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Poster stamp for Die Brücke, Munich, c. 1911

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Estate of Emil Pirchan,
Steffan/Pabst Collection,
Color lithograph on paper
5.6×4 cm


  • Emil Pirchan

    (Brno 1884–1957 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Between 1911 and 1913 Emil Pirchan (1884–1957) placed his expertise as a graphic designer and architect at the disposal of the association Die Brücke [The Bridge], co-founded by the Nobel laureate for chemistry and Esperantist Wilhelm Ostwald (1853–1932). In the short period of its existence, this “Institute for the Organization of Intellectual Work” aimed to build a world registry to organize the cumulative knowledge of mankind. Like an analogous precursor to the internet, the data and information contained in this world registry was to be accessible at any time. In the medium term, the Brücke participants also wanted to put a world language and world currency into circulation. They further intended to create a uniform world format for printed material – a forerunner of today’s DIN formats. Pirchan furnished graphic solutions for this project as well as for theoretical publications. The association’s omnipresent signet – which was highly recognizable both in the versions with and without the rising sun under the eponymous bridge – was also designed by Pirchan.

Object data

  • Emil Pirchan
Poster stamp for Die Brücke
Munich, c. 1911
Graphic work
Color lithograph on paper
5.6×4 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6444, donation Collection Steffan/Pabst
Inventory access
Accession 2019 2020

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Emil Pirchan, Zürich (1957);
Dr. Beat Steffan, Zürich (um 2010-2020); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2020). (2)

  1. Bild / Ruhrgebiet vom 22.02.2019: Große Pirchan-Austellung in Essen. Dieser Kunstschatz lag auf dem Dachboden, (Abruf: 16.05.2022)
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schenkungsvertrag vom 06.02.2020 und Übergabebestätigung vom 10.06.2020

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