MAK Collection

The History of the MAK Collection - from the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry to today’s MAK

The MAK is home to an unparalleled collection of applied arts, design, architecture, and contemporary art which has developed in the course of 150 years.
 
In the way by which its collection came into being, the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, opened in 1864, was an exceptional case amidst the nascent Viennese museum landscape.
The museum, officially established in 1863 with an eye to promoting innovation, was a cultural institution based not on an imperial or noble collection but on one to be compiled from scratch, thereby following an entirely new concept that was closer to the bourgeois and liberal notion of advancing the trades than it was to any aristocratic representational desires. It was a modern museum oriented toward the needs of both the general populace and producers of goods.
Asia Collection

Asia Collection

Curator: Mio Wakita
Glass Collection

Glass Collection

Curator: Rainald Franz
Textiles and Carpets Collection

Textiles and Carpets Collection

Curator: Lara Steinhäußer
Library and Works on Paper Collection

Library and Works on Paper Collection

Head: Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel
Ceramics Collection

Ceramics Collection

Curator: Rainald Franz
Wiener Werkstätte Archive

Wiener Werkstätte Archive

Curator: Anne-Katrin Rossberg
Design Collection

Design Collection

Curator: Marlies Wirth
Metal Collection

Metal Collection

Curator: Anne-Katrin Rossberg
Contemporary Art Collection

Contemporary Art Collection

Curator: Bärbel Vischer
Furniture and Woodwork Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

Curator: Sebastian Hackenschmidt
MAK Collection online

MAK Collection online

A large proportion of the objects in the MAK Collection is available online at sammlung.mak.at/en