Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts (MAK) : Michelin's recommendations
Housed in a formal, neo-Renaissance building on the Ring, the MAK or Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts possesses one of the world's largest collections. A new museology**, has been developed by contemporary artists, creating remarkable settings, and illustrating why the origins of modern design partially stem from Vienna's enthusiasm for Art Deco. The museum has displays of various medieval and Renaissance objects, as well as Baroque, Rococo and Classical. Some are noteworthy, such as the painted cherrywood table top** (Swabia, late 15C) or the reconstruction of the porcelain room of the Dubsky Palace in Brno (porcelain produced by the famous Vienna factory before 1730). However, it is the Empire section, in particular the simple, comfortable Biedermeier furniture of the day, illustrated by a cherrywood writing desk* dating from 1825, reflecting the astonishing creativity of 19C Vienna. The famous Thonet bistro chair, on show in the Historicism section, has not aged one iota while the Jugendstil and Art Deco periods are well represented by displays of glassware and furniture. A series of drawings** made by Klimt for the dining room of Stoclet House in Brussels (1905-1909) are characteristic of this period of intense research. The museum houses the archives of the Wiener Werkstätte**, the association of Viennese artists (1903 to 1932) which made an important contribution to the promotion of everyday arts in the 20C. The contemporary section shows that this research is still being pursued today. Finally, the museum has an extremely fine collection of Oriental carpets**.
- Address : Stubenring 5 A - 1010 Wien1010Wien
- Phone : 01711360
- E-mail : office@MAK.at
- Website : http://www.mak.at
- Prices : 7.90 €