MAK Permanent Collection Carpets to re-open 8 April

Category: Exhibitions

The re-opening of the famous MAK Permanent Collection Carpets will take place 8 April 2014 at 7.00 pm. The appearance of the unusual and all-new exhibition design is determined by an architectural concept by the Viennese Designer Michael Embacher that is reminiscent of the interior of a silkworm cocoon into which carpets have been woven and by a hand-made, floating installation, by the Turkish artist Füsun Onur.

The Permanent Collection Carpets will focus on developments in carpet-making between the late 15th century and the 18th century, and carpet-art as an over-arching theme of European interiors. Classic Safavid and Ottoman carpets of the 16th and 17th centuries represent the highlights of this new presentation.

Figdor Carpet, detail, Kerman garden carpet, Safavid Empire, South Iran, 1st half 17th century 191 x 156 cm, purchased at the Albert Figdor auction in 1930. © Lois Lammerhuber/MAK
Wiener Jagdteppich [Viennese Hunting Carpet], detail, Safavid Empire, Central Iran, Kashan, 1st half 16th century 687 x 331 cm, taken over from the Imperial Court in 1922. © Gerald Zugmann/MAK
Füsun Onur, Ohne Titel, 2013. Detail of Artistic Intervention for the MAK Permanent Collection Carpets. © MAK/Georg Mayer
Füsun Onur, portrait, 2013. © MAK/Bärbel Vischer

Location and more information: MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria

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