MISSING LINK

Strategies of a Viennese Architecture Group (1970–1980)

Wed, 11.5.2022—Sun, 2.10.2022

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

Founded in 1970 by Angela Hareiter, Otto Kapfinger, and Adolf Krischanitz, the architecture group Missing Link is one of the most important phenomena to appear on Austria’s avant-garde art and architecture scene of the 1970s. With their boundary-breaking and interdisciplinary projects, they looked for the missing links between people, architecture, urbanism, art, and social fabric and enriched the repertoire of architecture with new, experimental concepts. During the decade of its existence, the group produced an extremely multifaceted and very respected body of work that comprises not only art objects, paintings, drawings, and texts but also actions, performances, and experimental films.
 
In 2014 the MAK was able to acquire almost the entire oeuvre of Missing Link together with comprehensive documentary material as a legacy. With the exhibition and accompanying publication, as well as the cataloging of the holdings in the museum’s online database, Missing Link’s complete works are now accessible in full for the first time: from the protagonists’ early works—mostly utopian projects associated with the so-called Austrian Phenomenon—via various artistic actions in the 1970s, media analyses, and research projects, to the so-called Wiener Studien [Viennese Studies] and their participation in the exhibition Austrian New Wave in New York. Embedded in the history of art and architecture, the form and content of Missing Link’s work is contextualized in the show: on display are works by the group’s contemporaries such as Walter Pichler, Hans Hollein, Birgit Jürgenssen, Ettore Sottsass, and Joseph Beuys, as well as historical approaches, such as those by Otto Wagner, Josef Frank, the architecture of Red Vienna, and Viennese coffeehouse culture.
 
MAK Exhibition Hall, 11 May – 2 October 2022
 
Curator: Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Curator, MAK Furniture and Woodwork Collection
Curatorial Advisor: Anna Dabernig
 

EXPERIENCE MISSING LINK BY LISTENING!

At guide.MAK.at you can find audios on the highlights of the exhibition for free and without download.
 

Online Tour

Curator Sebastian Hackenschmidt guides viewers online through the exhibition

PUBLICATION 

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication MISSING LINK: Strategies of a Viennese Architecture Group (1970–1980), MAK Studies 29, by Anna Dabernig and Sebastian Hackenschmidt, edited by Lilli Hollein and Sebastian Hackenschmidt. German/English, 332 pages with a comprehensive catalogue raisonné and numerous illustrations, most of which are published here for the first time. MAK, Vienna/Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2022. Available at the MAK Design Shop and online at MAKdesignshop.at for € 42.

Program (4 Events)

Sat, 1.10.2022 6 pm—Sun, 2.10.2022 1 am
Sat, 1.10.2022 6 pm8 pm
Long Night of Museums 2022

MAK Design Kids: Research tour

what and who is behind all this?
MAK Design Kids: Research tour
Based on a performative action for schoolchildren staged by Missing Link in the 1970s, we set out on a creative research tour that takes us behind the hidden structures of city, street, and museum. In a workshop we record our shared discoveries and analyses, clearing the way for imagining youthful, visionary alternatives for the 21st century.
 
In the context of the exhibition MISSING LINK: Strategies of a Viennese Architecture Group (1970–1980)
 
Workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds (with or without accompanying person)
Please register
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Thu, 6.10.2022 4.30 pm5.30 pm
Thu, 3.11.2022 4.30 pm5.30 pm
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Media

Documentation of the performance „Treffen auf dem Feld“ [“Meeting in the Field”], Trausdorf, 1972
Photographs: Gert Winkler 
© MAK
 
Missing Link, Das Flaggschiff [The Flagship], 1978 
© MAK
 
Stills from the film 16. November, Eine Utopie in 9 wirklichen Bildern [16 November, Utopia in 9 Real Images], 1972 Photographs: Gert Winkler © MAK
 
Missing Link, Betonbrecher [Concrete Crusher], 1971 © MAK
 
Documentation of the performance „Treffen auf dem Feld“ [“Meeting in the Field”], Trausdorf, 1972
Photographs: Gert Winkler 
© MAK
 
Missing Link, Gehsteigordner [Sidewalk Organizer], 1973 
© MAK
 
Missing Link, Luftschiff [Airship], 1974 © MAK
 
Missing Link, In einem nicht näher bezeichneten Land [In an Unspecified Country], 1975 © MAK
 
Stills from the film 16. November, Eine Utopie in 9 wirklichen Bildern [16 November, Utopia in 9 Real Images], 1972 
Photographs: Gert Winkler © MAK
 
Angela Hareiter bearbeitet das Objekt Betonbrecher, 1971/72, Fotografie © MAK
Die Gruppe mit Karl Schwanzer bei den Dreharbeiten zum Fernsehfilm „Die verstoßene Stadt“, 1974
© MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2022
MISSING LINK: Strategies of a Viennese Architecture Group (1970–1980) 
MAK Exhibition Hall
© Stefan Lux/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2022
MISSING LINK: Strategies of a Viennese Architecture Group (1970–1980) 
MAK Exhibition Hall
© Stefan Lux/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2022
MISSING LINK: Strategies of a Viennese Architecture Group (1970–1980) 
MAK Exhibition Hall
© Stefan Lux/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2022
MISSING LINK: Strategies of a Viennese Architecture Group (1970–1980) 
MAK Exhibition Hall
© Stefan Lux/MAK
Missing Link, Design for a production box, 1971
© MAK
Missing Link, Im Café [At the Café], 1978
© MAK
Missing Link, Hängeraum [Hanging Space], drawing, 1971
© MAK