MAK Museum Vienna, AT
01.02.2023 - 21.05.2023
MAK Exhibition View, 2023, FOLDS © MAK/Georg Mayer
With the exhibition FALTEN (German for folds or wrinkles), the MAK Asia Collection deciphers the complexity of the phenomenon of Falten with regard to technical, creative, physical, symbolic, and cultural dimensions.
The transmedially conceived show illuminates Falten in multiple perspectives from the viewpoints of the history of design, culture, and ideas as well as cultural anthropology. Starting from a comprehensive concept, Falten are presented not only in the form of fabric designs and as a design method. They are also discussed as cultural practices and as a topos of aesthetic distinction in order to show their broad facets as a cultural technique and their philosophical-symbolic dimensions. A wide range of objects can be seen: from textiles and works on paper to furniture and paintings. The transregional exhibits are partly from the MAK collection and are supplemented by loans.
Two-panel folding screen (byōbu), Japan, 18 c. MAK, OR 3884 © MAK
SUDŌ Reiko, scarf in shaded beige/pale pink/wine red, 1997 © MAK/Branislav Djordjevic
Usono inc., Projekt That face, no. 00, 2021 © MAK/Kristina Wissik
Usono inc., project That face, no. 01, 2021 © MAK/Kristina Wissik
Judith Huemer, from the series Headquarters, 2021 © Judith Huemer/Bildrecht, Vienna 2022
Kurt and Gerda Spurey, Aufbruch [Departure], 1974 © MAK/Georg Mayer