MAK DAY 2021

MAK DAY 2021

Admission € 6, tours at no charge
iCalTue, 26.10.2021 10.00 am 9.00 pm
OPENING TEACHING KLIMTFerdinand Laufberger, Das Blinde-Kuh-Spiel [Blind Man’s Buff], Vienna, 1865 Oil on canvas © Otmar Rychlik
Opening | Free Admission


iCalTue, 02.11.2021 7.00 pm
Scarcely any other artist has been the subject of so much literature as has Gustav Klimt. Yet to date the formative influence of his years at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts has received far too little attention. The MAK is now turning its attention to this topic, whereby Ferdinand Laufberger, a professor of Klimt’s whom the latter revered his entire life, is being accorded a place of honor. Besides Laufberger, the Ringstraße artists Ludwig Minnigerode, Friedrich Sturm, and Michael Rieser also left their mark as Klimt’s teachers on his work. Doubtless induced by Rudolf Eitelberger, modern artists such as Anselm Feuerbach likewise exercised an enduring influence on Klimt’s artistic development. The exhibition is thus dedicated to the influence of these years in the School of Arts and Crafts on Klimt’s oeuvre as a whole. Works from the MAK’s rich inventory, on show for the first time, are complemented by loans from international collections, illustrating the relationship between Klimt’s vocational training and his later artistic development.
Guest Curator: Otmar Rychlik
MAK Curator: Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel, Head of the MAK Library and Works on Paper Collection/Archive
150 Year “Ferstelval” on the Stubenring

150 Year “Ferstelval” on the Stubenring

Free admission
iCalThu, 04.11.2021 2.00 pm 10.00 pm
Please register150 Year “Ferstelval” on the Stubenring
Permanent Collection, MAK DESIGN LAB, temporary exhibitions as well as MAK Design Shop open until 9 p.m.
FFP2-masks mandatory.
From 7 p.m. participation only with 2.5 G proof.
If you wish to attend after 7 p.m., please register. 
The building on the Stubenring, the so-called “Ferstel Wing,” is celebrating its birthday! In the course of this, many things will be opened up to all for the first time: from the former office of the directorate, which opens its doors for creative discussions, to a new digital guide—with open access to interesting facts and insights into the hidden. On this day, art and digital can be applied in the truest sense of the word and some collection objects can even be used to approach the history of the museum in an unusual way.

Presents for everyone!

The MAK gives you and everyone else the new digital MAK Guide. We invite you to join us for a celebratory launch! 150 special birthday surprises await everyone who comes to the MAK and opens the MAK Guide.
Available from 4 November at

Friendly Takeover: Entry requested 

5–7 p.m.: creative chats for all
after 7 p.m.: in a large group with Lilli Hollein, General Director MAK 
Where is the MAK heading while it remains where it is on the Stubenring? What should remain as it is, what can be experimented with, what has to change?—For everyone who is interested in the history of the MAK, would like to talk to us, and would like to participate in a creative discussion about the future. 
Interview partners: Janina Falkner, MAK; Julia Landsiedl, Designer; Louise Reitstätter, Department of Art History/University of Vienna; Martin Schnabl, Designer breadedEscalope; Anna Schwarz, artist; Sofia Widmann, Museum Booster

Birthday Gifts: A constant give and take

2–5 p.m. 
For our young guests: Together we will build a large tower of packages with selected small items and wrapping paper from the MAK Shop collection. Give away what you create and take what others give you in return.
starting from age 5 

No entry, but not on its birthday! 

Every hour on the hour from 5–7 p.m.
Our guided birthday menu:
Hidden insights into MAK Restoration
Intellectual flair: Marvel at the MAK Library 
The hour of open doors and drawers 
And finally, one last secret escape: Under the roof and the MAK’s escape routes 
Meeting point: MAK Columned Main Hall
Duration: 30 minutes
Limited number of participants: 10–12 people per tour, first come first served!

How about a bit of music?

7 p.m.–10 p.m.
DJ line-up by (young)MAK & Guest
Special Drinks: Ferstel Fizz, Eitelberger Sour and much more 
(2.5 G proof mandatory)

Birthday greetings from the MAK Design Shop

Exclusively on 4 November there are selected products at reduced prices in the MAK Design Shop. It’s worth stopping by!
10 a.m.–9 p.m.
CAMONDOLetters to Camondo by Edmund de Waal
Book Presentation


Eine Familiengeschichte in Briefen by Edmund de Waal
iCalWed, 10.11.2021 7.00 pm
Please registerCAMONDO
Free admission
An event of the Zsolnay Verlag in cooperation with the MAK.

6:00 p.m.
We invite you to visit the MAK permanent presentation VIENNA 1900 as well as the exhibition SHOWROOM WIENER WERKSTÄTTE. A Dialogue with Michael Anastassiades to get in the mood for the book presentation.
7:00 p.m.
CAMONDO. Eine Familiengeschichte in Briefen (Letters to Camondo)
by Edmund de Waal
After “The Hare with Amber Eyes,” a new masterpiece of memoir literature by Edmund de Waal.
History is not the past, it never stops and unfolds in our hands. This is what Edmund de Waal writes in his new book, which takes him back to the Rue de Monceau in Paris, where his ancestor Charles Ephrussi once tended the famous hare with amber eyes, where Marcel Proust lived in the immediate neighborhood, and where the banker Moïse de Camondo from Constantinople had a palace built that today houses a museum unchanged since 1936. No one just happened to find themselves in this “street of beginnings,” de Waal says, and begins to write imaginary letters to Moïse about the multifaceted relationships of their two families, about assimilation, generosity, private and public life, and again and again about the importance of memory and that there cannot and must not be a “closing line.”
Lilli Hollein, General Director, MAK
Herbert Ohrlinger, Publishing Director, Paul Zsolnay Verlag
Wolfgang Popp, journalist and author 
Edmund de Waal, author
An event of the Zsolnay Verlag in cooperation with the MAK.
About the author
Edmund de Waal was born in Nottingham in 1964 and studied in Cambridge. He was Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster and has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Gagosian Gallery in New York, among others. He lives in London. Zsolnay published German-language editions of his internationally acclaimed book The Hare with Amber Eyes. A Hidden Inheritance in 2011, The White Road. A Journey Into Obsession in 2016, and Letters to Camondo in 2021.
About the book
CAMONDO. Eine Familiengeschichte in Briefen, by Edmund de Waal, translated by Brigitte Hilzensauer, 26 euros, ISBN 978-3-552-07257-2, published by Zsolnay Verlag in 2021
Registration required!
The 2.5 G rule applies to all visitors: vaccinated, recovered, tested (PCR test, performed not more than 48 hours ago).
It is obligatory to wear an FFP2 mask during the entire visit to the museum.
TEACHING KLIMT: Studies at the School of Arts and CraftsTEACHING KLIMT: Studies at the School of Arts and Crafts Poster for the Internationale Ausstellung für Musik und Theaterwesen, 1892 © Tibor Rauch/MAK
Online Zoom Talk

TEACHING KLIMT: Studies at the School of Arts and Crafts

MAK Dialogues
iCalTue, 16.11.2021 6.30 pm
OPENING 100 BEST POSTERS 20© Bueronardin/Niko Havrane
Opening | Free admission


iCalTue, 16.11.2021 7.00 pm
Please registerOPENING 100 BEST POSTERS 201344416536680
OPENING JOSEF HOFFMANNJosef Hoffmann, WW postcard no. 75, bar room “CABARET FLEDERMAUS, WIEN, KÄRNTNERSTRASSE 33,” Vienna, 1907 © MAK
Free Admission


Progress Through Beauty
iCalTue, 14.12.2021 7.00 pm
Please registerOPENING JOSEF HOFFMANNOn the occasion of his 150th birthday, the exhibition JOSEF HOFFMANN: Progress Through Beauty comprehensively documents for the first time the entire oeuvre of the architect, designer, teacher, and exhibition organizer Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956), one of the luminaries of Viennese Modernism and the international life reform movement. With his indefatigable design work and teaching, Hoffmann cultivated an exemplary model of modern lifestyles based on a construction and product culture that was both shaped by craft and artistically ambitious. The show presents a cross section of Hoffmann’s revolutionary design and his most important buildings, including the Stoclet House in Brussels (1905–1911) and the Purkersdorf Sanatorium (1904–1905).

Cooperation Partner

All events take place in German, unless otherwise mentioned.