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Gustav Peichl (91) is dead: the star architect and draftsman "Ironimus" has died

19.11.2019, 09:52

Gustav Peichl 2014 during a visit to the Vienna City Hall. Image: imago / SKATA images / news about the news

Gustav Peichl died at the age of 91. The Austrian has made himself known as an author and book architect. As "Ironimus", he drew cartoons for several decades. He leaves two sons.

Gustav Peichl died at the age of 91. This is particularly reported by the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", for which the Austrian drew cartoons under his pseudonym "Ironimus". Peichl was also active as an architect and author. He died Sunday in his hometown of Vienna after a brief illness, as his son Markus confirmed on Monday at the German news agency.

Gustav Peichl is dead: an Austrian architect has died at the age of 91

Peichl studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts from Vienna until 1953 and then opened his own architecture office. In Austria, he made his name by building six ORF studios, including the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn and the crèche of the German Bundestag in Berlin are some of his best-known works. The characteristic of Peichls buildings is the use of apparent concrete. "As a representative of the modern classic, Peichl pursued a technical aesthetic, classical proportions, wit and sensuality," he said in a message from the family.

The designer "Ironimus" Gustav Peichl is deceased

From 1954 he worked as a caricaturist for various media and published more than a hundred books. "Drawing is an outlet for me, it saves the psychiatrist, so to speak," he said. To protect himself from the threats of the state, he chooses his pseudonym "Ironimus". Four years ago, he retired as a draftsman. As his family has said, he has published more than 12,000 caricatures and 3,000 caricatures over the past seven decades. He has also published more than 120 books. Peichl, who lived in Vienna until the end, is married and his wife died in 2013. He leaves two sons.

Politicians say goodbye to Gustav Peichl

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen paid tribute to Peichl on Monday as an Austrian personality trainer. "He always commented on the news and was a vigilant voice that combined both modernity and tradition," says Van der Bellen on Twitter. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Culture, Alexander Schallenberg, explained that "Austria is losing not only a pioneering architect, but also a critical observer of our society". For the director of Albertina, Klaus Albrecht Schröder Peichl was a "great genius of intellectual life and history of architecture".

Get Gustav Peichl's book "Ironimus: Caricatures of Seven Decades" here

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