This exhibition explores Otto Wagner’s impact as the “father of modernism.” The show demonstrates the context and the interactions
between Wagner and other protagonists of early modernism as well as Wagner’s influence on his contemporaries, students, and
subsequent generations of architects and designers.
Curator: Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Curator, MAK Furniture and Woodwork Collection Expert Advisors: Ákos Moravánszky (Prof. emer. of architectural theory, ETH Zurich) and Iris Meder (architectural historian and freelance curator)
The MAK is home to an extensive collection of furniture and woodwork, in light of which the artistic and stylistic tendencies
of furniture historywith a focus on Austria and Viennacan be understood along with the cultural-historical and
political developments of the past nearly 150 years. The collection encompasses over 4,600 objects ranging from small carvings
and ornamental boxes to massive cabinets and whole room interiors.