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Transmedia 1900

An intervention by the Transmedia Art Department in the MAK Permanent Collection


An intervention by the Transmedia Art Department in the MAK Permanent Collection

The current MAK Permanent Collection Vienna 1900 with its diverse exhibits from design and arts and crafts is at the heart of the intervention TRANSMEDIA 1900. Students from the Transmedia Art class at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (head: Jakob Lena Knebl) intensively explored the exhibits from the complex cultural epoch between 1890 and 1938 and responded to objects from the Arts and Crafts movement, the Wiener Werkstätte, or interior designs by Adolf Loos and Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. Their ideas and critical approaches, inspired by the Collection, are expressed in ceramics, drawings, textile works, music pieces, or installations. With 17 temporary interventions in the rooms of the Permanent Collection, they let new associations with Viennese Modernism arise while the MAK team prepares the reinstallation of the Collection rooms, which will open in 2025.

Each of the works on show interprets and transforms a specific element from the vicinity of the groundbreaking developments in Vienna around 1900 in an individual way. Various media, techniques, and concepts are used to cast contemporary perspectives on the historical contexts. Themes such as transformation, memory, technological change, gender roles, and fundamental changes in society are reflected through diverse means of expression.

A special guiding system in the form of transparent, lime-green monograms, developed by Maximilian Prag in reference to typography designs of the era around 1900, individually highlights each artistic work.

With works by
Cristian Anutoiu, Julius Anatol Biswurm, Francesca Centonze, CERAMIC GOONZ, Patrícia Chamrazová, Josepha Edbauer, Sarah Glück, Fiona Hauser, Elias Jocher, Sjeng Kessels, Alice Klarwein / Camilla Ruh / Marlene Stahl (gemeinsam mit Ju Aichinger, Laura Dominici, Ines Frieda Försterling, hallo hilfe, Jooyoung Hwang, Alice Klarwein, Erin Sankey, Liza Sočan, Iris Writze), Simon Kubik, Vanessa Mazanik, Brooklyn J. Pakathi, Maximilian Prag, Marian Stein / Ludwig Rieger, Iris Writze / Hsin-Yu Chou

Lilli Hollein, Jakob Lena Knebl

Guest Curators
Eva Chytilek, Doris Krüger, Martina Menegon

MAK Curator
Anne-Katrin Rossberg

Graphic design
Maximilian Prag

Andreas Krištof, Anne-Katrin Rossberg

12.3.2024 / 7 pm
Free admission to the exhibition opening


Exhibition venue
MAK Permanent Collection Vienna 1900
Museum für angewandte Kunst
Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna, AT

Opening hours
Tue 10 am–9 pm
Wed to Sun 10 am–6 pm
Mon closed