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“Free On A Tuesday Evening” 4 of 5 bubbles
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.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
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“Free On A Tuesday Evening”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

We visited the MAK after 6.00pm on a Tuesday evening when entrance to the Museum is free. The main draw for us was Gustav Klimt’s sketch for the Tree of Life. The sketch was really interesting especially as it contains the artist’s notes for the Stoclet Frieze in Brussels. Next to Klimt’s sketch is a work by Margaret Macdonald, the wife of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which was also impressive. On a negative note, the lighting wasn’t particularly good for viewing in this room.

Despite the free entrance, staff were friendly and helpful. We tried to make up for getting in for free by buying a few items in the museum’s shop.

Visited April 2014
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Graz, Austria
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“Brilliant if you're interested”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014

If you're interested in design and applied arts, this is definitely a museum you should visit. If you don't care for it, you'll be bored out of your mind.

On a side note, there was a really nice museum guard whom I spoke with. See, museum guards of the world, you don't always have to look grim.

Visited May 2014
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“Vienna 1900”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

Enjoyed visiting this museum specifically to see the Vienna 1900 exhibit and Klimt's Nine Cartoons for the execution of a frieze for the dining room of Palais Stoclet in Brussels (aka "The Tree of Life"). This, in combination with the exhibit at the Leopold Museum, is a perfect package to experience and learn about the Secession movement and its impact on painting, graphics, glass and furniture.

There were several empty rooms so it does not seem that the museum is fully used. Also saw what looked to be a very nice restaurant.

Visited May 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Marvellous MAK”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

A hidden surprise on the #2 tramline, the MAK has many things to commend it all of which may be found on its website or in the guide book. It's a much ignored museum which deserves better for it is well curated and has an excellent restaurant.

Visited January 2014
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Don't Miss!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

Not as well known as the attractions in the Museum District, the MAK (Museum for Applied Arts) is located on the Ring in a lovely late-Victorian building designed for this use. The spectaular permanent collection is enhanced by temporary installations in an adjacent building; comfortable sofas in the attrium plus a stylish bar/restaurant and bookstore help make the MAK one of the most welcoming spots in town.

Visited October 2013
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