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EMIL PIRCHAN

Visual Revolution

Date and time

8/12/20205/04/2021

Emil Pirchan (1884–1957) was a pioneer of Expressionist stage design, as well as an imaginative poster designer who enjoyed considerable success in the highly competitive field of advertising art. He was also a costumer, designer, book illustrator, author of several artist monographs, a novelist, teacher, and a lot more besides.

Born in Brünn (present-day Brno), the son of an academic painter studied architecture in Vienna under Otto Wagner. Following a brief spell in his hometown, he moved to Munich in 1908, where he opened a “studio for graphic design, stagecraft, house construction, spatial art and applied arts”. The multi-talented artist was able to show off his creativity also at his later places of activity in Berlin (1921–1932), Prague (1932–1936) and Vienna (1936–1957). Always full of surprises, he created a futuristic, seemingly mechanical design for a theater building in South America around 1930, which was never executed, however, and to this day raises questions about its commissioners. The tiered stage – a milestone in modern stage design known as “Jessner staircase” – would have been unthinkable without Pirchan’s involvement. The clear structuring of the stage area and emphatic color effects Pirchan generallystrove for were doubtlessly rooted in his work as a commercial artist. In this field, the artist experimented with colored paper cuts already in 1912. The fact that the estate of Emil Pirchan, which was buried for many years in an attic in Zurich, saw the light of day a few years ago, and in the spring of 2019 was presented at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, is owed to the efforts of his grandson Beat Steffan. The Leopold Museum is the first Viennese institution to dedicate an exhibition to this universally talented and exceptional artist who is still largely unknown to the broader public.

Leopold Museum
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Museumsplatz 1
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Leopold Museum

The Leopold Museum houses the art collection established by Rudolf Leopold. Its highlight is the “Vienna 1900” presentation, featuring the world’s most important collection of works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Viennese Modernism, international Classical Modernism and the Wiener Werkstätte. The museum also shows special exhibitions in the context of the collection.

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