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The Museum of Applied Arts was founded in 1864. At the time, it was the first such museum in Europe. The building where the museum is located was built in 1872 by the architect G. Ferstel. A little later, on the basis of the museum, a school of decorative and applied arts was created, where Klimt and Kokoschka studied at one time.
During the Second World War, the museum building was badly damaged and was restored over several decades. In 1993, a complete reconstruction of the museum was completed. Different artists tried to design the interiors, so all the halls are not alike.
The museum displays unique collections divided by eras, from the Gothic period to modern times. For example, Hall 1 is dedicated to the art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and was designed by the German artist Gunther Forgh.
Hall 2 is decorated in a classic style by American minimalist Donald Judd. This room is also called the"Porcelain Room".
Hall 3 is the work of the Austrian Franz Graff. Here, lace and glass are exhibited, intertwining into a harmonious unity.
In Hall 4, oriental carpets are exhibited, which contrast strangely with the concrete setting.
Hall 5 acquaints visitors with Viennese furniture from the Tonet factory.
Room 6 reflects the Biedermeier era. Since this period is considered a literary era, a creeping line with quotes from travel notes and diaries is arranged around the perimeter of this room. There are also sofas from different materials, different shapes and colors. For example, a sofa made of aluminum, the famous lips of Salvador Dali (copy of the sofa).
Hall 15 presents art of the XX-XXI centuries, mainly architectural projects.
Hall 16 is represented by the works of Viennese designers the beginning of the 20th century.
In Hall 17 you can see exhibits made in the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles. For example, furniture placed in glass showcase rooms, a design for a golden frieze for Stoklet Palace.
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