Wed, 13.11.2019–Sun, 29.03.2020

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

In 1969, the furniture exhibition Sitzen 69 [Seating 69] took place in the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (today’s MAK) in which a comprehensive selection of dignified “joiner’s chairs” from Scandinavia, Italy, Germany, and Austria was presented. However, the many colorful and trendy seats that today seem so characteristic of this epoch, were missing: The exhibition had made a last heroic attempt to reply to an increasingly pronounced consumer and throwaway society with traditional of high-quality, artisanal furniture.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Sitzen 69, the exhibition “SITZEN 69REVISITED offers an opportunity not only to look back on the era of the 1960s, which was decisive for the development of international design, but also to reconstruct an important chapter in the museum policy of the MAK. Through the meaningful juxtaposition of the dignified joiner’s chairs, which were intended at that time as an impulse for craftsmen, producers, and consumers, and the playful and crazy furniture objects now shown, which have become the epitome of alternative and utopian living concepts of the 1960s, a great omission can be compensated for.

Curator: Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Curator, MAK Furniture and Woodwork Collection


Tue, 12 November 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

On the exhibition
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, General Director, MAK
Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Curator, MAK Furniture and Woodwork Collection

Program (1 Events)

Sat, 18.01.2020 2.00 pm 3.00 pm
Guided tour for the whole family

Alles Sessel – Niederlassen – Platznehmen und Hinsetzen

Alles Sessel – Niederlassen – Platznehmen und Hinsetzen
Guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older) through the exhibitions BENTWOOD AND BEYOND and „SITZEN 69“ REVISITED


Every 3rd Saturday of the month (except July, August, and December) we introduce children aged 4+ to our museum and new exhibitions via a guided tour.


Guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Attendance fee: € 3.50 per child (with free admission)
Reduced admission for accompanying adults
Meeting place: MAK Columned Main Hall


Sitzen 69revisited
Poster Sitzen 69, 1969
Anna-Lülja Praun, Chair F.L.P., Vienna, 1955
Wood, painted; wicker
© MAK/Nathan Murrell
Josef Frank, Armchair, Vienna, 1933
Mahogany, solid; rattan; upholstery with black leather cover
© MAK/Nathan Murrell
Walter Pichler, Fauteuil Galaxy, Vienna, 1966
Aluminum, riveted; foam padding with red textile cover
© MAK/Georg Mayer
Joe Colombo, Armchair, Model No. 4801, Italy, 1963
Plywood, bent, with orange painted polyester
© MAK/Nathan Murrell
Wolfgang J. Haipl, Chair, Vienna, 1963
Walnut wood, solid, partially laminated and bent; leather
© MAK/Georg Mayer
Ole Wanscher, Armchair, Model No. PJ 149, Copenhagen, 1949
Rosewood, solid; wickerwork (rattan); upholstery with leather cover
© MAK/Nathan Murrell
Pierre Paulin, Seating furniture Tongue, France, 1967
Metal; foam padding with orange jersey cover
© MAK/Georg Mayer
Franz Schuster, Armchair, Model No. 1652, Vienna, 1952
Beech, solid, partially bent; padding made of foam rubber, textile cover
© MAK/Nathan Murrell
Verner Panton, Panton Chair, Copenhagen, 1967
Polyurethane, painted orange
© MAK/Georg Mayer