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Walter Pichler. House Next to the Smithy

Thu 16.05.2002 – Mon 29.07.2002
Daily 10:00 AM - 07:00 PM, Wednesdays until 09:00 PM
Exhibition poster

Exhibition poster: Walter Pichler. House Next to the Smithy
© Architekturzentrum Wien, graphic design: LIGA: graphic design

Opening: Wednesday May 15, 2002, 07:00 P.M.

Walter Pichler, one of the internationally most renowned Austrian artists, has been working on the borderline between sculpture and architecture since the 1960s. Exemplary for his work is the village of St. Martin in Burgenland, where Pichler has been working on his own individual world of objects since 1972: alongside his own house and studio he has completed a series of habitations for his sculptures.

Now he has completed a building not intended for either his own or his sculptures’ use, a 56m2 one-room house for his cousin. The position of the free-standing building relates directly to the old forge of his uncle’s, the South Tyrolean blacksmith Eugen Pichler, situated directly on the road. The old smithy plays an essential role in Walter Pichler’s artistic biography.

“The House Next To The Smithy is the result of memories, family relationships and a journey back in time, in a phrase: a rather sentimental undertaking.”
Walter Pichler

The project and its realisation is being presented for the first time at the Architekturzentrum Wien. The exhibition provides the visitor with an insight into the spatial dimensions of the house concerned and the intrinsic quality of the design on the basis of drawings and photographs that analyse the thematic manifestation of the building in an almost 1:1 narrative interpretation.

Opening address: Hannes Pflaum
On the exhibition: Dietmar M. Steiner

Guided tours of the exhibition:
Saturday, May 18, 2002, 2:00 P.M.
Saturday, June 1, 2002, 2:00 P.M.
Saturday, June 15, 2002, 2:00 P.M.
Saturday, June 29, 2002, 2:00 P.M.
Saturday, July 13, 2002 , 2:00 P.M.
Saturday, July 27, 2002, 2:00 P.M.

Thursday, June 27, 2002, 6:00 P.M, guided tour for Az W-Partners

Supported by:
Geschäftsgruppe Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr, Stadt Wien
Wien Kultur
Kunst Bundeskanzleramt
Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur
Arch+Ing, W, NÖ, B

UNIQA Versicherungen AG
Zumtobel Staff Österreich Vertriebs-GmbH

Ticket Partnership:
As an institution the Architekturzentrum Wien has always made every effort to support a public with an interdisciplinary approach. Accordingly, a co-operation has been established to make special reductions available on tickets to exhibitions held at the Vienna Technical Museum:.

Technisches Museum Wien
Mariahilfer Strasse 212
A-1140 Vienna

Margherita Spiluttini
“Beyond Nature. Constructions of Landscape”
March 22, 2002 – September 22, 2002
Mon – Sat 9:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M., Thu 9:00 A.M. – 08:00 P.M.
Sun 10:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M.


Walter Pichler

1936 born in Deutschnofen, South Tyrol
1952-1955 Innsbruck vocational college
1955-1959 Studied graphic design at the College of Applied Art in Vienna
1959 The first sculptures
1960 A year in Paris
1962 Begin of collaboration with Hans Hollein
1963 Exhibition in collaboration with Hans Hollein: “Architektur” at the Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, travels to New York, Mexico; works for the publishing house Residenz Verlag as a graphic designer
1965 Designer and editor of the architecture magazine “Bau” in collaboration with S. Dimitriou, G. Feuerstein, H. Hollein and G. Peichl (until 1967)
1966 Development of the “Galaxy” aluminium chair for Swoboda
1967 Exhibition: “Visionary Architecture” at the MoMA in New York (with Hans Hollein and Raimund Abraham)
1968 Participation at the Documenta IV, Cassel
1971 Exhibition of works at the Museum Des 20. Jahrhunderts
1972 Purchase of a farmyard in St. Martin (Burgenland), since when he has been working on the conversion and extension of buildings for his sculptures as well as having participatied in numerous exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
“Drawings, Sculpture, Architecture”, Barbara Gladstone Gallery

“Walter Pichler: Zeichnungen” Galerie Ulysses, Vienna
“Walter Pichler: Skulpturen, Zeichnungen”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (cat,)
“Pichler: Prototype 1966-1975”, Generali Foundation, Vienna (cat.)

“Joseph Beuys, Walter Pichler: Zeichnungen”, Gerhard Marcks-Haus, Bremen; Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Berlin; Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim (cat.)

Galerie Museum, Bozen – Italy

“Walter Pichler: Der Grosse und der Kleine Wagen”, Stadtraum Remise, Vienna (cat.)

“Walter Pichler: Skulptur”, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna (cat.)

“Walter Pichler: das Türmchen”, Galerie Krinzinger, Innsbruck (cat.)

“Walter Pichler – Skulpturen, Zeichnungen, Modelle”, Städtische Galerie im Städelschen Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt (cat.)

“Bilder”, Galerie Ulysses, Vienna

Biennale di Venezia, Venice (cat.)

Galerie Klewan, Munich

Haus der Kunst, Munich
Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover (cat.)
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Kunsthalle, Tübingen

“Skulpturen, Planen, Zeichnungen”, Galerie Shapira & Beck, Vienna (cat.)
“Walter Pichler: Zeichnungen von 1961 bis 1975”, Galerie Heike Kurtze, Vienna (cat.)

“Projects”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Galerie Grünangergasse, Vienna

“111 Zeichnungen”, Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna (cat.)
Galerie Buchholz, Munich

“Walter Pichler”, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
“Walter Pichler”, Galerie im Taxis-Palais, Innsbruck

Kunsterverein Kassel, Kassel
“Pichler: Zeichnungen”, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna
“Walter Pichler”, Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna (cat.)

“Österreichs Stolz”, (with Christian Ludwig Attersee) Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna (cat.)
Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf (cat.)
“Projekt: Schlafsaal von Walter Pichler”, Kunstmarkt, Cologne (cat.)

“7 Prototypes”, Galerie im Taxis – Palais, Innsbruck (cat.)
“Kulturtage Kapfenberg”, Kapfenberg (with Hans Hollein)
“8 Prototypes”, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna (cat.)
“Visionary Architecture”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (with Hans Hollein and Raimund Abraham)

“Architektur” (with Hans Hollein), Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna (cat.)

Group Exhibitions
“Wunschmaschine Welterfindung”, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (cat.)
“Visionäre Architektur in Österreich”, International Architecture Exhibition – Biennale di Venezia, Venice (cat.)

“Werkstatt Kollerschlag”, Galerie im Taxis-Palais, Innsbruck

“Österreichisches Künstler der Gegenwart”, Galerie im Taxis-Palais, Innsbruck (cat.)

“Rennweg”, Castello di Rivoli, Turin und Nationalbankbibliothek, Madrid (cat.)

Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

“Documenta 6”, Kassel (cat.)

“The Austrian Exhibition”, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh (cat.)
“Zeichnungen der Österreichischen Avantgarde”, Galerie im Taxis-Palais, Innsbruck; further stations of the exhibition: Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz; Galerie Stampa, Basel; Bundner Kunsthaus, Chur; Städtisches Museum Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen; Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum, Graz; Austrian Cultural Institute, New York (cat.)

“14 x 14”, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden (cat,)
“Surrealismus ohne Surrealisten. Kunstler ohne Kunst”, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna; Galerie im Taxis-Palais, Innsbruck (cat.)
“Künstler um die Galerie Nächst St. Stephan Wien”, Galerie Seebacher, Nuziders.

“Galerie Nächst St. Stephan”, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz (cat.)
“Neue Dimensionen der Plastik in Österreich”, Galerie im Taxis-Palais, Innsbruck (cat.)
“4. Documenta”, Kassel, (cat.)
“Super-Design”, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna (cat.)

“Graphik International”, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna
“Biennale des Jeunes”, Paris
“Accrochage 68”, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna

Selection 66″, Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Vienna (cat.)
“Weihnachtsausstellung”, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna (cat.)


2wice about Walter Pichler

Walter Pichler at the Barbara Gladstone Gallery