and at MAKdesignshop.at, for € 44.

Curator
Rainald Franz, Curator, MAK Glass and Ceramics Collection
Research Associate
Michael Macek, MAK Glass and Ceramics Collection


Guided Tours

Exhibition Tours
Every Sun, 3 p.m.

VIENNA PORCELAIN DAY
Exhibition tours
Sun, 27.5.2018, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

EVENING OF PORCELAIN TREASURES
Tue, 12.6.2018
6 p.m., Expert-Guided Tour
with Michael Macek, Research Associate, MAK Glass and Ceramics Collection
6–9 p.m., Have Your Porcelain Valued!
The experts Regina Herbst, Magda Pfabigan and Ursula Rohringer, Dorotheum Vienna, will share their expert opinions of your porcelain and provide an estimate of its worth in the MAK Kaminzimmer.
With the password “Porzellan-Schätze,” admission is free from 6 p.m. onwards.

Curator-Guided Tours
with Rainald Franz, Curator, MAK Glass and Ceramics Collection
Tue, 29.5.2018, 6 p.m.
Tue 17. 7.2018, 6 p.m.

Expert-Guided Tours
with Michael Macek, Research Associate, MAK Glass and Ceramics Collection
Tue, 12.6.2018, 6 p.m. 
Tue 14.8.2018, 6 p.m.
Combined Guided Tours
Wed, 23.05.2018, 2.00 pm registration no longer possible
Wed, 20.06.2018, 2.00 pm registration no longer possible
Wed, 12.09.2018, 2.00 pm
Combined Guided Tour Porcelain Museum Augarten/MAK 300 YEARS OF THE VIENNA PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY
Meeting point: Porcelain Museum in the Augarten Park (Obere Augartenstraße 1, 1020 Vienna), guided tour continued at the MAK
Attendance fee: € 24 (full price) or € 20 (reduced)
Duration: ca. 3–3.5 hrs.
WEDNESDAYS AT THE MAK
Guided tour through the exhibition followed by further discussion at the restaurant Salonplafond im MAK.
Wed, 20.06.2018, 3.00 pm registration no longer possible

MINI MAK

Sun, 20.05.2018, 11.00 am registration no longer possible
Porcelain, What’s That?
Guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)

MAK4FAMILY

Sat, 26.05.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm registration no longer possible
Sat, 23.06.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm registration no longer possible
Porcelain This, Porcelain That, Porcelain the Other: Just don’t drop it!
Workshop and guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)

MAK Design Kids

Sat, 19.05.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm registration no longer possible
Wild Porcelain Manufactory
Workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds (unaccompanied)
Sat, 02.06.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm registration no longer possible
Wild Porcelain Manufactory
Workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds (unaccompanied)
Sat, 16.06.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm registration no longer possible
Wild Porcelain Manufactory
Workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds (unaccompanied)

MAK on TOUR

Day Trip by Bus incl. guided tour of the exhibition

Loosdorf Palace, Lower Austria >>
Sun, 17.06.2018, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Holíč Palace, Slovakia >> 
Sun, 16.09.2018, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.



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Opening Hours

Tue 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Wed–Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Mon closed

Admission

€ 12 / reduced € 9
Free admission for children and teens under 19

Tuesdays 6–10 p.m. admission € 5
 
Family ticket € 15
(two adults and at least one minor child up to 14)

Porcelain-Combined Ticket
€ 16 / reduced € 12
valid for MAK and Porcelainmuseum at the Augarten
 

Guided Tours

MAK TOURS – every Saturday at 11 a.m. a tour through the MAK in German; every Sunday at noon in English.

Attendance fee: € 3,50 per person (1 h),  € 5  per person (1,5 h), except children up to 6 and holders of  “Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur-Pass”

Special and Group Tours

by advance booking
Gabriele Fabiankowitsch, Head of Educational Program and Guided Tours
T +43 1 711 36-298
(Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–4 p.m.),

 

Multimedia Guide

for Vienna 1900, Asia, Carpets: € 2

Or download the app for free to your own tablet (iOS and Android)!
 

Barrier Free Access

Elevator and toilets at the entrance Weiskirchnerstraße 3


Videochannel

Video

300 YEARS OF THE VIENNESE PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY

Wed, 16.05.2018–Sun, 23.09.2018
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Thematic area Eating and Drinking

MAK DESIGN LAB

Eating and Drinking
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MAK Collection

Ceramics Collection

Curator: Rainald Franz
With representative holdings of ceramics from Austrian production from the sixteenth century until today, unique groups of objects such as the legacy of the Wiener Porzellanmanufactur (Vienna Porcelain Manufactory) and the extensive collection of tiled stoves, hafner ware, and majolica of the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The MAK’s Ceramics Collection is one of the foremost collections of its type in the world.
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