During his 25 years as director, Noever transformed Mak into a world-class museum, working with leading artists such as the late Donald Judd to reinstall the decorative art collection. He also opened a branch in Los Angeles at the Schindler House.
(The Art Newspaper 11/2013, London)
“Briefly, and parallel to the request made by Boris Groys, who argues very differently, I would like to say that museums also fulfill their economic duty as moral institutions. Only an ethical act with which we justify our own assumptions of the future can affirm an aesthetic act that translates virtual, intrapsychological spheres of thought into writing if we subject ourselves or others either directly or indirectly to these assumptions.
All else is garbage which, particularly when it radiates, insists on an adulation that was once the prerogative of gods. Even in this sense, the significance of museums as the garbage containers of cultures remains unparalleled. Their greatest asset is the manifestation of constancy contained within them. A halflife period of 15.000 years of the cathedrals of garbage amounts to a generation of time for the future that surpasses the entire cultural past of humanity.
Motto: We (s)weep for you.”
Needless to say, contemporary art is all the more important, pertinent, and indispensable. Hence a museum with the renowned reputation and integrity of the MAK under the inimitable auspices of Peter Noever cannot afford to be compromised by any financial forces regardless of their excuses, however intended, phrased, or sung.
“There are only three fields that Austria is acceptably good in: skiing, tourism, and art. In the latter, the MAK has played a leading role in the past fifteen years. It should be logical, even to the dumbest politicians, not to start economizing here, which would be the wrong place, and to paralyze such an important institution by cutting back on subsidies (otherwise, one would have to assume that this government pursues a policy of annihilation). No government members would ever dare to think of putting the Austrian skiing team out of action, in the heyday of its success, by a subsidy cutback.”
Good museums are controversial. Good museums always bear the signature of one person, whose passions and individuality makes them rise above the mass of “conformist” institutions that simply follow an insipid, obligatory program.
Good museums are controversial, difficult and they communicate visions – the visions of artists and curators.
Peter Noever has visions, and he possesses the energy and the humor to implement them without being distracted from his path by petty politics. He has made the MAK what it is today: an internationally respected house.
Peter Noever’s methods have an extremely inspirational effect on me and I find that his personal engagement is a challenge and confirmation of artistic intention.
Who is the artist of the future? To make a “Museum of Installations” inside the huge bomb shelter is a great idea!
Peter Noever has the willingness to inscribe his creativity within new perspectives, as a necessary step of the mediation. He copes with the task to decipher differently the reality, to imagine other visibilities for the present and to bring them awareness and larger interpretations. It is the complicated representation of a country going through continuous changes.
For Noever, the human element, the artist himself, is a determining presence. Feelings and fears of the male character combine with the chaotic and dubious urban landscape. It creates the oscillating perception of the inside/outside relationship. The immobilized space and time reflect a context, which is first the daily one facing the artist, then the paradoxical view of the permanence developed with the temporary. His building sites are the translation of the paradigm of the transitory.
I also happen to share Peter Noever’s opinion that Vienna needs a museum of contemporary art – not just a storage for objects, but first and foremost a center for artistic production.
It appears that Peter Noever is building the tower of Babel on contemporary arts in Arenbergpark with efforts of multilingual builders so that it can be seen from Siberia how its top will soon hit the intimate body of God.
Source of inspiration. The MAK is a museum that has had a profound effect on me as an artist and art viewer.
From another planet. Peter Noever is a man who has no conscience. A man who didn’t come from this world; he came from another planet far, far away.
We all don’t know what he is going to do at every angle, which is quite alien.
That really makes me think and feel something!