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Othmar Schimkowitz, Musenhaus, Medaillonshaus, Linke Wienzeile 38, Otto Wagner, Vienna Modernism, Wiener Moderne, Wien, Vienna, Oesterreich, Austria, fotoeins.com

My Vienna: Triple Schimkowitz

Above/featured: Musenhaus (Muse House), Linke Wienzeile in Vienna – 18 May 2018.

Early 20th-century European artist Othmar Schimkowitz was one of many key figures in Vienna Modernism, an art movement which celebrated its centennial in 2018 in the Austrian capital city. Schimkowitz was born in Hungary and became well-known in Vienna for his architectural sculptures. In 1898, he joined the (Vienna) Secession, a group of artists which included Josef Hoffmann, Gustav Klimt, Max Kurzweil, Carl Moll, Koloman Moser, and Joseph Maria Olbrich.

Sculptures by Schimkowitz are often seen in a variety of architectural creations by Otto Wagner. Here below are three Schimkowitz examples in Vienna; all are accessible with public transit from Wiener Linien (WL) transport authority.


Austria Post Savings Bank

A gorgeous angel almost leaps out into your line of sight in morning light, if you look up from Georg-Coch Plaza in central Vienna. Two sculptural angels by Schimkowitz are on the roof of the Austrian Post Savings Bank (Österreichische Postsparkasse), completed in 1912 and considered an architectural masterpiece by Otto Wagner.

WL: U-Bahn U3 to Stubentor; U-Bahn U3 or U4, to Landstrasse.

Österreichische Postsparkasse, Austria Post Savings Bank, Otto Wagner, Vienna Modernism, Wiener Moderne, Wien, Vienna, Oesterrich, Austria, fotoeins.com

Check out the roofline of the Austria Post Savings Bank – 18 May 2018 (IG).

Othmar Schimkowitz angel, sculpture, Austria Post Savings Bank, Oesterreichische Postsparkasse, Otto Wagner, Wiener Moderne, Vienna Modernism, Vienna, Wien, Oesterreich, Austria, fotoeins.com

Angel by Schimkowitz on the roof of the bank – 18 May 2018 (IG).


Muse House (Medallion House)

Across from Vienna’s famous Naschmarkt on the north side of Linke Wienzeile street are leading examples of Otto Wagner architecture in the city. Completed in 1898 were he Majolica House and the Muse House; the latter is known also as Medallion House for the golden medallions with muses’ heads on the building’s front facade. At the corners of the roofline of the Muse House are Schimkowitz statues called “Die Ruferin”, or The Shouters.

WL: U-Bahn U4 to Kettenbrückengasse.

Musenhaus, Linke Wienzeile 38, Majolikahaus, Linke Wienzeile 40, Otto Wagner, Vienna Modernism, Wiener Moderne, Wien, Vienna, Oesterreich, Austria, fotoeins.com

Check out the roofline of the Muse/Medallion House – 18 May 2018.

Die Ruferin, The Caller, Othmar Schimkowitz, sculpture, Musenhaus, Muse House, Medaillonshaus, Otto Wagner, Wiener Moderne, Vienna Modernism, Vienna, Wien, Oesterreich, Austria, fotoeins.com

One example of Schimkowitz’s “The Shouter” on the Musenhaus roof – 18 May 2018 (IG).


Steinhof Church

Designed and built by Otto Wagner, the Steinhof Church was inaugurated in 1907 for the patients of the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital, which is now the Klinik Penzing complex. Schimkowitz provided four angel sculptures standing over the building’s front entrance. With additional contributions by fellow artists Koloman Moser and Richard Luksch, the Steinhof Church is considered a masterpiece of modern early 20th-century architecture by Wagner.

WL: U-Bahn U4 to Unter St. Veit, then bus 47A to stop “Flötzersteig”.

Kirche am Steinhof, Steinhof Church, Church of St. Leopold, Otto Wagner Spital, Baumgartner Hoehe, Otto Wagner, Vienna Modernism, Wiener Moderne, Wien, Vienna, Oesterrich, Austria, fotoeins.com

Check out the decorative elements on the church’s front facade – 18 May 2018 (IG).

Kirche am Steinhof, Steinhof Church, Church of St. Leopold, Otto Wagner Spital, Baumgartner Hoehe, Otto Wagner, Vienna Modernism, Wiener Moderne, Wien, Vienna, Oesterrich, Austria, fotoeins.com

Angel sculpture by Schimkowitz over the church’s front entrance – 18 May 2018 (IG).


I made all photos above on 18 May 2018 with a Canon EOS6D mark1. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-ggV.

3 Responses to “My Vienna: Triple Schimkowitz”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Cornelia. I think there’s a certain kind of “age-old classic turn-of-the-century mystery” to these three Schimkowitz sculptures: the reasons why Wagner wanted these sculptures for his buildings, the choices Schimkowitz made for the figures as sculptures, and the reasons for the sculptures’ expressions on their faces.

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