If It’s Too Long— Make It Longer

Wed, 25.10.2017–Mon, 02.04.2018


In his solo exhibition that reflects the MAK Collection, Thomas Bayrle (born in Berlin in 1937) combines traditional craft techniques with the computer-generated art of the Information Age. Using the metaphors of dyeing, weaving, and programming, Bayrle explores the ambivalence of art, craft, and industry and gives rise to kaleidoscopic shapes—Mass Ornaments.

Bayrle develops his legendary “superforms” as a reference to cultural and industrial icons like Jesus Christ, Mao, the highway, or the smartphone. He composed the oversize stage set iPhone meets Japan (working title, 2017) for the MAK Columned Main Hall out of iPhones; under the auspices of digital interconnectivity, it oscillates between a couple who briefly indulge in a play of scents, and architectural elements.

With Bayrle’s project, the MAK becomes the arena for a newly established interaction between art and craft, artist and weaver. Drenched in blue, Bayrle has created the ornamental image area of the iPhone Pietà (working title, 2017), a tapestry woven by hand in France, using smartphones—simultaneously ornament, apparatus, and adornment—and has translated the cultural code of the pietà into an atmospheric portrayal of social and political events.

Guest Curator: Nicolaus Schafhausen
Curator: Bärbel Vischer
This project was made possible through the generous support of Phileas – A Fund for Contemporary Art.


Tue, 24.10.2017, 7 p.m.

Guided Tours

Sat, 2 p.m.
Sun, 3 p.m.

MAK Design Kids

Workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds (unaccompanied)
Participation fee: € 8
Limited number of participants
Sat, 04.11.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Please register
Sat, 16.12.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Please register
Sat, 31.03.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Please register
Sat, 03.03.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Please register
Thomas and the Digital Apples
The artist Thomas Bayrle uses an endless number of miniature pictures to build his impressive collages, which he calls “superforms.” In the workshop we will explore these images, which are made up of smartphones, highways, and apples. Then every child will make their very own superform: equipped with iPads, we will search the MAK for objects, take photos of them, and then use a special app to design a unique and personal ornament with them. The result: a work of art and a sheet of wrapping paper that you can take home with you!


Workshop for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Attendance fee: € 4,50 per child
Reduced admission for accompanying adults 
Sat, 11.11.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Please register
buy buy BAYRLE
Everything in abundance—in Thomas’ work, everything appears more than once. Lots of apples, lots of cars, lots of highways, lots of cups. MINI MAK will show you lots of works by the artist Thomas Bayrle in the hope that they will give you lots of inspiration for your very own works. 
Sat, 24.03.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Please register
Whether it’s cars or data, it’s flowing and growing—and it’s all interweaving. After a guided tour of the Thomas Bayrle exhibition, we will weave structures and fields out of cardboard, paper, and string. 


Wed, 22.11.2017, 3.00 pm Please register
THOMAS BAYRLE If It’s Too Long— Make It Longer
Tour through the exhibition, followed by further discussion at the restaurant Salonplafond. 


Guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Attendance fee: € 3,50 per child
Reduced admission of accompanying adults
Sun, 19.11.2017, 11.00 am Please register
Motif Matrix Money
Guided tour through the whole museum in search of motifes and matrix.
Sun, 14.01.2018, 11.00 am Please register
Lots of a Little Makes Something Big!
Apples, chairs, streets, and intersections—tracking Thomas Bayrle throughout the MAK

MINI MAK in Advent

Workshop for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Fee for materials € 2.00 per child and day
Reduced admission for accompanying adults
Sat, 02.12.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Please register
Sat, 09.12.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Please register
Sat, 16.12.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Please register
MOTIF, MATRIX, MONEY— Thomas Bayrle Inspires!

Opening Hours

Tue 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Wed–Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Mon closed
Free Admission on
Tuesdays 6–10 p.m.


€ 9,90 / reduced € 7,50
Free admission for children and teens under 19

Free Admission on
Tuesdays 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 € 14,50
valid for MAK and Leopold Museum

Guided Tours

MAK 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 Tours

by advance booking
Gabriele Fabiankowitsch, Head of Educational Program and Guided Tours
T +43 1 711 36-298
(Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–4 p.m.),


Multimedia Guide

for Vienna 1900, Asia, Carpets: € 2

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Barrier Free Access

Lift at the entrance at Weiskirchnerstraße 3, accessible toilets for disabled visitors.

MAK Collection

Contemporary Art Collection

Curator: Bärbel Vischer
The circa 1,500 works, work groups and bundles of documentation contained in this collection encompass the areas of fine art and architecture: from avant-garde movements of the 1920s to current artistic stances, the holdings encompass works in various media such as drawing, painting, photography video and film, as well as objects, sculptures, installations, environments and architecture-related contributions including designs, models and animations.
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