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Review of MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art

MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art is one of the most important museums of its kind worldwide. Founded as the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry in 1863, today’s museum—with its unique collection of applied arts and as a first-class address for contemporary art—can boast an incomparable identity. Originally established as an exemplary source collection, today’s MAK Collection continues to stand for an extraordinary union of applied art, design, contemporary art and architecture. In temporary exhibitions, the MAK presents various artistic stances from the fields of applied arts, design, architecture, contemporary art, and new media, with the mutual relationships between them being a consistently emphasized theme. The institution’s multifaceted mission allows for varied approaches, opening up new perspectives from which to regard historical relationships and offering frequent glimpses at artistically and societally relevant developments that are just beginning to appear on the horizon. The MAK, which defines itself as a laboratory of societal knowledge, is a place of collecting, research, preservation, education, and interactive learning, as well as a site of human encounters, interaction, and intercreativity. Thanks not least to its international branches and cross-border activities, the museum is also a forum of intercultural and artistic exchange as well as of fruitful dialog with designers, artists, and architects.
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Malaga, Spain
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“Wonderful Decorative Arts Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

The Museum of Applied Arts is housed in a beautiful building with an impressive inner patio. This museum is a decorative arts museum and is one of the best in Europe. One can see tapestries, antique furniture, Art Nouveau, Persian carpets, glassware, crystal, porcelain, doors, cabinets, desks, and many other things used in houses. All of the items are properly identified with a number and there is a free catalog for each of the salons which gives a description of the item. I especially enjoyed seeing the Art Nouveau glass displays.

One can learn many new things in this museum. It is a great learning institution where young designers can study designs of the past.

Visited May 2012
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“A different sort of Vienna Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2012

More of a technical museum, but interesting if you enjoy that sort of thing.

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“applied and contemporary art”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

lovely building in central location at stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna
every tuesday evening 6 pm to 10 pm free admission
I especially like their seating furniture exhibition ;-)

Visited September 2011
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“Seeing the Viennese impact on design”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

Also known as the MAK, this museum is located on the ring and easily accessible on the Tram #2. It focuses on applied arts and design and is open free on Saturdays. Highlights of the permanent exhibition for us were the displays of Wiener Werkstatte (including all the furniture design drawings from this studio), Jugendstil (art deco & nouveau), Renaissance baroque, and Biedermeier. We spent a lot of time studying the salon friezes by Klimt and Margaret McDonald which my wife and I found to be quite fascinating. There's also a very interesting hall where various bentwood style chairs are backlit to allow you to focus on the interaction of their graceful designs.

Visited January 2012
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“Relaxed design museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2011

We have visited this museum several times. On Saturday admission is free so this is good time to stop in. I think children and students are admitted free at any time. We have never found it crowded. There is a very nice restaurant and the shop is fun with lots of interesting contemporary gifts. Among many other things, there are outstanding collections of Biedermeier furniture, very old lace, glassware, textiles and ceramics. A large area is devoted to the Wiener Workstatte and Art Nouveau with exquisite furniture, lamps and other items used in homes. There are even some work drawings by Gustav Klimt for a frieze. Especially interesting is the Frankfurt Kitchen designed by Margarete Schutte-Lihotzky and used in about 10,000 municipal housing apartments at the time. The ideas for a small, workable yet inexpensive kitchen are taken for granted in kitchen design today. The building itself is as impressive architecturally as most Vienna museums. The cavernous central lobby has comfortable sofas where locals seem to hang out, and the restaurant also seems like a place where locals linger.

Visited November 2011
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