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Enough with politics! Cartoons from 1948 until 2018

In honour of the drawing legend’s 90th birthday, the exhibition shows new, as yet unpublished, cartoons from the period of his “retirement from retirement”.

The caricaturist IRONIMUS intensely contemplated and criticised the political events of the day for more than 60 years, before retiring at the end of 2014. In honour of his 90th birthday, the Caricature Museum Krems will exhibit his best non-political drawings for the first time: subtle cartoons and profound observations that play with the ambiguity of life and art and highlight the absurdity of small, everyday moments.

IRONIMUS, whose real name is Gustav Peichl, was born in Vienna in 1928. He already published his first drawings at 18 and worked as a caricaturist for the publications Die Presse, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Stern, Die Weltwoche and Vorarlberger Nachrichten for more than 60 years. With more than 12,000 cartoons, over 30 books and approximately 100 exhibitions under his belt, he has enjoyed an exemplary career. His ORF TV channel broadcasts Die Karikatur der Woche (The Caricature of the Week) and Der Jahresrückblick in der Karikatur (The Year in Caricature) reached an audience of millions. He was known as an architect under his given name. The construction of the ORF state studios in Graz, Innsbruck, St. Pölten and other locals, the extension of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, Bonn’s Bundeskunsthalle (Bonn Federal Art Gallery) and the Caricature Museum Krems are all examples of his work in the field of architecture.

The exhibition is curated by Gottfried Gusenbauer, the Caricature Museum Krems’ artistic director, and Markus Peichl, a gallery owner and IRONIMUS' son. It exhibits more than 50 drawings from the years 1948 to 2018, and includes new, previously unpublished pieces, which have only recently been created.

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