MAK Permanent Collection

Asia

China – Japan – Korea

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

Due to cleaning work, the MAK Permanent Collection ASIA will be closed from Tue, 19 until Fr 22 Oct 2021. We thank you for your understanding.


The Asia Collection of the MAK is one of the important collections in Europe of art and applied arts from the Asian region. It has been compiled from public and private collections during a history lasting 150 years and offers a wide-ranging view of the art history of Asia.

In February 2014 the MAK Permanent Collection Asia was opened with a design concept jointly developed with the Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata. From the outset it was envisaged that Kawamata’s modular constructed room composition from 2014 would be redesigned after roughly two years. In line with a revised spatial concept by Kawamata, the position of the vitrine modules has been altered, and numerous objects from the MAK Asia Collection have been exchanged.

Kawamata has “liberated” the artworks from their vitrines and opened up entirely new perspectives on the exhibits. The vitrines he designed, which reach all the way to the ceiling and are made of unpolished wood, have been rearranged to create a new experience of the space. Embedded in this new reinstallation, the curatorial view of the art and cultures of East Asia as well as the influence of Asian art on Europe also changed from 10 May 2016.

The new installation of the MAK Permanent Collection Asia on the museum ground floor opens up new perspectives.  “In Tadashi Kawamata the MAK has found the ideal artist for the newly conceived collection presentation. Ever since taking part in the Biennale in Venice in 1982, Tadashi Kawamata has been one of the leading contemporary artists in Asia and Europe. His works have an ephemeral character, thus are intensively related to place and time, subtly connecting the different cultures. His installation Yusuke Nakahara's Cosmology for the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan in 2012 is a reinterpretation of an art critic’s comprehensive library and inspired us to invite him to work with the MAK Asia Collection.” (Johannes Wieninger, Curator, Asia Collection)

From the outset it was envisaged that Kawamata’s modular constructed room composition from 2014 would be redesigned after roughly two years. In line with a revised spatial concept by Kawamata from 2016, the position of the vitrine modules had been altered, and numerous objects from the MAK Asia Collection had been exchanged in May 2016. Kawamata has “liberated” the artworks from their vitrines and opened up entirely new perspectives on the exhibits.

 

 

Kawamata’s ideas for the MAK Collection are based in concept on permanent change and the play of light and shade. Two large, scaffold-like showcase blocks will house the exhibits from the collection, enabling diverse viewpoints based on this shared “narrative through objects”. Kawamata will “envelop and embrace” the collection with his installation. Although seemingly chaotic at first glance and placed in confrontation to the collection objects, the contrast is only superficial. Tadashi Kawamata places the artworks in a context that keeps things moving, whether the act of observation or the observers themselves, for he says: “My projects are never finished; it seems quite natural to me that something is never finished.”

Artistic Concept and Design: Tadashi Kawamata 
Curator: Johannes Wieninger, Curator, MAK Asia Collection

PUBLICATION

The MAK Permanent Collection ASIA is accompanied by the MAK/GUIDE ASIA. China – Japan – Korea, edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Johannes Wieninger, texts by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Johannes Wieninger, as well as an interview with Tadashi Kawamata, German/English, 200 pages and appr. 100 color illustrations, Vienna / Munich–London–New York: MAK / Prestel Verlag, 2014. Available at the MAK Design Shop

 

AWARDS

Silver for the MAK at the International Design & Communication Awards (Istanbul), 2015: The MAK scored with the reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection ASIA. China – Japan – Korea >>>
 

Program (21 Events)

Sat, 23.10.2021 11.00 am 12.00 pm

Tour of the MAK (in German)

Tour of the MAK (in German)
A tour of the museum offers an insight into all areas of the collection. After a brief introduction to the history of the house, the permanent MAK display collection is visited, the presentation concepts explained and individual objects discussed.
 
The tour is held in German 

REGISTRATION

Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance (possible until Friday before the tour 3 p.m.) or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 

PROTECTIVE MEASURES

A FFP2 mask must be worn during the entire visit to the museum.
 

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
 
1459977553881
Sun, 24.10.2021 11.00 am 12.00 pm
Guided Tour

Tour of the MAK (in English)

Tour of the MAK (in English)
The tour through the museum leads to the highlights of the MAK Collection and offers insights into different exhibition areas. The presentation concepts are explained, and extraordinary objects are discussed. A journey through the centuries and insight into the history of the museum make the tour the perfect basis for subsequently exploring the museum on your own.

REGISTRATION

Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance (possible until Friday before the tour 3 p.m.) or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 

PROTECTIVE MEASURES

A FFP2 mask must be worn during the entire visit to the museum.
 

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
 
1459977553881
Tue, 26.10.2021 3.30 pm 4.15 pm
Sat, 30.10.2021 11.00 am 12.00 pm

Tour of the MAK (in German)

Tour of the MAK (in German)
A tour of the museum offers an insight into all areas of the collection. After a brief introduction to the history of the house, the permanent MAK display collection is visited, the presentation concepts explained and individual objects discussed.
 
The tour is held in German 

REGISTRATION

Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance (possible until Friday before the tour 3 p.m.) or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 

PROTECTIVE MEASURES

A FFP2 mask must be worn during the entire visit to the museum.
 

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
 
1459977553881
Sun, 31.10.2021 11.00 am 12.00 pm
Guided Tour

Tour of the MAK (in English)

Tour of the MAK (in English)
The tour through the museum leads to the highlights of the MAK Collection and offers insights into different exhibition areas. The presentation concepts are explained, and extraordinary objects are discussed. A journey through the centuries and insight into the history of the museum make the tour the perfect basis for subsequently exploring the museum on your own.

REGISTRATION

Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance (possible until Friday before the tour 3 p.m.) or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 

PROTECTIVE MEASURES

A FFP2 mask must be worn during the entire visit to the museum.
 

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
 
1459977553881
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Publications

MAK/Guide ASIA

MAK/Guide ASIA. China – Japan – Korea published on the occasion of the reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection Asia (19.2.2014). German/English, 200 pages, appr. 100 color illustrations, 24 x 12,5 cm, paperback, Vienna / Munich–London–New York: MAK / Prestel Verlag, 2014


Media

MAK Permanent Collection ASIA: China – Japan – Korea, 2016
In the front:
Bodhisattva, China, Song dynasty (960–1279)
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 

MAK Permanent Collection ASIA: China – Japan – Korea, 2016
In the front: Table top, Indo-Portuguese (Cochin), before 1595
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
MAK Permanent Collection ASIA: China – Japan – Korea, 2016
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
MAK Permanent Collection ASIA: China – Japan – Korea, 2016
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
MAK Permanent Collection ASIA: China – Japan – Korea, 2016
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
MAK Permanent Collection ASIA: China – Japan – Korea, 2016
In the front:
Head of a Bodhisattva, fragment of a larger-than-life Guanyin statue
China, Song dynasty (960–1279), around 1200
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
MAK Permanent Collection ASIA: China – Japan – Korea, 2016
In the front:
Temple Guardian (“Nio Agyo”)
Head of a larger than life-lized guardian figure
Japan, Kamakura to Muromachi period, 14th–15th c.
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Kawamoto Masukichi (1831–1907), Ornamental panel “Mount Fuji” Japan, Seto, Meiji period (1868–1912), ca. 1872
Porcelain with painting in cobalt blue under the glaze; signed “Kawamoto Masukichi” 
© MAK
 
Flask (moon flask, bianhu) China, Jiangxi, Jingdezhen, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736–1795)
Porcelain with painting in cobalt blue under the glaze; Qianlong period base mark
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Dish, China, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), mid-14th c.
Porcelain with painting in cobalt blue under the glaze
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Covered vase, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736–1795)
Carved nephrite, Qianlong period base mark
© MAK/Georg Mayer

Basin, China, Ming dynasty, Wanli period (1573–1619)
Copper with decoration in polychrome cellular enamel (émail cloisonné)
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Box, Japan, Kyoto, Edo period (1603–1867), ca. 1640
Hardwood, black lacquer imitation, ivory and mother-of-pearl inlays, gold lacquer painting
© MAK/Georg Mayer

Wine bottle in the form of a rice bale (travel flask), Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392–1897), 
15th–16th c.
Stoneware with white glaze
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Wall decoration in the form of a fan, signed “Ikeda Taishin” (1829–1903), Japan, Meiji period (1868–1912), before 1873
Wood with lacquer decoration in various techniques (maki-e)
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Dish, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736–1795)
Copper with polychrome painted enamel, illustration of a Europeanising scene on the inside, on the base flower still life with butterfly
© MAK/Nathan Murrell
 
Covered jar, Japan, Arita, Edo period (1603–1867), ca. 1670–1690
Porcelain with painting in enamel colors on the glaze, Kakiemon style
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Tomb figure, fabulous creature, China, Tang dynasty (618–907), 7th–8th c.
White earthenware with tricolored glaze (sancai)
© MAK/Georg Mayer