MAK Permanent Collection

Renaissance Baroque Rococo

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

The MAK's collection of lace, and its holdings of glassware—especially Venetian glass—are considered among the finest and most varied in the world. Even in the Baroque period, Venetian glasswork was particularly treasured, and both men and women spent vast sums on the sumptuous lace decoration that fashion demanded.

While glass-making is one of the oldest handicraft techniques in the world, the history of lace-making only begins in the late Renaissance period, probably in Italy. A distinction is made between needlepoint lace and bobbin lace, but combinations of the two techniques are often seen. Florence, and later Venice and Milan, were the centers of Italian lace-making in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, before lace-making in France and Flanders began during the eighteenth century.

Venice was the center of European glass-making from the Middle Ages onwards. Around 1500, Venetian glass-makers succeeded in producing clear, colorless glass. Glassblowing spread from Venice across the whole of Europe. In the north, centering on Bohemia and Silesia, there was a preference for harder glass that could be decorated with relief or intaglio engraving, or glass decorated with enamel, Schwarzlot ("black solder"), or gold. This presentation of glasswork and lacework is not based only on art-historical criteria, but also on the visual effects of the materials—their "transparency", material delicacy, and the virtuosity of the craftsmanship involved in their production—which may today be the aspect of them that arouses the greatest admiration. / Angela Völker (curator of the MAK Textiles and Carpets Collection during the phase of the reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection in the early 1990s)


Artistic intervention
Franz Graf

A design intention = states of affairs. The wealth of appearances. The legacy of those who were here before us = the form of actions, our inheritance = memory: museums are also, like cemeteries, our quiet bliss: because the nature of the encounter also gives rise to understanding: it seems there can be no truth concerning this, but only original, brilliant works: silence is the word extinct. Because the same thing once meant something else: because the essence of things is forever dead, and its material properties maintain this expansion into a different world: because a past exists that the living individual can reach into and at least the possibility is hinted at of coming to an end through oneself and beyond with the early ***** appearance. / Franz Graf

Biography Franz Graf

Born 1954 in Tulln, Lower Austria. Lives and works in Vienna. Franz Graf is one of the most important representatives of a neo-conceptual position. His innovative combinations of divergent media such as drawing, photography, and installation repeatedly lead to new and open structures. The spectrum of his motifs ranges from abstract to ornamental, figurative and emblematic, or to factual representations of reality made with the camera.

Program (10 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
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
Sat, 06.11.2021 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
Sat, 13.11.2021 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
Sat, 20.11.2021 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
+


Media

MAK Permanent Collection Renaissance Baroque Rococo
BROAD LACE BRAID TRIMMING
Venice, ca. 1700
Needlepoint lace with bobbin-lace edging, linen yarn
T 10073 / 1935
BEAKER WITH HANDLE AND BASE
Bohemia, ca. 1725
Colorless glass, matte and polished cut, gilded silver
Gl 856 / 1871
KUTTROLF
Manufacture: Venice or Imperial Glass Factory, Innsbruck, ca. 1580
Colorless glass, with white threaded pattern
KHM 317 / 1940