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The goal of the collection is to foster plurality within the canon of art and design, and develop alternative trajectories for aesthetic narratives in light of contemporary issues and problematic areas. We approach the histories of applied and visual arts as intrinsically linked, and seek to activate manifold possibilities through experimental and transdisciplinary projects. The past is both examined and rediscovered through a historian mode, and then revived through artistic and curatorial methods.

IN 19.027/1/Ma

Friedrich von Berzeviczy-Pallavicini, Alphabet Buchstabe A, undatiert.
Bleistift, Gouache auf Papier, 35 x 52 cm

Kunstsammlung und Archiv, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Foto: kunst-dokumentation.com

From Josef Hoffmann to Maria Lassnig. From Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky to Peter Weibel. From Friedrich Berzeviczy-Pallavicini to Kamilla Bischof. From Friedl Dicker-Brandeis to Oswald Oberhuber, and from the women artists of the Wiener Werstätte to Bar du Bois.

In dialogue with contemporary artists, staff and students of the university, we are in search of new perspectives on the existing collection. The agenda covers issues of inclusion and exclusion in the canon of modernism, the relationship and supposed autonomy between applied and fine art, as well as a contemporary examination of the concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk. Artistic works are commissioned, produced, and acquired in dialogue with the contexts of the existing collection.

Focal Points

  • Friedl Dicker-Brandeis
  • Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Network
  • Peter Weibel Archive
  • Friedrich Berzeviczy-Pallavicini
  • Josef Frank
  • Carry Hauser
  • Franz Herberth
  • Josef Hoffmann
  • Hilda Jesser
  • Erika Giovanna Klien
  • Anton Kolig
  • Rudolf von Larisch
  • Maria Likarz-Strauss
  • Bertold Löffler
  • Koloman Moser
  • Elly Niebuhr
  • Otto Niedermoser
  • Oswald Oberhuber
  • Dagobert Peche
  • Leopold Wolfgang Rochowanski
  • Mileva Roller
  • Franz Schuster
  • Adele Stark
  • Eduard Wimmer-Wisgrill
  • Emmy Zweybrück
  • Viennese Modernism and the Wiener Werkstätte
  • Viennese Kineticism and the group around Franz Čižek
  • Various branches of applied and fine arts from the 20th century to the present, like photography, graphics, furniture, ceramics, painting and sculpture, including a collection of Polish poster art

  • Austrian modernist architectural models


Collection and Archive
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Collection Art, Architecture, Design
Postgasse 6 / Mezzanin
1010 Vienna


Exhibitions and Loans
Judith Burger
+43 1 71133 3255