Former Head of New York’s Austrian Cultural Forum Named Director of MAK Vienna

Christoph and Karin Thun-Hohenstein. (Photo: Patrick McMullan Company)

Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, the former head of New York’s Austrian Cultural Forum, has been named director of MAK Vienna, the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art, one of the country’s most important art museums.

Mr. Thun-Hohenstein, 51, led the ACF from 1999 to 2007, during the time that its iconic and extremely narrow skyscraper (it’s only 25 feet wide in some places), designed by architect Raimund Abraham, was being built on West 52nd Street.

In 2007, describing Mr. Thun-Hohenstein and Mr. Abraham’s building, The New York Times memorably wrote:

“Both are striking presences on the New York cultural scene: tall and thin and often cited. Both wrap their strengths in a diffident but notable charm.”

Since leaving the ACF, Mr. Thun-Hohenstein had been serving as managing director of “departure,” Vienna’s creative agency, which facilities arts programs in the city. In a statement accompanying the announcement of his appointment Mr. Thun-Hohenstein described MAK Vienna as “one of the most fascinating museums of all, by virtue of the broad range of content which it represents.”

At MAK Vienna, Mr. Thun-Hohenstein will have considerably more space to work with than he did at the ACF: it spans the length of a full city block in the Austrian capital.

Former Head of New York’s Austrian Cultural Forum Named Director of MAK Vienna