Michael Anastassiades is primarily known as a designer of lighting fixtures, though he also works in many other sectors (glassware for J. & L. Lobmeyr and furniture for Gebrüder Thonet Vienna). In addition, he is active in exhibition and interior design. For the SHOWROOM WIENER WERKSTÄTTE he has also developed a special display in which he uses his own products and stylistic elements to create an astonishingly alienating setting for the WW exhibits.
The fascinatingly complex cultural epoch denoted by the term “Vienna 1900” has long been the stuff of legend. And the equally multifaceted and momentous output of this period’s artisans and designers is now the focus of a section of the MAK Permanent Collection. At this presentation’s thematic core is the multifarious struggle to arrive at an Austrian, modern, bourgeois, and democratic style. Today, this chapter of design and arts and crafts history—subsumed under the terms of Secessionism and Jugendstil—serves like no other to underpin Austrian identity. But around 1900, the search for a suitable style reflected an identity crisis of the bourgeois class. The entirely contradictory results of this search were tied together by a central characteristic of the modern era: a pioneering desire for expressive individuality.
Limited number of participants: registration is necessary.
A FFP2 mask must be worn during the entire visit to the museum.
The tour requires headphones. Please provide your own (3.5 mm standard connector) if possible.
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR
MAK DAY: tours at no charge
MAK Columned Main Hall
The MAK is the Austrian project partner of the Interreg project ARTNOUVEAU2. This exhibition is supported by funds from the European Union (ERDF, IPA II), INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme in the context of the project ARTNOUVEAU2.