150 years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna

Exhibition Aesthetics of change

A cooperation between the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the MAK

In 1867 the School of Arts and Crafts was established at the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry (today’s MAK) to enable Austrian arts and crafts to compete internationally. This school is the antecedent institution of today’s University of Applied Arts Vienna, which is now celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The exhibition AESTHETICS OF CHANGE: 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna in two parts casts a glance back onto 150 years of the University’s history, while at the same time daring to look into the future.

The Angewandte: 1867–2017: From A to Z
This time span is the topic of the first part of the jubilee exhibition in the MAK’s lower Exhibition Hall, curated by Elisabeth Schmuttermeier and Patrick Werkner. The objects on view are from the University’s own collections, supplemented by works from the MAK’s holdings. Associated with this are thousands of people in teaching and studies, among them “stars” from the history of art, design, and architecture, as well as relative unknown names.

With an encyclopedic arrangement of the topical points, the exhibition highlights the vicissitudes of the Angewandte’s history and the developments it begat and begets. Up-to-date videos to convey a sense of contemporary education, showcase student projects, and give glimpses into life at the Angewandte.

The Angewandte: 150 Plus Thirty
The second part of the jubilee exhibition in the MAK’s upper Exhibition Hall, curated by Gerald Bast and Peter Weibel, outlines theses for the future and advocates for a reorientation of education, art, and society. Three chapters present aggregated trends. The exhibition focuses on current and visionary research, in addition to contemporary artistic positions.

MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
Stubenring 5,1010 Vienna

15.12.2017 until 15.04.2018
Tue 10:00-22:00 hrs, Wed-Sun 10:00-18:00 hrs, Mon closed

Upper MAK exhibition hall:

Gerald Bast, President, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Peter Weibel, Executive Director, ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe; Professor (emer.), University of Applied Arts Vienna
Curatorial Assistance and Exhibition Management: Martina Schöggl (University of Applied Arts Vienna)
Exhibition Design: checkpointmedia – Virgil Widrich, Stefan Unger
Graphic Design: getusedtoit – Gerhard Jordan, Pia Scharler
Thanks to:
Gerhard Brandstötter, Helmuth Fahrner, Benno Groer, Hans Lindner, Karl Holzer, Reinhold Krobath, Philipp Hornung, Andrea Müller, Peter Pokorny, Johnny Ragland, Stefan Staudigl, Karl Zillinger (University of Applied Arts Vienna); Amira Ben Saoud, Pamina Georgiou and Lemmings I/O; Reinhard Bachmaier, Teresa Guggenberger, Simon Hellmayr and Gabriele Kaiser as well as to all participating artists, researchers, and lenders.