The book Museum of Desires presents highlights from the mumok’s collections (Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Alberto Giacometti, Piet Mondrian, František Kupka, René Magritte, Pablo Picasso, etc.) together with works that are still available in the market and might complement and expand the collections in thematic terms. Given the scant acquisitions budgets that now hamper efforts to purchase additional works of art at almost all museums, this form of presentation has proven an ideal way to win the support of private patrons and sponsors. To lend more depth to its collections, the museum hopes to buy works by Cy Twombly, Dan Flavin, Blinky Palermo, and Fred Sandback, among others; by acquiring art by younger artists such as Monika Sosnowska, Phil Collins, Tacita Dean, and Stephen Prina, it wishes to open its doors to the twenty-first century.
With essays by Eva Badura-Triska, Wolfgang Drechsler, Elodie Evers, Rainer Fuchs, Sophie Haaser, Achim Hochdörfer, Naoko Kaltschmidt, Karola Kraus, Matthias Michalka, Susanne Neuburger, Berthold Rebhandl, Anette Südbeck.