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Easier to pin, harder concrete: Gustav Peichl is dead

Build with concrete and Draw with something zittrigem pen: These two very different disciplines of the Austrian, Gustav Peichl, died on Sunday in Vienna 91-year-old United. The Drawing he originally planned to earn a bachelor of architecture, 1954, the first cartoon appeared in the Viennese daily newspaper "die Presse", there are other sheets in the country, and especially from 1964 on, the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" followed. His stage name was Ironimus.

It remained for him always a secondary job, even if at the end of his life, certainly more than 12'000 cartoons have been made, which have been collected in 30 books. 11 Austrian Chancellor, he has drawn. Among politicians the saying was in circulation: "It is bad to be of Ironimus caricatured, but it is even worse." In Olaf-Gulbransson-Museum in the Bavarian town of Tegernsee is on show until January 2020 exhibition Peichl-drawings.

again and again he devoted himself to politics as well as everyday scenes from the big-city everyday life, marked by a "bitter sweet futility", as the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" wrote. Sometimes iron he materialized also be the main business, the modern architecture, with the help of some fellow was always happy.

As a draughtsman was Peichl familiar to an audience of millions, not least through TV shows like "The cartoon of the week". The design and Build but he was dedicated to getting the largest part of its work force, from 1955, with a private office. From 1973 to 1996, he led a master class at the Vienna Academy of fine arts. Twice, he exhibited at the Documenta in Kassel and at the Biennale in Venice.

is One of the most famous buildings Peichls: The Federal art hall in Bonn, with the distinctive roof cones. Photo: Tania Beilfuss (art and exhibition hall of the Federal Republic of Germany GmbH)

Peichl was influenced by Classical, Modern and aspired to, even if he worked with naked concrete, the impression of lightness. He built for the ORF of seven regional studios. Its earth station in Aflenz (Styria, 1976-79) is as an anticipation of "green" architecture. Among his most famous buildings are the kammerspiele in Munich and the Federal art and exhibition hall in Bonn, with the highly visible cones on the roof. In Krems he built a cartoon Museum, in which there is a separate, dedicated Ironimus-room. His two activities came together.

Created: 19.11.2019, 14:09 Uhr

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