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Lot No. 10


A pair of rare "Galaxy 1" armchairs, designed by Walter Pichler,


1966, for R. Svoboda & Co, Austria, naturally anodised and satin polished aluminium sheet, spring supported seat (Citroen 2CV seat springs), the cushion covered with black leather, height 69 cm, depth 86 cm, width 92 cm, height of seat 39 cm. (DRAX)

Original condition. Not more than altogether 50 chairs were produced in various makings.

Provenance: private collection, Vienna

First presented at the Vienna Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in 1966 within the framework of the exhibition "Selection 66".

Lit.: Produktkatalog Galaxy 1, R. Svoboda & Co, Wien 5/1967/1011 - md. möbel interieur design, 10/1967/1017 - md. möbel interieur design, 2/1968/156 - Arnulf Rainer, Museum des 20. Jahr-hunderts Schweizergarten, Wien 1968, cover foto - Interview mit Walter Pichler, in: Umriss, 1/1985, S. 25-34 - G. Koller, Die Radikalisierung der Phantasie. Design aus Österreich, Salzburg 1987, pp. 211/12 - Ph. Garner, Sixties Design, Cologne 1996, p. 122 - Ch. & P. Fiell, 1000 Chairs, Cologne 1997, p. 418 - S. Breitwieser, Pichler. Prototypen 1966-69, Wien 1998, S. 173-181, S. 196/197 - Ch. Skrein, 68. künstler legenden fotografien, Wien 2001, Abb. S. 18/19, S. 122, S. 100/101.

Walter Pichler’s "Galaxy"
In its aesthetics and conceptual approach, Walter Pichler’s "Galaxy" design, which was inspired by space flight and the aircraft industry, goes far beyond the sixties’ space age: an unconventional piece of aluminium furniture, it seems to float above the floor, while the large holes in its perforated sides and back recall the lightweight constructions of aeroplanes and space rockets - even the rivets directly derive from aviation technology. For the joints of the frame and the rubber-supported suspension of the seats, the Citroën 2CV was referred to as a model.
In 1967, during the third edition of Jochen Rindt’s Racing Car Show, an annual display of the speediest cars of the previous season, Peter Noever, who had motivated the artist to tackle the project, and Walter Pichler himself presented their piece of furniture in a specially conceived stall. A mannequin holding a car bonnet on her lap was seated in the chair. Pichler commented upon the event: "We took a stall, just like the automobile manufacturers. We deliberately chose a context removed from art and galleries and presented the chair as if it were a racing car." The periodical md stated euphorically: "The soundscape consisted of ‘psychedelic music’ freshly imported from London and San Francisco. If racing cars could talk, they would report about their astonishment!"
Walter Pichler was then already a shooting star of the art scene. In 1967 he participated in the exhibition Visionary Architecture at New York’s Museum of Modern Art together with Hans Hollein and Raimund Abraham. The Futurist "Galaxy" model immediately caused a furore. It was also shown in the Austrian pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal. Documenta 4 presented a selection of "prototypes", by which Pichler foresaw a world governed by media consumption.
Pichler would remain affiliated with architecture and architects throughout his life. In the eyes of the artist, who saw no boundaries between architecture and sculpture, the chair was a sculpture that could be sat on. It was tried out by a number of celebrities, such as by Alexey Leonov, the first man in space, who attended the space conference UNISPACE 1968 together with Arthur C. Clarke, the co-author of Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey; or by "overpainter" Arnulf Rainer, who had himself photographed that same year with an expressively painted face while posing in the "Galaxy 1" for the cover of the catalogue accompanying his exhibition at the 20er Haus in Vienna.

additional pictures:
A group of four „Galaxy 1" armchairs and a coffee table
Alexey Leonov tried „Galaxy 1" at the first space-conference in Vienna in August 1968. © Achleitner Archiv, Architekturzentrum Wien
Walter Pichler, Gustav Peichel and Peter Noever with „Galaxy 1" chairs. © Archiv Peter Noever, Wien

Specialist: Dr. Gerti Draxler Dr. Gerti Draxler
+43-1-515 60-226

gerti.draxler@dorotheum.at

20.05.2015 - 18:00

Realized price: **
EUR 31,250.-
Estimate:
EUR 20,000.- to EUR 25,000.-

A pair of rare "Galaxy 1" armchairs, designed by Walter Pichler,


1966, for R. Svoboda & Co, Austria, naturally anodised and satin polished aluminium sheet, spring supported seat (Citroen 2CV seat springs), the cushion covered with black leather, height 69 cm, depth 86 cm, width 92 cm, height of seat 39 cm. (DRAX)

Original condition. Not more than altogether 50 chairs were produced in various makings.

Provenance: private collection, Vienna

First presented at the Vienna Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in 1966 within the framework of the exhibition "Selection 66".

Lit.: Produktkatalog Galaxy 1, R. Svoboda & Co, Wien 5/1967/1011 - md. möbel interieur design, 10/1967/1017 - md. möbel interieur design, 2/1968/156 - Arnulf Rainer, Museum des 20. Jahr-hunderts Schweizergarten, Wien 1968, cover foto - Interview mit Walter Pichler, in: Umriss, 1/1985, S. 25-34 - G. Koller, Die Radikalisierung der Phantasie. Design aus Österreich, Salzburg 1987, pp. 211/12 - Ph. Garner, Sixties Design, Cologne 1996, p. 122 - Ch. & P. Fiell, 1000 Chairs, Cologne 1997, p. 418 - S. Breitwieser, Pichler. Prototypen 1966-69, Wien 1998, S. 173-181, S. 196/197 - Ch. Skrein, 68. künstler legenden fotografien, Wien 2001, Abb. S. 18/19, S. 122, S. 100/101.

Walter Pichler’s "Galaxy"
In its aesthetics and conceptual approach, Walter Pichler’s "Galaxy" design, which was inspired by space flight and the aircraft industry, goes far beyond the sixties’ space age: an unconventional piece of aluminium furniture, it seems to float above the floor, while the large holes in its perforated sides and back recall the lightweight constructions of aeroplanes and space rockets - even the rivets directly derive from aviation technology. For the joints of the frame and the rubber-supported suspension of the seats, the Citroën 2CV was referred to as a model.
In 1967, during the third edition of Jochen Rindt’s Racing Car Show, an annual display of the speediest cars of the previous season, Peter Noever, who had motivated the artist to tackle the project, and Walter Pichler himself presented their piece of furniture in a specially conceived stall. A mannequin holding a car bonnet on her lap was seated in the chair. Pichler commented upon the event: "We took a stall, just like the automobile manufacturers. We deliberately chose a context removed from art and galleries and presented the chair as if it were a racing car." The periodical md stated euphorically: "The soundscape consisted of ‘psychedelic music’ freshly imported from London and San Francisco. If racing cars could talk, they would report about their astonishment!"
Walter Pichler was then already a shooting star of the art scene. In 1967 he participated in the exhibition Visionary Architecture at New York’s Museum of Modern Art together with Hans Hollein and Raimund Abraham. The Futurist "Galaxy" model immediately caused a furore. It was also shown in the Austrian pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal. Documenta 4 presented a selection of "prototypes", by which Pichler foresaw a world governed by media consumption.
Pichler would remain affiliated with architecture and architects throughout his life. In the eyes of the artist, who saw no boundaries between architecture and sculpture, the chair was a sculpture that could be sat on. It was tried out by a number of celebrities, such as by Alexey Leonov, the first man in space, who attended the space conference UNISPACE 1968 together with Arthur C. Clarke, the co-author of Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey; or by "overpainter" Arnulf Rainer, who had himself photographed that same year with an expressively painted face while posing in the "Galaxy 1" for the cover of the catalogue accompanying his exhibition at the 20er Haus in Vienna.

additional pictures:
A group of four „Galaxy 1" armchairs and a coffee table
Alexey Leonov tried „Galaxy 1" at the first space-conference in Vienna in August 1968. © Achleitner Archiv, Architekturzentrum Wien
Walter Pichler, Gustav Peichel and Peter Noever with „Galaxy 1" chairs. © Archiv Peter Noever, Wien

Specialist: Dr. Gerti Draxler Dr. Gerti Draxler
+43-1-515 60-226

gerti.draxler@dorotheum.at


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Auction: Design
Date: 20.05.2015 - 18:00
Location: Vienna | Palais Dorotheum
Exhibition: 13.05. - 20.05.2015


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