Past exhibition: Stefan Sagmeister presents his Happy Show at the MAK

Editor's note: This post refers to the "Stefan Sagmeister" past exhibition which was open until March 26, 2016
 
In The Happy Show, Stefan Sagmeister, the “grand master of graphic design,” explores and transcends the boundaries between art and design. The exhibition documents his ten years of ongoing investigation into happiness with the aid of videos, prints, infographics, sculptures, and interactive installations. It takes visitors on a journey through the designer’s way of thinking and his attempts to increase his own happiness by training his mind as others train their bodies. The Happy Show, which stretches across corridors, staircases, and even includes the museum’s “spaces in between,” is Sagmeister’s second exhibition at the MAK since 2002. In handwritten commentaries on the museum’s walls, bannisters, and bathrooms, Sagmeister elucidates his thoughts and motives for the projects on show. He supplements these personal notes with facts from social science by the psychologists Daniel Gilbert, Steven Pinker, and Jonathan Haidt, the anthropologist Donald Symons, and important historians, to contextualize his experiments with mind and typography. This inspiring presentation shows the designer’s experiences during a three-month experiment with meditation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering medication.
 
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MAK Exhibition View, 2015. STEFAN SAGMEISTER: The Happy Show, Everybody Always Thinks They Are Right, 2007. In collaboration with Monika Aichele, Matthias Ernstberger, and Sportogo. MAK Columned Main Hall © MAK/Aslan Kudrnofsky.
 
 
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MAK Exhibition View, 2015. STEFAN SAGMEISTER: The Happy Show, Everybody Always Thinks They Are Right, 2007. In collaboration with Monika Aichele, Matthias Ernstberger, and Sportogo. MAK Columned Main Hall © MAK/Aslan Kudrnofsky.
 
 
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Left: Stefan Sagmeister, Lou Reed – Set the Twilight Reeling, 1996. In collaboration with Timothy Greenfield Sanders © Stefan Sagmeister. Right: MAK Exhibition View, 2015. STEFAN SAGMEISTER: The Happy Show, There is no moral reason to have children. © MAK/Aslan Kudrnofsky.
 
 
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MAK Exhibition View, 2015. STEFAN SAGMEISTER: The Happy Show, Actually Doing the Things I Set Out to Do Increases My Overall Level of Satisfaction, 2012. Execution: Kevin O’Callahan. MAK Permanent Collection Contemporary Art © MAK/Aslan Kudrnofsky.
 
 
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MAK Exhibition View, 2015. STEFAN SAGMEISTER: The Happy Show, Actually Doing the Things I Set Out to Do Increases My Overall Level of Satisfaction, 2012. Execution: Kevin O’Callahan. MAK Permanent Collection Contemporary Art © MAK/Aslan Kudrnofsky.
 
 
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MAK Exhibition View, 2015. STEFAN SAGMEISTER: The Happy Show, MAK GALLERY © MAK/Aslan Kudrnofsky.
 
 
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MAK Exhibition View, 2015. STEFAN SAGMEISTER: The Happy Show, How happy are you? MAK DESIGN LAB © MAK/Aslan Kudrnofsky
 
 
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MAK Exhibition View, 2015. STEFAN SAGMEISTER: The Happy Show, Feel others Feel, 2013. Sound design by Friendly Ghost. In collaboration with Jessica Walsh, Ary Warnaar, Nathan Ritholz, and Sam Morse. MAK DESIGN LAB © MAK/Aslan Kudrnofsky.
 
 
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MAK Exhibition View, 2015. STEFAN SAGMEISTER: The Happy Show, Don’t expect people to change. MAK Columned Main Hall © MAK/Aslan Kudrnofsky.

 
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