Josiah McElheny - The Ornament Museum in Collaboration with John Vinci
Exhibition, MAK, Vienna, Austria.
Josiah McElheny’s remarkable new installation, developed especially for the MAK, reinterprets the historical design language of Viennese modernism, finding within it a set of new questions about art and psychology. For his first solo museum exhibition in Austria, the New York-based artist has created a museum-within-a-museum comprised of an architecturally scaled pavilion made of painted wood and glass, and installed within the MAK’s permanent collection of Viennese objects from around 1900. Visitors are invited to enter and look out through the landscapes created by the ornamental motifs on its windows. The ephemeral structure supports over 100 individual glass panels overlaid with seven different ornamental motifs.