MAK – Museum for Applied Art, Vienna (AT), 20.11.2019–17.5.2020
Opening: Tuesday, 19.11.2019, 7 p.m.
Otto Prutscher (1880–1949) was a designer and architect, teacher, and member of all the important Austrian arts and crafts movements—from the Secession to the Werkbund.
He was one of the first students of the School of Arts and Crafts in Vienna. 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 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 manufactories 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 ath the MAK in Vienna was inspired by the collector Hermi Schedlmayer’s generous gift of 139 designs, objects, and furniture by this universal designer.
The lavishly designed publication on Otto Prutscher appeared in our programme.