15 Buildings for his 90th

Wed, 21.03.2018–Sun, 19.08.2018

MAK Works on Paper Room

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.

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.


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


Opening Hours

Tue 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Wed–Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Mon closed


€ 12 / reduced € 9
Free admission for children and teens under 19

Tuesdays 6–10 p.m. admission € 5
Family ticket € 15
(two adults and at least one minor child up to 14)

Vienna 1900-Combined Ticket
€ 20 / reduced € 16
valid for MAK and Leopold Museum

Guided Tours

MAK TOURS – every Saturday at 11 a.m. a tour through the MAK in German; every Sunday at noon in English.

Attendance fee: € 3,50 per person (1 h),  € 5  per person (1,5 h), except children up to 6 and holders of  “Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur-Pass”

Special and Group Tours

by advance booking
Gabriele Fabiankowitsch, Head of Educational Program and Guided Tours
T +43 1 711 36-298
(Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–4 p.m.),


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Elevator and toilets at the entrance Weiskirchnerstraße 3

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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