MISSING LINK

Strategies of a Viennese Architecture Group (1970–1980)

Wed, 11.5.2022—Sun, 2.10.2022

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

Founded in 1970 by Angela Hareiter, Otto Kapfinger, and Adolf Krischanitz, the architecture group Missing Link is one of the most important phenomena to appear on Austria’s avant-garde art and architecture scene of the 1970s. With their boundary-breaking and interdisciplinary projects, they looked for the missing links between people, architecture, urbanism, art, and social fabric and enriched the repertoire of architecture with new, experimental concepts. During the decade of its existence, the group produced an extremely multifaceted and very respected body of work that comprises not only art objects, paintings, drawings, and texts but also actions, performances, and experimental films.
 
In 2014 the MAK was able to acquire almost the entire oeuvre of Missing Link together with comprehensive documentary material as a legacy. With the exhibition and accompanying publication, as well as the cataloging of the holdings in the museum’s online database, Missing Link’s complete works are now accessible in full for the first time: from the protagonists’ early works—mostly utopian projects associated with the so-called Austrian Phenomenon—via various artistic actions in the 1970s, media analyses, and research projects, to the so-called Wiener Studien [Viennese Studies] and their participation in the exhibition Austrian New Wave in New York. Embedded in the history of art and architecture, the form and content of Missing Link’s work is contextualized in the show: on display are works by the group’s contemporaries such as Walter Pichler, Hans Hollein, Birgit Jürgenssen, Ettore Sottsass, and Joseph Beuys, as well as historical approaches, such as those by Otto Wagner, Josef Frank, the architecture of Red Vienna, and Viennese coffeehouse culture.
 
MAK Exhibition Hall, 11 May – 2 October 2022
 
Curator: Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Curator, MAK Furniture and Woodwork Collection
Curatorial Advisor: Anna Dabernig
 

GUIDED TOURS

Regular TOURS OF THE EXHIBITION take place on Saturdays at 2 pm, as of July at 4.30 pm.

EXPERIENCE MISSING LINK BY LISTENING!

At guide.MAK.at you can find audios on the highlights of the exhibition for free and without download.

PUBLICATION 

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication MISSING LINK: Strategies of a Viennese Architecture Group (1970–1980), MAK Studies 29, by Anna Dabernig and Sebastian Hackenschmidt, edited by Lilli Hollein and Sebastian Hackenschmidt. German/English, 332 pages with a comprehensive catalogue raisonné and numerous illustrations, most of which are published here for the first time. MAK, Vienna/Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2022. Available from the start of the exhibition at the MAK Design Shop and online at MAKdesignshop.at for € 42.

Program (9 Events)

Sat, 2.7.2022 4.30 pm5.30 pm

Exhibition Tour MISSING LINK (IN GERMAN)

Exhibition Tour MISSING LINK (IN GERMAN)
Guided Tour through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team. 
 
REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 
HEADPHONES
The tour requires headphones. Please provide your own (3.5 mm standard connector) if possible. 
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
Per person € 3,50 + admission to the museum 
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall
 
LANGUAGE
German
 

1459977553881
Tue, 5.7.2022 6.30 pm7 pm
Guided Tour

kurz und gut (in German)

zu MISSING LINK
kurz und gut (in German)
Guided Tour (30 Minutes) through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team 
 
REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 
HEADPHONES
The tour requires headphones. Please provide your own (3.5 mm standard connector) if possible. 
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
Per person € 2 + admission to the museum 
Admission every Tuesday 6–9 pm € 7
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall
 
LANGUAGE
German
 

1459977553881
Sat, 9.7.2022 4.30 pm5.30 pm

Exhibition Tour MISSING LINK (IN GERMAN)

Exhibition Tour MISSING LINK (IN GERMAN)
Guided Tour through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team. 
 
REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 
HEADPHONES
The tour requires headphones. Please provide your own (3.5 mm standard connector) if possible. 
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
Per person € 3,50 + admission to the museum 
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall
 
LANGUAGE
German
 

1459977553881
Sat, 16.7.2022 4.30 pm5.30 pm

Exhibition Tour MISSING LINK (IN GERMAN)

Exhibition Tour MISSING LINK (IN GERMAN)
Guided Tour through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team. 
 
REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 
HEADPHONES
The tour requires headphones. Please provide your own (3.5 mm standard connector) if possible. 
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
Per person € 3,50 + admission to the museum 
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall
 
LANGUAGE
German
 

1459977553881
Sat, 23.7.2022 4.30 pm5.30 pm

Exhibition Tour MISSING LINK (IN GERMAN)

Exhibition Tour MISSING LINK (IN GERMAN)
Guided Tour through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team. 
 
REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 
HEADPHONES
The tour requires headphones. Please provide your own (3.5 mm standard connector) if possible. 
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
Per person € 3,50 + admission to the museum 
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall
 
LANGUAGE
German
 

1459977553881
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Media

Documentation of the performance „Treffen auf dem Feld“ [“Meeting in the Field”], Trausdorf, 1972
Photographs: Gert Winkler 
© MAK
 
Missing Link, Das Flaggschiff [The Flagship], 1978 
© MAK
 
Stills from the film 16. November, Eine Utopie in 9 wirklichen Bildern [16 November, Utopia in 9 Real Images], 1972 Photographs: Gert Winkler © MAK
 
Missing Link, Betonbrecher [Concrete Crusher], 1971 © MAK
 
Documentation of the performance „Treffen auf dem Feld“ [“Meeting in the Field”], Trausdorf, 1972
Photographs: Gert Winkler 
© MAK
 
Missing Link, Gehsteigordner [Sidewalk Organizer], 1973 
© MAK
 
Missing Link, Luftschiff [Airship], 1974 © MAK
 
Missing Link, In einem nicht näher bezeichneten Land [In an Unspecified Country], 1975 © MAK
 
Stills from the film 16. November, Eine Utopie in 9 wirklichen Bildern [16 November, Utopia in 9 Real Images], 1972 
Photographs: Gert Winkler © MAK
 
MAK Exhibition View, 2022
MISSING LINK: Strategies of a Viennese Architecture Group (1970–1980) 
MAK Exhibition Hall
© Stefan Lux/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2022
MISSING LINK: Strategies of a Viennese Architecture Group (1970–1980) 
MAK Exhibition Hall
© Stefan Lux/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2022
MISSING LINK: Strategies of a Viennese Architecture Group (1970–1980) 
MAK Exhibition Hall
© Stefan Lux/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2022
MISSING LINK: Strategies of a Viennese Architecture Group (1970–1980) 
MAK Exhibition Hall
© Stefan Lux/MAK
Missing Link, Design for a production box, 1971
© MAK
Missing Link, Im Café [At the Café], 1978
© MAK
Missing Link, Hängeraum [Hanging Space], drawing, 1971
© MAK