15 Buildings for his 90th

Mon, 12.03.2018–Sun, 19.08.2018
With the solo exhibition GUSTAV PEICHL: 15 Buildings for His 90th, the MAK is celebrating the renowned Austrian architect’s 90th birthday. In 2013, Gustav Peichl donated all of his architectural sketches, designs, and plans for his Austrian building projects to the museum. From his 50-year career, in which he created a total of 70 buildings, the versatile and prolific architect has personally selected 15 buildings—from between 1958 and 2011—for the MAK exhibition, affording a unique insight into his oeuvre. Sketches and plans that for the most part have never previously been shown to the public are being presented together with largely familiar objects, thus bringing his architectural theories into focus.
His early recognized talent as a caricaturist, his ties to the architect Roland Rainer, and his training in the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna master class under Clemens Holzmeister have all left their mark on his diverse oeuvre. Peichl’s versatility is particularly evident in his architectural sketches and buildings realized mostly in Austria (for instance the ORF Regional Studios, 1969–1981, and the Aflenz Earth Station, 1976–1979) and Germany (for instance the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, 1986–1992, and the Münchner Kammerspiele, 1990–1993). For Peichl, “buildings and architecture are the sum total of form, function, material, color, and light.” The aim is to create a sensual architecture that harmonizes these elements. Peichl strives to formalize the “beauty of the processes” that, as individual elements of a building, fuse to form a carefully constituted whole. The inspiration for this approach is Otto Wagner. Despite this love of detail and striving for sensuousness, “classical” modernity is nevertheless clearly evident in his works: employing strongly delineated technical, aesthetic structures, he creates a proportioned clarity, thus incorporating technical innovations to allow dramatic accents to accrue.
The exhibition comprises over 250 sketches and plans, including loans from the Berlin Academy of Arts. The perspective on his work is further broadened by new photographs specially created for the exhibition by the contemporary German artist Pola Sieverding, who has photographed the 15 selected buildings in their current condition. Visitors thus have an opportunity of understanding Peichl’s work from two perspectives: on the one hand by studying the original sketches and on the other by contemplating the completed buildings.

Curator: Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel, Head, MAK Library and Works on Paper Collection/Archive


Tue, 20.3.2018, 7 p.m.

On the exhibition
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, General Director, MAK
Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel, Curator
Wolf Prix, Architect
Gustav Peichl will be present

Dialogue Tours

with students and colleagues of Gustav Peichl

Tue, 10.4.2018, 6 p.m.
with Martin Kohlbauer, Architect

Tue, 8.5. 2018, 6 p.m.
with August Sarnitz, Architect

Curator-Guided Tour 

Thu, 22.3.2018, 5 p.m.
with Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel


Wed, 21.03.2018, 3.00 pm
Guided tour through the exhibition followed by further discussion at the restaurant Salonplafond im MAK.  


Sun, 15.04.2018, 11.00 am
Gustav Peichl: A Real Architect Turns 90
What exactly does an architect do? We will show you plans and sketches that Gustav Peichl himself drew, and much more besides.

Guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Attendance fee: € 3,50 per child
Reduced admission of accompanying adults

MAK Design Kids

Sat, 21.04.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Become your own architect—DI Anton Stein is here to help
“Why is my house so ugly?” Gustav asks himself when handed the keys. “The drawing of it was so beautiful ...” MAK Design Kids are shown just how different architectural creations can look in the mind’s eye and in the city. 

Workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds (unaccompanied)
Participation fee: € 8
Limited number of participants

€ 8 instead of € 10

On presentation of their MAK ticket, all exhibition visitors will receive reduced admission to the exhibition IRONIMUS 90. Jetzt mal keine Politik! Cartoons von 1948 bis 2018 [IRONIMUS 90: No Politics Now! Cartoons from 1948 to 2018] In the Caricature Museum Krems between 21 March and 27 May 2018.




MAK Collection


Library and Works on Paper Collection

Head: Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel
The MAK Library and Works on Paper Collection is one of the largest and oldest museum libraries with a focus on applied art. Alongside classic library functions, the collection is also devoted to artistic aspects of the pictorial in all possible variants as well as to the initiation of a reappraisal of art production manifested in paper form.
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