Vibrant and manifold: VIENNA 1900 in a new light The fascinatingly complex cultural epoch denoted by the term Vienna 1900 has long been the stuff of legend. And
the equally multifaceted and momentous output of this periods artisans and designers is now the focus of a newly completed
section of the MAK Permanent Collection. At this presentations thematic core is the multifarious struggle to arrive at an Austrian, modern, bourgeois, and democratic
style. Today, this chapter of design and arts and crafts historysubsumed under the terms of Secessionism and Jugendstilserves
like no other to underpin Austrian identity. But around 1900, the search for a suitable style reflected an identity crisis
of the bourgeois class. The entirely contradictory results of this search were tied together by a central characteristic of
the modern era: a pioneering desire for expressive individuality. The MAK now invites visitors to engage in a multilayered examination of the Vienna 1900 phenomenon that covers
three rooms. This section of the Permanent Collection, which had gone unchanged since 1993, is the first to have been reconceived.
The new presentations content was developed by Christian Witt-Dörring together with the museums collection curators,
and the Viennese designer Michael Embacher was responsible for the individual rooms design. VIENNA 1900. Design / Arts and Crafts 18901938 adheres to a largely chronological structure: the first room is dedicated to the search for a modern style; the second room
features a close look at the Viennese style; and the third room points the way to the International Style. Around 500 collection
objects are shown in various thematic combinations that serve to shed light on art-historical and sociopolitical aspects relevant
to Viennese modernism. In several respects, the new Vienna 1900 section of the MAK Permanent Collection deals with Viennese modernism
differently than did previous rooms devoted to the topic. Embedded chronologically between the late 19th centurys overcoming
of Historicism and the National Socialists seizure of power in 1938, this new presentation facilitates a broader historical
understanding of the era. It opens up a view on international relationships, illustrating both influences from abroad and
developments elsewhere that emerged simultaneously. Furthermore, the presentation highlights formal and/or cultural fallbacks
as well as continuities: some objects, for example, hark back to the Biedermeier era or make visible use of patterns from
Moravian folk art.Traces of Central European Modernism In fact, a great number of innovative designersin addition to the well-known Moravian-born opponents Josef Hoffmann
and Adolf Looscame from the territory of todays Czech Republic. So the era of Viennese modernism thus saw the
longstanding reciprocal relationship between Vienna, Bohemia, and Moravia remain a fruitful one: many architects and designers
who had come to Vienna for their professional training went on to play a significant role in the dissemination of modern design
in their home regions. The new Permanent Collection rooms on the Vienna 1900 theme document these mutual effects,making an important contribution towards underpinning a broader understanding of Central European modernisms development. The MAK will also be conveying this new approach outside its own walls: with support from the EU, the museum will be spending
the next few years developing a Central European cultural route between Vienna and Brno entitled Traces. This
route will link the regions most influential modern-era buildings and also include locations of significance to Viennese
intellectual life around 1900. In order to accomplish this, the MAK will be using its cooperative relationship with the Moravian
Gallery at the Josef Hoffmann Museum (run jointly since 2006) in order to have the cultural region of MoraviaLower AustriaVienna
once again be known as an influential source of modernist impulses.Curator Christian Witt-DörringPublicationThe MAK/GUIDE published on the occasion of the reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection VIENNA 1900 is edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, with contributions by Rainald Franz, Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Barbara Karl, Peter
Klinger, Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel, Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Johannes Wieninger and Christian Witt-Dörring.German/English, 224 pages, 100 color illustrations, 24 x 12,5 cm, paperback, MAK Vienna / Prestel Verlag, 2013. Available
at the MAK Design Shop
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Partage Plus: Jugendstil goes digital
This EU project is dedicated to the scholarly research and digitization of selected Art Nouveau-era objects, ultimately providing
online access to the public via Europeana, a multi-media Open Access data base. The MAK, alongside other international museums,
thus has been offered a unique opportunity to publicize its valuable holdings from this era, in particular works by artists
from the Wiener Werkstätte and the Secession. Numerous objects presented in the MAK Permanent Collection VIENNA 1900 and in the exhibition A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND COLOR will be digitized and published online until 2014.
Partage Plus is funded by the Commissions ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and
Innovation Framework Programme.
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Admission€ 9,90 / reduced € 7,50Free admission for children and teens under 19Free Admission onTuesdays 6–10 p.m. Family ticket € 13(two adults and at least one minor child up to 14)Vienna 1900-Combined Ticket€ 17,90 / reduced € 14,50valid for MAK and Leopold Museum
Guided ToursMAK TOURS – every Saturday at 11 a.m. a tour through the MAK in German; every Sunday at noon in English.Attendance fee € 3,50 per person, except children up to 6 and holders of “Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur-Pass”
Special and Group Toursby advance bookingGabriele Fabiankowitsch, Head of Educational Program and Guided ToursT +43 1 711 36-298(Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–4 p.m.),
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