Furniture and accessories created around 1900 are in the focus of a new exhibit which has much more to offer than visitors may expect.
“Wien 1900” (Vienna 1900) is the title of the exhibition which was recently kicked off at the MAK, the Museum for Applied Arts (Museum für angewandte Kunst) in Vienna. It is no surprise that creations by Adolf Loos and Josef Hoffmann are an essential part of the exhibit. However, visitors are also informed about political and sociological developments in Austria between 1900 and the 1930s when Austria became part of the Nazis’ Third Reich. Chairs, cupboards and cutlery designed and built around 1900 give an impression of what Austria’s creative elite was capable of. Graphics, election campaign posters and toys are also on display.
Apart from the “Wien 1900” exhibition, the MAK hosts exhibitions about a commercial poster design competition for students and young artists and a celebrated Manga story. Tokihiko Ishiki created “Japan sinkt” (Japan Sinks) between 2006 and 2009. The artist explained he was influenced by a bestseller released in 1973 when he wrote the gripping story about Japan’s fictional doom.
By offering such a wide spectrum of exhibitions, the MAK once more proves to be one of the most important museums of the Austrian capital. The institution might not be the number one choice of tourists, but everyone interested in sophisticated exhibits about artistic developments in the old days and the creations of contemporary designers should take their time and visit it.
Visit http://www.mak.at for information about ticket prices and opening hours.