Lithograph on paper in apple shape with lots of apples in baskets

The art of weaving

On the occasion of its 80th birthday, the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition by the German artist Thomas Bayrle, which integrates several of the museum's departments. The central work of the show is a specially created, outsize installation in the MAK Hall of Columns made from countless iPhones, entitled "iPhone meets Japan": The accessible scene reflects a Japanese shunga by Nishikawa Sukenobu (designed around 1720) from the museum's Asian collection. Bayrle translates the erotic woodcut into a "superform" of iPhones that oscillates between a couple indulging in a fleeting game of aromas and architectural elements, all under the sign of digital networking.

The exhibition "When something is too long – make it longer" turns the MAK into a showplace for a newly adopted interaction between art and handicraft, artists and weavers. Bayrle deals with contemporary media. As part of the exhibition, he casts light on the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts. Using graphic, sculptural, painting, textile and installation works, he weaves several rooms into the project surface for his interpretation of "Social Fabric": social interrelationships that he takes his inspiration for from the art of weaving.

Thomas Bayrle: When something's too long − make it longer

25 October 2017 - 2 April 2018

MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art

Stubenring 5 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Every Tuesday: MAK NITE with free admission from 6 pm - 10 pm
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: Special offer
  • Opening times

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

    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        at the staff entrance Weiskirchnerstrasse
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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      Elevator to the exhibition rooms.

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