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MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
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Ranked #48 of 772 things to do in Vienna
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art is one of the most important museums of its kind worldwide. Founded as the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry in 1863, today’s museum—with its unique collection of applied arts and as a first-class address for contemporary art—can boast an incomparable identity. Originally established as an exemplary source collection, today’s MAK Collection continues to stand for an extraordinary union of applied art, design, contemporary art and architecture. In temporary exhibitions, the MAK presents various artistic stances from the fields of applied arts, design, architecture, contemporary art, and new media, with the mutual relationships between them being a consistently emphasized theme. The institution’s multifaceted mission allows for varied approaches, opening up new perspectives from which to regard historical relationships and offering frequent glimpses at artistically and societally relevant developments that are just beginning to appear on the horizon. The MAK, which defines itself as a laboratory of societal knowledge, is a place of collecting, research, preservation, education, and interactive learning, as well as a site of human encounters, interaction, and intercreativity. Thanks not least to its international branches and cross-border activities, the museum is also a forum of intercultural and artistic exchange as well as of fruitful dialog with designers, artists, and architects.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Best presentation of applied arts I have ever witnessed. The artist interventions make you see the collections in a completely new way

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Reviewed 24 June 2018

Museum with different Art, from paintings to furniture, glass and porcelain.
Very good lunch in the museum cafe.

Thank CAMuller
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Vienna's art history is incredibly rich. Most tourists concentrate on the old masters and the great palace of Schonbrunn but a visit to Vienna would not be complete without the experience of the Vienna's contribution to the art of our time at the end of the 19th c. Most visitors see the Leopold Museum and visit the upper Belveddere but one of the most important quiet and often overlooked museums is the Museum of Applied Aart (MAK) on the eastern ringstrasse. It houses the city's collections of decorative arts from the late 19th c to 1939 and for the interested visitor it is a must. The interior courtyard alone is will worth the modest price of admission. Several galleries on the first floor contain sparse but interesting eshibits of Viennese Baroque and Rococo design in furniture. As well there are several staggering platforms lined with every conceivable variation in Viennese modernist furniture from the late 19th c. on. In particular the line up of chairs b famous makers including Thonet are important. But it is on the upper floor that most visitors will find the true richness of the collection which begins with French Rococo style furniture and sweeps through with superb examples of Veinnese modernist furniture in the Jugenstile and Sessionist manner. The examples are the best there is as they should be. Casese include ceramics which demonstrate the influcences from other countries and cultures that incluenced the explosion of Veinnese modernism that still looks as forward thinking and brilliant as it was when first made. Cases contain, ceramics metal work, decorative objects and textiles that expand the story. Even the graphic arts are represented, especially near the end of the survery in 1939. I would highly recommend that after seeing all the major sights and collections the dedicated visitor not overlook this collection which is an important component of the cultural revolution that Veinna fostered in the late 19th c. There are bonus ooints. The cafe is very very chic, the food and coffee very good. It is a perfect place to recharge and/or have lunch. I think the museum is not ever very crowded which for me are big bonus points and make for quiet and dedicated looking and reading. The labels and texts in English are very fine. I even made copies and took notes from several. In short highly recommended and important for traveler who wants to experience the miracle of chic Viennese modernism.

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Reviewed 7 June 2018

I visited the MAK because of Klimt's Magic Garden, and it was worth to travel for. (But Klimt is one of my favourite artists, so...)
Otherwise the MAK is a great place if you want to see the of arts and crafts creations from the 1900's Vienna, as well as several rooms of decorative objects from other time periods in Vienna's history.

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Reviewed 21 May 2018

It happened that we could experience the virtual reality of Klimt's garden; it was fun! Other parts of the museum was also very interesting and well worth a visit.

Thank Cory46
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