The Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (Österreichisches Museum fur Angewandte Kunst) is home to the applied arts or practical arts of Austrian designers. The museum structure dates from 1852. The original intent was to create an Austrian version of the Albert and Victoria Museum in London. It grew from an idea in 1852 to encompass the various aspects of the crafts and to influence industrial design and development in Austria.
The Museum consists of several rooms devoted to diverse areas of the applied arts. The new displays alone encompass 11 rooms. There is also a Library and a bookstore – the MAK. In this museum, you can see furniture, porcelain and art objects. There are Oriental carpets designed by Austrians. Some displays are total rooms from specific periods. They are reconstructions of famous rooms such as one from the Dubsky Palace in Brünn. You can also see the Jugendstil display by Joseph Hoffman and his followers at the Wiener Werkstätte. There are ancient liturgical robes and examples of early massed-produced goods. The Museum covers all the centuries providing visitors with an excellent look at the role and character of applied art.
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