Exhibition

OTTO PRUTSCHER

Universal Designer of Viennese Modernism

Wed, 20.11.2019–Sun, 17.05.2020

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

Otto Prutscher (1880–1949) was an architect and designer, an exhibition designer, teacher, and member of all the important arts and crafts movements—from the Secession to the Werkbund.
 
Prutscher was one of the first students of the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts. Being taught by Josef Hoffmann and the painter Franz Matsch clearly left its mark on Prutscher’s designs: this is evident in both their high-quality draftsmanship and their constant alignment with prevailing architectural trends.
 
Prutscher’s known oeuvre comprises over 50 buildings, almost 50 exhibitions, some 170 interiors, 300 interior designs, and more than 200 pieces and sets of furniture. His designs were executed by over 200 companies, above all the Wiener Werkstätte and firms like Backhausen or Augarten.
 
70 years after Prutscher’s death, this exhibition explores his complex creative work and his role in the development of Viennese Modernism. The show was inspired by the collector Hermi Schedlmayer’s generous gift of 139 designs, objects, and furniture by Prutscher.
 
Curator: Rainald Franz, Curator, MAK Glass and Ceramics Collection

Opening in context of the Vienna Art Week 2019

Tue, 19 Nov 2019
7 p.m.
Free admission to the opening
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On the exhibition
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, General Director, MAK
Rainald Franz, Curator MAK Glass and Ceramics Collection
 

Publication

Accompanying publication to the exhibition: Otto Prutscher: Universal Designer of Viennese Modernism (MAK Studies 26), edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Rainald Franz. With contributions by Silvia Colombari, Claas Duit, Rainald Franz, Aline Müller, Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel, Beba Restelli, Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, and Christoph Thun-Hohenstein. German/English, 160 pages with numerous color illustrations. MAK, Vienna/Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart 2019. Available at the MAK Design Shop and online at MAKdesignshop.at for € 29.

The exhibition catalog is funded by the EU Program Art Nouveau.

Program (14 Events)

Tue, 19.11.2019 7.00 pm

Exhibition Opening OTTO PRUTSCHER

Thu, 21.11.2019 5.00 pm
Sat, 23.11.2019 2.00 pm 4.00 pm
MAK4FAMILY
Workshop for the whole family

OTTO PRUTSCHER – Augenmerk aufs Kunsthandwerk

OTTO PRUTSCHER – Augenmerk aufs Kunsthandwerk
Polster, Glas und Essbesteck – Muster, Stuhl und Teegedeck. Allgestallter Otto Prutscher verzaubert und entführt in die Moderne. MINI MAK verschafft sich Einblick in Wien um 1900 und zeigt dir, wie ein Universal-Designer arbeitet. Im Anschluss bist natürlich du am Zug und zeigst uns, was du schon kannst.

THE FORMAT MAK4FAMILY

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month (except July, August, and December) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the MAK hosts a workshop and guided tour for the whole family (aged 4+).

PRACTICAL INFO

Workshop and guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Fee for materials: € 4.50 per child (with free admission)
Reduced admission for accompanying adults

Meeting place: MAK Columned Main Hall
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Sat, 23.11.2019 4.00 pm

Exhibition Tour OTTO PRUTSCHER

Sat, 30.11.2019 4.00 pm

Exhibition Tour OTTO PRUTSCHER

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Vienna Art Week 2019
Otto Prutscher, Lidded goblet, Vienna, 1927/28
Execution: Josef Carl Klinkosch
Silver, gilt, wrought, hammered, cast
© MAK
Otto Prutscher, Fauteuil, Vienna, ca. 1919
Execution: Gebrüder Thonet
Oak, carved; beechwood, bent; upholstery with textile cover
© MAK/Georg Mayer
Otto Prutscher, Vase II 5469 with plant stand, Joh. Loetz Witwe for Bakalowits
© Otto Prutscher Archive, Baden/Peter Kainz
Beaded glass vase after a design by Otto Prutscher, 1908
Execution: Joh. Loetz Witwe, Klostermühle (Klášterský Mlýn, CZ),
© Otto Prutscher Archive, Baden/Peter Kainz
Otto Prutscher, Coffee set no. 1321 for the Klinkosch company, ca. 1915
© Otto Prutscher Archive, Baden/Peter Kainz
Otto Prutscher, Chimney access doors for Jakob Nowak’s apartment, ca. 1920
© Otto Prutscher Archive, Baden/Peter Kainz
Otto Prutscher, Vitrine for the “Room for an Art Enthusiast” at the Vienna Kunstschau in 1908
© Otto Prutscher Archive, Baden/Peter Kainz
Publication to the exhibition: Otto Prutscher: Universal Designer of Viennese Modernism  (MAK Studies 26)
Otto Prutscher, Interior elevation for the Café-Restaurant Hotel Imperial, Vienna’s 1st district (jointly with Anton Schuwerk and August Röben), 1937
Cardboard, tracing paper, watercolor paint, india ink, colored pencil, pencil
© MAK
Otto Prutscher, Tablecloth, ca. 1910
Execution: Herrburger & Rhomberg, Vienna/Dornbirn
Cotton, woven
© MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen
Portrait photo of Otto Prutscher, 1930–1948
© Archivio Famiglia Otto Prutscher, Milan
Otto Prutscher in a chair by Josef Zotti, 1913
Photo: Karl Ehn
© Archivio Famiglia Otto Prutscher, Milan
Otto Prutscher, Sample room with lamps, wallpapers, and fabrics by the Wiener Werkstätte, ca. 1910
© Archivio Famiglia Otto Prutscher, Milan
Otto Prutscher, Façade of the public housing Lorenshof, Längenfeldgasse, Vienna’s 12th district, 1927
© Archivio Famiglia Otto Prutscher, Milan
Otto Prutscher, Interior of the pharmacy „Zum goldenen Adler“, 1911
© Archivio Famiglia Otto Prutscher, Milan
Otto Prutscher, Detail of the warm water pool area at the Dianabad swimming pool
(jointly with Gebrüder Schwadron and Michael Powolny), Vienna, 1913/14
© Archivio Famiglia Otto Prutscher, Milan
Otto Prutscher, Interior of Café Ronacher, Schottenring, Vienna’s 1st district, 1913
© Archivio Famiglia Otto Prutscher, Milan