Exhibition

RAIMUND ABRAHAM

Angles and Angels. Drawings Models Prototypes

Wed, 25.03.2020–Sun, 19.07.2020

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

The Austrian-American architect Raimund Abraham (1933–2010) saw architecture in close connection with art, philosophy, literature, and film—an ideational interaction highlighted in the current MAK exhibition. The exhibition title, Angles and Angels, is a play on words, one that can be interpreted as conceptual and poetic. In his manifesto EYES DIGGING (New York, 2001), Abraham sketches his exploratory approach to architecture and the importance of visionary writers, philosophers, poets, theorists, and composers such as Stéphane Mallarmé, James Joyce, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Arnold Schönberg to his architectural practice.

Structural, archetypal, and neo-futuristic basic shapes characterize Raimund Abraham’s designs and buildings. In the early 1960s, he was part of Vienna’s avant-garde scene, along with Hans Hollein, Walter Pichler, Hermann Nitsch, and Peter Kubelka. Initial drawings and collages for visionary spaces, architecture, and utopian city models were created. Abraham’s international network involved partnerships with Vito Acconci, Peter Eisenman, and Lebbeus Woods, among others, and he was a close friend of film director Jonas Mekas, who portrayed him in his film Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham (2013).

Abraham himself spoke of “imaginary architecture,” (unrealized) “projects,” and “executed buildings.” Based on his drawings as a stimulus for thought and the storyline of his architectural creations, the MAK exhibition uses collages, models, and furnishings prototypes to showcase Abraham’s designs, projects, and architectural achievements, which explore the conflicting interplay between the individual and sociopolitical challenges of his time.

Curator: Bärbel Vischer, Curator, MAK Contemporary Art Collection
FilmscreeningScenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham
Jonas Mekas, USA 2013, 365 min., orig. Engl. version
MAK Lecture Hall

Tue, 2 Jun 2020, 2 p.m. / Break at 5 p.m. (30 min.)
Sat, 11 Apr and 4 Jul 2020, 11 a.m. / Break at 2 p.m. (30 min.)

Program (8 Events)

Sat, 11.04.2020 11.00 am

Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham

Film, Jonas Mekas, 2013
Sat, 11.04.2020 2.00 pm 4.00 pm
MAK4FAMILY
Workshop for the whole family

RAIMUND ABRAHAM. Auf Kollision mit Haus und Skulptur

RAIMUND ABRAHAM. Auf Kollision mit Haus und Skulptur
In context of the wienXtra kinderaktiv program

Der Architekt Raimund Abraham versteht Architektur nicht als Gebäude, sondern als Zusammenstoß mit einem Ort. Zeichnungen und Modelle zwischen Fantasie und wirklich Gebautem inspirieren euch für eure eigene Kopfgeburt. Skulptur oder Haus? Stadt oder Denkmal? Vorstellung oder Realität? – Kommt mit und lasst euch entführen in die Welt des Raimund Abraham!

THE FORMAT MAK4FAMILY

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month (except July, August, and December) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the MAK hosts a workshop and guided tour for the whole family (aged 4+).


PRACTICAL INFO

Workshop and guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Fee for materials: € 4.50 per child (with free admission)
Reduced admission for accompanying adults
Meeting place: MAK Columned Main Hall
1459977554986
Wed, 15.04.2020 3.00 pm

Wednesdays at the MAK: RAIMUND ABRAHAM

Wednesdays at the MAK: RAIMUND ABRAHAM

The Format WEDNESDAYS at the MAK

These dialogue-focused guided tours of the current exhibitions or on collection-specific topics are followed by a deeper conversation at the restaurant Salonplafond im MAK. WEDNESDAYS at the MAK takes place at 3 p.m. on every 3rd Wednesday of the month (except July, August, and December).

Practical Info

Guided tour through the exhibition, followed by further discussion at the restaurant Salonplafond im MAK.
Admission plus attendance fee of € 3.50
Free for holders of the “Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur-Pass”
Meeting point: MAK Columned Main Hall

Further information:
T +43 1 711 36-298
education@MAK.at
1459977553881
Sat, 18.04.2020 2.00 pm 3.00 pm
MINI MAK TOUR
Guided Tour for the whole family

RAIMUND ABRAHAM. Auf Kollision mit Haus und Skulptur

RAIMUND ABRAHAM. Auf Kollision mit Haus und Skulptur
Der Architekt Raimund Abraham versteht Architektur nicht als Gebäude, sondern als Zusammenstoß mit einem Ort. Zeichnungen und Modelle zwischen Fantasie und wirklich Gebautem inspirieren euch für eure eigene Kopfgeburt. Skulptur oder Haus? Stadt oder Denkmal? Vorstellung oder Realität? – Kommt mit und lasst euch entführen in die Welt des Raimund Abraham!

THE FORMAT MINI MAK Tour

Every 3rd Saturday of the month (except July, August, and December) we introduce children aged 4+ to our museum and new exhibitions via a guided tour.
Guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Attendance fee: € 3.50 per child (with free admission)
Reduced admission for accompanying adults
Meeting place: MAK Columned Main Hall
1459977554986
Tue, 28.04.2020 6.30 pm
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Media

RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels
Drawings Models Prototypes
Raimund Abraham, Residential and commercial building Friedrichstraße, Berlin, 1987
© Wolfgang Woessner/MAK
RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels
Drawings Models Prototypes
Raimund Abraham, Sphere project, 1991
© MAK/Georg Mayer