/exhibition/ikonographie-und-technik JUL. 2015 - OKT. 2016

Iconography and Technique

… or how images become affixed to exhibits

Relief: ‘Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth (Sisi)’
Walrus tooth, carved, in a velvet frame
Franz Tautz, Wien, 1855
© Technisches Museum Wien

Teacup: Angels from the Sistine Madonna/Raphael’s angels
Porcelain, painted and gilded
Porzellanfabrik Schlaggenwald (Horní Slavkov), Böhmen, vor 1837
© Technisches Museum Wien
Fan: Aurora (after Guido Reni)
Bone, paper, painted
Joseph Sauerwein, Wien, 1841
© Technisches Museum Wien

Run: 01.07.2015 to 21.10.2016

You will never have seen our exhibits this way before! The small selection of decorative artefacts is dedicated to pictorial representations to be found on exhibits and the underlying artistic production techniques.
The vast majority of the exhibits are from the ‘cabinet of manufactory products’ founded by Austrian Emperor Francis I in 1807. One of the main topic areas therefore looks at the Habsburgs, who account for many of the pictorial representations that have ended up on the exhibits. Other topics explore Christian iconography, the mythology of Antiquity, and genre scenes.

And while the presentation covers the full spectrum of familiar materials such as ivory, fabric, paper, glass, ceramic, wood, metal and leather, it also examines largely unknown techniques and materials such as quill embroidery and sintering. Many of the selected exhibits from our collections are being shown to the public for the first time; some may seem rather curious, others quite astonishing, but nearly all of them feature artisanal craftsmanship of the highest order: from medallions to reliefs, busts to braces, phone cards to cardboard boxes, drinking glasses to vases, pipe bowls to matchboxes, coffee cups to dessert plates, horn spoons to belts, fans to pomade jars.

Short video clips on selected manufacturing techniques illustrate the processes necessary to get to the images on the exhibits in the first place.

A brief overview, then, of what is on show for one year at our coffeehouse (Level 2), starting in July 2015. January 2016 also sees the publication, in the series Edition TMW, of a richly illustrated volume to accompany this small exhibition.

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