Exhibition

RAIMUND ABRAHAM

Angles and Angels. Drawings Models Prototypes

Wed, 17.06.2020–Sun, 18.10.2020

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

The Austrian-American architect Raimund Abraham (1933–2010) saw architecture in close connection with art, philosophy, literature, and film—an ideational interaction highlighted in the current MAK exhibition. The exhibition title, Angles and Angels, is a play on words, one that can be interpreted as conceptual and poetic. In his manifesto EYES DIGGING (New York, 2001), Abraham sketches his exploratory approach to architecture and the importance of visionary writers, philosophers, poets, theorists, and composers such as Stéphane Mallarmé, James Joyce, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Arnold Schönberg to his architectural practice.

Structural, archetypal, and neo-futuristic basic shapes characterize Raimund Abraham’s designs and buildings. In the early 1960s, he was part of Vienna’s avant-garde scene, along with Hans Hollein, Walter Pichler, Hermann Nitsch, and Peter Kubelka. Initial drawings and collages for visionary spaces, architecture, and utopian city models were created. Abraham’s international network involved partnerships with Vito Acconci, Peter Eisenman, and Lebbeus Woods, among others, and he was a close friend of film director Jonas Mekas, who portrayed him in his film Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham (2013).

Abraham himself spoke of “imaginary architecture,” (unrealized) “projects,” and “executed buildings.” Based on his drawings as a stimulus for thought and the storyline of his architectural creations, the MAK exhibition uses collages, models, and furnishings prototypes to showcase Abraham’s designs, projects, and architectural achievements, which explore the conflicting interplay between the individual and sociopolitical challenges of his time.

Curator: Bärbel Vischer, Curator, MAK Contemporary Art Collection

Opening of the exhibition

Tue, 16 June 2020, 6 p.m.
Free admission on Tuesday evening from 18:00-21:00 from 16 June to 31 July 2020

Filmscreening

Jonas Mekas
Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham
USA 2013, 365 min., orig. Engl. version
MAK Lecture Hall

Tue, 25 Aug and 22 Sep 2020
2 p.m.
Break at 5 p.m. (30 min.)
 
Sat, 5 Sep and 26 Sep 2020
11 a.m.
Break at 2 p.m. (30 min.)

Program (7 Events)

Tue, 25.08.2020 2.00 pm

Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham

Film, Jonas Mekas, 2013
Sat, 05.09.2020 11.00 am

Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham

Film, Jonas Mekas, 2013
Wed, 16.09.2020 3.00 pm
Wednesdays at the MAK

RAIMUND ABRAHAM

RAIMUND ABRAHAM
The Austrian-American architect Raimund Abraham (1933–2010) saw architecture in close connection with art, philosophy, literature, and film—an ideational interaction highlighted in the current MAK exhibition. The exhibition title, Angles and Angels, is a play on words, one that can be interpreted as conceptual and poetic. In his manifesto EYES DIGGING (New York, 2001), Abraham sketches his exploratory approach to architecture and the importance of visionary writers, philosophers, poets, theorists, and composers such as Stéphane Mallarmé, James Joyce, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Arnold Schönberg to his architectural practice.

PRACTICAL INFO

Guided tour through the exhibition
Admission plus attendance fee of € 3.50
Free for holders of the “Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur-Pass”
Meeting point: MAK Columned Main Hall

Further information:
T +43 1 711 36-298
education@MAK.at
1459977553881
Tue, 22.09.2020 2.00 pm

Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham

Film, Jonas Mekas, 2013
Sat, 26.09.2020 11.00 am

Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham

Film, Jonas Mekas, 2013
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Media

RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels
Drawings Models Prototypes
Raimund Abraham, Residential and commercial building Friedrichstraße, Berlin, 1987
© Wolfgang Woessner/MAK
RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels
Drawings Models Prototypes
Raimund Abraham, Sphere project, 1991
© MAK/Georg Mayer
MAK Exhibition View, 2020
RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels. Drawings Models Prototypes
MAK Works on Paper Room
© Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2020
RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels. Drawings Models Prototypes
MAK Works on Paper Room
© Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2020
RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels. Drawings Models Prototypes
MAK Works on Paper Room
© Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2020
RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels. Drawings Models Prototypes
MAK Works on Paper Room
© Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK
MAK Exhibition View, 2020
RAIMUND ABRAHAM: Angles and Angels. Drawings Models Prototypes
MAK Works on Paper Room
© Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK