Exhibition

BENTWOOD AND BEYOND

Thonet and Modern Furniture Design

Wed, 18.12.2019–Mon, 13.04.2020

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

On the occasion of the 200-year anniversary of the company Thonet, the MAK presents an extensive exhibition on Modern furniture. In 1842, the German cabinetmaker Michael Thonet moved to Vienna: Here he was able to perfect his own invention of bentwood furniture and found the greatest furniture empire of the 19th century. With the No 14 Chair produced from 1859 onward, the company Thonet created not only one of the so far most sold pieces of furniture in the world but also an unchallenged classic of design. The exhibition at the MAK shows the fundamental importance of the company Thonet for the design of Modern furniture and places its characteristic and world-famous bentwood furniture into the context of contemporary technological, typological, aesthetic, and historical developments.

Curator: Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Curator, MAK Furniture and Woodwork Collection

Opening

Tue, 17 Dec 2019
Free admission to the opening


Publication

The exhibition is accompanied by the catalog BENTWOOD AND BEYOND: Thonet and Modern Furniture Design by Sebastian Hackenschmidt and Wolfgang Thillmann, edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Sebastian Hackenschmidt. German/English, ca. 304 pages with numerous color illustrations. MAK, Vienna/Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2020. Available at the MAK Design Shop and online at MAKdesignshop.at for € 49.95 as of mid december 2019.

Program (3 Events)

Tue, 17.12.2019 7.00 pm
Exhibition Opening

BENTWOOD AND BEYOND

Thu, 19.12.2019 4.30 pm
Wed, 15.01.2020 3.00 pm
WEDNESDAYS at the MAK

BENTWOOD AND BEYOND

BENTWOOD AND BEYOND

The Exhibition

On the occasion of the 200-year anniversary of the company Thonet, the MAK presents an extensive exhibition on Modern furniture. In 1842, the German cabinetmaker Michael Thonet moved to Vienna: Here he was able to perfect his own invention of bentwood furniture and found the greatest furniture empire of the 19th century. With the No 14 Chair produced from 1859 onward, the company Thonet created not only one of the so far most sold pieces of furniture in the world but also an unchallenged classic of design. The exhibition at the MAK shows the fundamental importance of the company Thonet for the design of Modern furniture and places its characteristic and world-famous bentwood furniture into the context of contemporary technological, typological, aesthetic, and historical developments.

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


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Media

Gebrüder Thonet, Chair, Model N0. 14, Vienna, 1859 (Execution: 1890–1918)
© MAK/Georg Mayer
Josef Hoffmann, Chair, Model No. 322, for the dining room of the Sanatorium Westend in Purkersdorf, Vienna, 1904
© MAK/Georg Mayer
Josef Hoffmann, Chaise longue, Model No. 670 “Sitting Machine,” Vienna, ca. 1905
© MAK/Georg Mayer
Josef Hoffmann, Armchair, Model No. 729/F, Vienna, ca. 1907
© MAK/Georg Mayer
Hermann Czech, Chair for the MAK restaurant, Vienna, 1993
© MAK/Georg Mayer
Josef Frank, Armchair, Model No. A 403 F, Vienna, ca. 1927
© MAK/Nathan Murrell
Stefan Diez, Chair, Model No. 404, Munich, 2007
© MAK/Georg Mayer
Robert Stadler, Chair, Model No. 107, Vienna, 2011
© MAK/Georg Mayer