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MAK — Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art

The MAK is one of the leading museums of its kind in the world. It was established in 1863 as the k.k. Österreichisches Museum für Kunst und Industrie, the gala opening took place on 12 May 1864. The museum moved to its present renaissance- style quarters on Stubenring designed by Heinrich von Ferstel in 1871, and in 1938 the institution changed its name to the Staatliches Kunstgewerbemuseum in Wien (State Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna). It has been known as the Museum für angewandte Kunst since 1947.

The MAK links the past and the future, which is reflected in its large collections, themed shows and an extensive programme. It blends applied arts, design, architecture and contemporary art, particularly within short-term exhibitions. Permanent exhibitions provide an insight into numerous art disciplines, showcasing the history and multiple branches of applied arts, the variety of its forms and materials.

The MAK is a place of learning, collecting, research, preservation and mediation, as well as meetings, interaction and creativity. Its activities exceeding the Austrian borders and involving collaboration with international designers, artists and architects are no less important.

Sepp Müller, Connecting Wing, 1991 © Gerald Zugmann/MAK
Sepp Müller, Connecting Wing, 1991 © Gerald Zugmann/MAK
Entrance to the MAK © Gerald Zugmann/MAK
Walter Pichler, Gate to the Garden, 1990 © Gerald Zugmann/MAK
MAK, View from the Stubenring © Gerald Zugmann/MAK
MAK Columned Main Hall © MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen
MAK — Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art © MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen
Reading Room of the MAK Library © Gerald Zugmann/MAK
MAK — Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art © MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen