The American artist Marjorie Schick (1941–2017) was one of the pioneers of avant-garde...
The new autumn programme is out now!
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna (AT),...
The American artist Marjorie Schick (1941–2017) was one of the pioneers of avant-garde auteur jewellery. She regarded the body as a "living sculpture" and constructed sensational and large jewellery sculptures from various materials. In addition, her jewellery refers to 20th century abstract art, especially Constructivism and Pop Art.
A wonderful new film by Bill Youmans about Marjorie Schick with numerous of her interviews and sensitive statements from companions can be found here:
Information on our comprehensive monograph from 2007 on this extraordinary jewellery artist with brilliant, large-scale illustrations of selected objects, contributions by jewellery experts with a fully illustrated catalogue of works can be found here.
The new autumn programme is out now!
Our new publication Handmade in Germany presents exceptional
manufacturers, craftspeople and designers who combine high-quality handicraft with sustainable production methods. In keeping with the social trend of
rejecting mass production under poor conditions in far-off parts of the world, it thus brings about a rethink in consumer behaviour.
Alongside sociopolitical visions, such an approach calls for much artistic creativity, artisanal expertise and experience in dealing with the respective
The common theme running through this year’s autumn programme is individual mastery, over the centuries and across the continents: from the object and jewellery design of today, via sculpture and miniatures in ivory and porcelain, historical lace and artefacts from outside of Europe, to contemporary graphics, photography and installation art.
With our autumn programme we very much wish to contribute to the strengthening of authenticity in art and design, to cultural diversity and to a self-understanding that art, crafts and design are key factors in shaping our social reality.
We hope you enjoy reading our new preview. You can find information about the individual publications and other, significant new releases here.
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna (AT), 16.05.–23.09.2018
With its wide-ranging jubilee exhibition 300 YEARS OF THE VIENNA PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY, the MAK is drawing attention to the history and significance of the second-oldest porcelain manufactory in Europe. Founded in May 1718 when the imperial privilege for porcelain production was granted to Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier, the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory set new aesthetic standards over the following decades. Some 1,000 objects from the holdings of the MAK as well as national and international collections offer a formidable overview of Viennese developments in the context of Asian precursors and European competitors.
The MAK has housed the legacy of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory—under imperial ownership from 1744 and closed in 1864—and has been dedicated to researching porcelain since its founding years. With examples from all eras of production, the legacy provides an overview of some 150 years of porcelain production in Vienna. Viennese porcelain production covered a wide spectrum of ceramics: from dinnerware sets and vases to clocks, from high-quality porcelain sculptures to scenic and floral miniatures, from porcelain paintings with cobalt blue and gold decorations in relief to large-format porcelain pictures with floral still lifes.
The exhibition 300 YEARS OF THE VIENNA PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY presents the latest research findings with as yet unpublished documents on major works by the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory, such as the porcelain room from the Palais Dubsky in Brno (ca. 1740) and the centerpiece from Zwettl Abbey (Vienna, 1767/68). Both the “Dubsky Room”, one of the first rooms to be decorated with European porcelain, and the centrepiece from Zwettl Abbey are on permanent display in the MAK Permanent Collection Baroque Rococo Classicism, designed by Donald Judd.
The exhibition is accompanied by the publication 300 Years of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory, edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Rainald Franz, with texts by Rainald Franz, Andreas Gamerith, Michael Macek, Errol Manners, Waltraud Neuwirth, Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel, A. Philipp Revertera, Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Ulrike Scholda, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Leonhard Weidinger and Johannes Wieninger.
30 Years Gold and Silversmiths' Craft Trust in Schwäbisch Gmünd
Schwäbisch Gmünd (DE), 15.04–28.10.2018
Impulse is the name of the exhibition with which the Gold and Silversmiths' Craft Trust Schwäbisch Gmünd celebrates its 30th anniversary from April 15 to October 28 in the Silverware Museum Ott-Pauser. In the thirty years since its foundation, the Trust has initiated numerous projects to promote the art of gold and silversmithing. In addition to exhibitions, competitions and acquisitions, this also included the establishment of a city goldsmith. Since 1989, a total of 15 renowned city goldsmiths have made guest appearances in Schwäbisch Gmünd on the occasion of this award. Together with works by this year's 16th city goldsmith, the exhibition brings together 70 pieces. The spectrum includes jewellery as well as hollowware and ranges from the traditional enamelled brooch to unconventional necklaces made of the most diverse materials. From classic candlesticks, coffee and mocha services to vessels that plumb the boundaries of metal casting. Although individual and designed in their time, the term Zeitgeist is lost in the works: in addition to quality and creativity, they bear witness to timeless beauty. The exhibits come from artists, private and museum collections, including in particular pieces acquired by the Trust for the collections of the Gmünd Museum. In addition, works from workshops, posters, books and other documents convey the intensity of the foundation's activities over the past three decades.You will find all information on the accompanying catalogue on our website.