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From Domestic Designs to Global Living: Imperial Innovations at the Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, 1864--1914 (2013)


The Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, the first of its kind on the European continent, gave equal status to domestic crafts from the provinces and the cosmopolitan luxuries of the Habsburg dynasty. The museum was thus assigned the task of forging a cohesive imperial identity, becoming the tool with which Austria-Hungary could assert itself as an effective imperial power, both locally and globally. By considering three significant exhibitions in the first 50 years of the museum's history --- the Vienna World's Fair in 1873, the exhibition of Austrian Cottage Industry and Folk Art in 1905, and the exhibition that accompanied the 9th International Housing Conference in 1910 --- this article investigates Austria's transition from the classic model of mid-nineteenth-century imperialism to a uniquely pan-regional empire focused on notions of domesticity and cultural preservation, turning ultimately to the Socialist concerns that would form the basis of the post-imperial Austrian state. Keywords: Habsburg Empire ; Exhibition history ; Alois Riegl ; Museum of Applied Arts Vienna ; Design history ; Folk art

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Authors & Contributors
MacLeod, Roy M.
Surman, Jan
Pimentel, Juan
McClellan, James E., III
Regourd, François
Sörlin, Sverker
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
Journal of Social History
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Medicina Historica
19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
Univ. Chicago Press
Manchester University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Edições Colibri
University of Oklahoma Press
Exhibitions and fairs
National identity
Science and art
Great Britain, colonies
Suess, Eduard
Gross, Hans
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
17th century
16th century
Great Britain
Latin America
Habsburg, House of
Crystal Palace

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