Aesthetics of Change
15 December 2017 – 15 April 2018
To mark the 150th anniversary of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, an exhibition is being staged in co-operation with the Museum for Applied Art (MAK), relating the history of the university.
The university was founded as a school of arts and crafts in 1867 and was at the time part of the Austrian Imperial and Royal Museum for Art and Industry, the forerunner of today’s MAK. This has resulted in there being a special relationship between the museum and the university and a linking of two histories, as a foray into the history of the university also allows a glimpse of the museum’s development.
The exhibition has two parts. The first is curated by Patrick Werkner and Elisabeth Schuttermeier showing the Development of the Applied using the university’s own collection and works owned by MAK. Displayed chronologically, the objects provide an overview of persons known and unknown connected with the university. This encyclopaedic listing is supplemented by videos that give an insight into the current life of the institution.
The second part of the exhibition deals with the opportunities likely to happen in the next thirty years and is intended to stimulate re-orientation. The themes of education, art and society are particularly investigated in this respect. Using scientific research and contemporary artists’ stances, various trends in these areas are showcased. This section is curated by Peter Weibel and Gerald Bast.
Accompanying keynote talks will be held in the MAK Future Lab asking, “How will we exist?”, “How will we resist?” and there will also be a discussion entitled “Let’s Twist”.