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MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art

MAK - Museum for Applied Arts

Design is one of the main features of MAK. The museum shows furniture, glass, china, silver, and textiles from the Middle Ages to the present day. Precious crafts from the Wiener Werkstätte, bentwood furniture by Thonet and art nouveau highlights such as the gilded design of Gustav Klimt for the frieze of the Stoclet Palais in Brussels.

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Exhibits in the Museum of Applied Arts Josef Hoffmann, Tea service, Vienna, 1903 version: Wiener Werkstätte (Konrad Koch)
Josef Hoffmann, Studio cabinet for Koloman Moser, Vienna, 1898 Josef Hoffmann, Studio cabinet for Koloman Moser, Vienna, 1898
Gustav Klimt, "Fulfillment" or "Lovers", design drawing for the Stoclet frieze Gustav Klimt, draft drawing of "Erfüllung" for Palais Stoclet, 1910/11

Bentwood chairs by Thonet are still used in Viennese coffeehouses, and armchairs from the Middle Ages to the present day look absolutely inviting. Biedermeier sofas surprise with pink, green, yellow, or red colors, because the Biedermeier style, with its simple and clear shapes, is considered the cradle of design.

Glass, china, silver, and textiles of the highest quality and in unusual designs were produced at the Wiener Werkstätte, which was founded in 1903 by Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. A hammered silver service by Hoffmann or a black and white vase will thrill not only lovers of art nouveau. In November 2012, the MAK show collection "Vienna 1900" was redesigned and dedicated in its entirety to the development of Viennese arts and crafts between 1890 and 1938. The exhibition rooms recount the story of the search for the modern style via the creation of a unique Viennese style to the confrontation of the Viennese style with the international style and ending with the National Socialists seizing power in Austria. From May 2012, an intervention of US artist Pae White deals with the Viennese Modern.

Also new is the MAK permanent collection Asia, which presents Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquer work, Japanese wood cuts and Japanese coloring stencil plates. The MAK permanent collection Carpets was reorganized in spring 2014. And the new MAK Design Laboratory makes references between art and everyday life on almost 2,000 m² in the former “Collection of Studies” (Studiensammlung). Contemporary art by Donald Judd, James Turrell and others and 12 sofas by Franz West span the artistic range to the present day. Young, sophisticated design to take away can be found in the MAK Design Shop, while the restaurant "Österreicher im MAK" provides culinary pampering. 

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MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art

Stubenring 5
1010   Wien
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  • Prices

    • Young people under 19  €0
    • Cheaper with the Vienna Card
    • Every Tuesday: MAK NITE with free admission from 6 pm - 10 pm
  • Opening hours

    • Tu, 10:00 - 22:00
    • We - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        at the staff entrance Weiskirchnerstrasse
    • More information
      • Guide dogs permitted
      • Restrooms with access for disabled persons available.
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      Elevator to the exhibition rooms.