To mark its 150th anniversary, the University of Applied Arts Vienna presents itself in a major exhibition at the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art.
To celebrate the 150th year of existence of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the major exhibition "Aesthetics of Change. 150 years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna" at the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art dives into the cosmos of one of the most traditional and visionary cultural universities in Austria. In a two-part exhibition, the anniversary show, a co-operation of the University of Applied Arts Vienna (UAAV) and the MAK, looks at the historically developed position of the UAAV as a leading competence center for artistic and scientific education and research.
In the exhibition section in the lower MAK exhibition hall, around 400 exhibits provide a view of the UAAV's prodigious output from a variety of perspectives. Speculatively and sometimes provocatively, contemporary positions in the upper MAK exhibition hall sketch the future of art and education against the backdrop of social and technological upheavals.
Thousands of biographies on art, architecture and design are now connected with the UAAV through teaching or studies. Its graduates form a mix of stars of art, architecture and design history – from Gustav Klimt to Oskar Kokoschka and Maria Lassnig, from Josef Frank to Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky and Hans Hollein – and names that were previously unknown to the wider public.
The history of the UAAV begins in 1867. It was in this year that Emperor Franz Joseph laid the foundation stone for a new institution of learning connected to the Royal and Imperial Austrian Museum of Art and Industry (today's MAK). In 1877, the school moved into the building newly constructed by Heinrich von Ferstel on Stubenring, right next to the museum. In 2018, the UAAV will additionally occupy two large, recently adapted buildings in the immediate vicinity of the Ringstrasse boulevard.
Aesthetics of Change. 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, 15 December 2017 - 15 April 2018