The Fest

Between Representation and Revolt

Wed, 14.12.2022—Sun, 7.5.2023

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

Since time immemorial, fests have challenged people to engage in activist experiments or to make artistic statements. Sometimes even a glass of champagne or a forbidden costume, an immersive party sound or a festive production can trigger surprises and even provocations. The fest as an ephemeral event has repeatedly prompted designers from the fields of art, architecture, design, and music, to translate design traditions and art discourse into the excesses of a wild night or into the celebration of a worthy occasion. Conversely, these transient freedoms have stimulated and tested new formats and content. Fests document social urgencies and, in the process, changes—both large and small. The MAK exhibition THE FEST: Between Representation and Revolt brings cultural and social history to life and addresses the significance of design strategies for everyday culture.
 
Thematically, there are hardly any limits to what can be celebrated: Celebrations are held for religious and political reasons, (wild) artists’ and other festivities sometimes transgress taboos, private celebrations reflect social contexts. Temporally, the exhibition spans an arc from the beginning of the Enlightenment to new festive calendars of a forming working class at the time of industrialization to current festive formats. Whether bold rococo masked balls, festivals of avant-garde from the interwar and post-war periods or forbidden raves: All of them are recalled, discussed, and celebrated with their subversive power in THE FEST.

Guest Curator: 
Brigitte Felderer
 
Co-Curator:
Olga Wukounig
 
MAK Curator:
Anne-Katrin Rossberg, Curator, MAK Metal Collection and Wiener Werkstätte Archive, with the collaboration of all MAK Curators

MAK Exhibition Hall
 

Opening

Tuesday, 13.12.2022, 7 pm
Free admission starting 6 pm
 

Guided Tours 

in German
every Saturday 4.30 pm
every Sunday 2.30 pm
 

PUBLICATION 

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication THE FEST: Between Representation and Revolt, edited by Lilli Hollein, Brigitte Felderer, Anne-Katrin Rossberg, with contributions by Chiara Baldini, Bogomir Doringer; Brigitte Felderer, Rainald Franz, Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Lilli Hollein, Werner Oechslin, Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel, Anne-Katrin Rossberg, Peter Sandbichler, Lara Steinhäußer, Bärbel Vischer, Mio Wakita-Elis, Marlies Wirth, and Olga Wukounig. German/English, ca. 432 pages with numerous illustrations. MAK, Vienna/Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2023. Available as of December 2022 at the MAK Design Shop and online at MAKdesignshop.at for € 49.

Cooperation PARTNER 



Program (25 Events)

Tue, 13.12.2022 7 pm9 pm

Exhibition Opening The Fest

Between Representation and Revolt
Sat, 17.12.2022 4.30 pm5.30 pm

Guided Tour The Fest (in German)

Between Representation and Revolt
Guided Tour The Fest (in German)
Since time immemorial, fests have challenged people to engage in activist experiments or to make artistic statements. Sometimes even a glass of champagne or a forbidden costume, an immersive party sound or a festive production can trigger surprises and even provocations. The fest as an ephemeral event has repeatedly prompted designers from the fields of art, architecture, design, and music, to translate design traditions and art discourse into the excesses of a wild night or into the celebration of a worthy occasion. Conversely, these transient freedoms have stimulated and tested new formats and content. Fests document social urgencies and, in the process, changes—both large and small. The MAK exhibition THE FEST: Between Representation and Revolt brings cultural and social history to life and addresses the significance of design strategies for everyday culture.
 
Thematically, there are hardly any limits to what can be celebrated: Celebrations are held for religious and political reasons, (wild) artists’ and other festivities sometimes transgress taboos, private celebrations reflect social contexts. Temporally, the exhibition spans an arc from the beginning of the Enlightenment to new festive calendars of a forming working class at the time of industrialization to current festive formats. Whether bold rococo masked balls, festivals of avant-garde from the interwar and post-war periods or forbidden raves: All of them are recalled, discussed, and celebrated with their subversive power in THE FEST.
 
Guest Curator: 
Brigitte Felderer
 
Co-Curator:
Olga Wukounig
 
MAK Curator:
Anne-Katrin Rossberg, Curator, MAK Metal Collection and Wiener Werkstätte Archive, with the collaboration of all MAK Curators

Language: The tour is held in German.
Tour fee: € 3.50 + admission to the museum
Meeting point: MAK Columned Main Hall 
 
Headphones: an audio system may be used for the tour. In the interest of sustainability, please provide your own (3.5 mm standard connector) headphones if possible. Alternatively, you can also buy headphones for € 1 at the Ticket Desk.
 

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Sun, 18.12.2022 2.30 pm3.30 pm

Guided Tour The Fest (in German)

Between Representation and Revolt
Guided Tour The Fest (in German)
Since time immemorial, fests have challenged people to engage in activist experiments or to make artistic statements. Sometimes even a glass of champagne or a forbidden costume, an immersive party sound or a festive production can trigger surprises and even provocations. The fest as an ephemeral event has repeatedly prompted designers from the fields of art, architecture, design, and music, to translate design traditions and art discourse into the excesses of a wild night or into the celebration of a worthy occasion. Conversely, these transient freedoms have stimulated and tested new formats and content. Fests document social urgencies and, in the process, changes—both large and small. The MAK exhibition THE FEST: Between Representation and Revolt brings cultural and social history to life and addresses the significance of design strategies for everyday culture.
 
Thematically, there are hardly any limits to what can be celebrated: Celebrations are held for religious and political reasons, (wild) artists’ and other festivities sometimes transgress taboos, private celebrations reflect social contexts. Temporally, the exhibition spans an arc from the beginning of the Enlightenment to new festive calendars of a forming working class at the time of industrialization to current festive formats. Whether bold rococo masked balls, festivals of avant-garde from the interwar and post-war periods or forbidden raves: All of them are recalled, discussed, and celebrated with their subversive power in THE FEST.
 
Guest Curator: 
Brigitte Felderer
 
Co-Curator:
Olga Wukounig
 
MAK Curator:
Anne-Katrin Rossberg, Curator, MAK Metal Collection and Wiener Werkstätte Archive, with the collaboration of all MAK Curators

Language: The tour is held in German.
Tour fee: € 3.50 + admission to the museum
Meeting point: MAK Columned Main Hall 
 
Headphones: an audio system may be used for the tour. In the interest of sustainability, please provide your own (3.5 mm standard connector) headphones if possible. Alternatively, you can also buy headphones for € 1 at the Ticket Desk.
 

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Tue, 20.12.2022 6 pm9 pm

Open Crocheting by (young) MAK against Loneliness

Open Crocheting by (young) MAK against Loneliness
(young)MAK lädt zu der offenen diskursiven Workshop-Serie Open Häkeln ein! Textile Handwerkstechniken – im ersten Schritt geht es ums Häkeln – werden erlernt und angewandt, um miteinader in Verbindung zu treten. Textiler Diskurs, Technik und Materialität verknüpfen bzw. verhäkeln sich. Künstler*innen, Denker*innen, Wissenschaftler*innen sowie Handwerkstechniker*innen werden als Impulsgeber*innen eingeladen, um ihre Ansätze im Rahmen von kurzen Vorträgen, Performances oder Präsentationen als künstlerische, inhaltliche und technische Impulse sowie als Inspiration bzw. Hilfestellung weiterzugeben. Die Besucher*innen sind herzlich eingeladen, an Diskussionen, Geschichten, Tratsch und Plaudereien anzuknüpfen und vor allem mitzuhäkeln!
 
Teilnahme kostenlos
Keine Altersbeschränkung 
Anmeldung erforderlich

 

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Tue, 20.12.2022 7 pm8 pm

Conversation Piece: Dinner for One

With the psychiatrist and initiator of the platform against loneliness Dr. Karin Gutiérrez Lobos
Conversation Piece: Dinner for One
When we celebrate, we celebrate being together, together. Christmas, which we often think of as “the big celebration,” is for many of us, however, also the “celebration of loneliness,” when we become especially painfully aware of being alone. We are social beings. Contact with others is of existential importance. Avoiding loneliness is a survival characteristic of the human being—based in our evolution,” according to the Vienna psychiatrist and neurologist Karin Gutiérrez-Lobos. We will also talk with the expert about the current concern revolving around the loneliness of a young generation, as well as about how important the feeling of fellowship is and how we can engage ourselves as a society on its behalf. We also consider whether and how museums can and should become places that counter isolation.
 
We need to talk! The MAK starts the new art education format Conversation Pieces. We will speak with artists, activists, scientists, and personalities from various fields about select objects from the MAK Collection. Conversation Pieces is dedicated to themes like diversity, feminism, participation or loneliness, symbiotic bodies, racism in collections, planet care, and much more. We use the MAK as a polyphonic place for the exchange of ideas and to engage in various sociopolitical discourses and problems that enable new perspectives on an extraordinary collection. Conversation Pieces can be understood as an impetus to make widespread pictorial worlds and narratives visible and to critically question them by talking about them together.
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Media

André Ostier, Vicomtesse de Ribes and Pierre Celeyron, Winter Ball, Hotel Coulanges, Paris, 30 December 1958
© A. & A. Ostier
 
Cerith Wyn Evans, Astrophotography-Stages of photographic development by Siegfried Marx (1987), 2007 Photograph: Jens Ziehe | TBA21
Chris Groner, Reclaim the Streets, 13 July 1996, M41 Motorway, Shepherd’s Bush, London
© Chris Groner
Rosette from the Halle Jewelry, 1570–1580 © MAK/Nathan Murrell
WERNER 2 © Maria Ziegelböck
Chug-glass for the Wiener Werkstätte, 1919 © MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen 
 
 
André Ostier, Patricia Lopez-Willshaw, Winter Ball, Hotel Coulanges, Paris, 30 December 1958
© A. & A. Ostier
 
Gelatin, Qu’ils mangent de la brioche, 2006 Courtesy of the artists and Perrotin, Paris
Austria-Costume from the belongings of the (future) Countess Mathilde von Attems, ca. 1898 © MAK/Branislav Djordjevic
Naja Orashvili, Bogomir Doringer, Rave-O-Lution in Tbilisi, 2018 © Naja Orashvili, Bogomir Doringer
Michèle Pagel, Where is my pipe?, 2020
Ceramic, enamel, metal
Photograph: Kati Göttfried
Courtesy Galerie Meyer Kainer