Emil Pirchan (1884–1957) was a pioneer of stage design in the style of expressionism, as well as a creative poster designer who achieved significant success in the highly competitive field of advertising art. He was also a dresser, designer, book illustrator, author of several monographs of artists, novelist and teacher.
The son of an academic artist born in Brunn (modern Brno), studied architecture in Vienna under the guidance of Otto Wagner. After a short period in his hometown, he moved to Munich in 1908, where he opened a "studio for graphic design, stage art, house building, spatial and applied art."
This talented artist was able to demonstrate his work in later places of activity in Berlin (1921–1932), Prague (1932–1936) and Vienna (1936–1957). Always full of surprises, he created a futuristic, it would seem, mechanical design for a theater building in South America in 1930, which was never completed. A multi-level stage - a milestone in contemporary stage design, known as the "Jessner's Ladder" - would have been unthinkable without the participation of Pirchan.
Exhibition "Emil Pirchan. Universal artist"includes furniture, stage and costume designs, architectural models, posters, book illustrations and marble paper samples created using his own processes.