Liberalism, Nationalism and Design Reform in the Habsburg Empire is a study of museums of design and applied arts in Austria-Hungary from 1864 to 1914. The Museum for Art and Industry (now the Museum of Applied Arts) as well as its design school occupies a prominent place in the study.
The book also gives equal attention to museums of design and applied arts in cities elsewhere in the Empire, such as Budapest Prague, Cracow, Brno and Zagreb. The book is shaped by two broad concerns: the role of liberalism as a political, cultural and economic ideology motivating the museums’ foundation, and their engagement with the politics of imperial, national and regional identity of the late Habsburg Empire.
This book will be of interest for scholars of art history, museum studies, design history, and European history.
Table of Contents
1. ‘For the encouragement of industry’: the Founding of the Museums of Art and Industry - Matthew Rampley
2. The Politics of Collecting and Display in an Imperial Context - Nóra Veszprémi
3. Rise of a New Discipline? Design Museums and the Writing of Art History - Nóra Veszprémi
4. Semperian Trajectories: The Architecture of Design Museums -Markian Prokopovych
5. Educating the Public: Schools of Design and Applied Arts -Markian Prokopovych
6. The Programme of Design Reform: Rise and Fall of a Project - Matthew Rampley
Epilogue: Design Museums after the Age of Design Museums- Matthew Rampley
Matthew Rampley is Extraordinary Professor of Art History at Masaryk University, Brno.
Markian Prokopovych is Assistant Professor of History at Durham University.
Nóra Veszprémi is Research Fellow in Art History at Masaryk University, Brno.