The Werkstadt Vienna. Design Engaging the City exhibition will bring the capital's workshops and studios back into the spotlight. The show will take its cue from the Passionswege, or passion paths, first set out by Neigungsgruppe Design under Tulga Beyerle, Thomas Geisler and Lilli Hollein in 2006 as part of Vienna Design Week. Neigungsgruppe Design will use a variety of experimental approaches by design aficionados to draw attention to the latent innovative potential of the capital's materials science enterprises and manufacturing workshops. British curator Sophie Lovell has teamed up with Netherlands-based studio Makkink & Bey to highlight the sheer variety of projects and their promising long-term prospects in a touring exhibition. The first port of call will be Helsinki, the World Design Capital 2012. Additions from the MAK collection will give the exhibition a significant thematic boost when it arrives in Vienna.
The Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art has drawn up a new blueprint for presenting some of its own collections over the past few months. In September 2012 the Asia collection will reopen with some of the highlights from the 25,000 pieces in the museum's vaults, presented according to a new historic concept that centers on Chinese, Japanese and Korean applied arts. In November 2012 its Contemporary Arts spaces will open up, featuring individual contemporary pieces with a contextual link to the Wiener Moderne or Viennese Modernism. The collection of contemporary arts will likewise be restructured ahead of a phased relaunch of the collections in the coming years at the MAK contemporary art depot at the Arenbergpark flak tower - also known as the MAK tower. A new-look 20th/21st Century Architecture collection will be rolled out to the public in November 2012. And finally, selected pieces in the newly organized Wiener Moderne collection will go on show to the public in their new format for the first time during Vienna Art Week (Nov 19-25, 2012).
Werkstadt Vienna. Design Engaging the City
Dec 12, 2012-Mar 17, 2013
MAK Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
Weiskirchnerstrasse 3, 1010 Vienna