Architect Otto Eisler – between “Loos’ traditionalism and Gropius’ modernism”

This summer, 120 years have passed since the birth and 45 since the death of architect Otto Eisler (1 June 1893, Bystřice nad Pernštejnem – 27 July 1968, Brno). Otto Eisler’s works stand between “Loos’ traditionalism and Gropius’ modernism”. Otto Eisler was also a friend of Adolf Loos and he worked for Walter Gropius. The reception of Eisler’s works can be particularly followed in German-speaking press of the mid-war period and then after 1989 thanks to articles by professors Vladimír Šlapeta, Jiří Kroupa and Petr Pelčák. 

Otto Eisler belonged to those Brno-based architects whose works were being published by foreign professional periodicals. He had his own architectural bureau in Brno and closely cooperated with his brothers Arthur and Moritz who owned a building company and Hugo who owned a timber mill. The building company of the Eisler brothers carried out commissions of several important Brno architects (e.g. Morava Palace by Ernst Wiesner, Avion Hotel by Bohuslav Fuchs, Villa Tugendhat by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe). Based on Otto Eisler’s designs, the family company built tenant houses and villas characteristic by their pure elegance, quality material and interesting details. 

Architectural works and the all-round personality of the art and nature lover Otto Eisler will be presented by prof. Petr Pelčák, who edited the only monograph devoted to this architect in 1998.

Professor Petr Pelčák is an architect active in his own bureau and also at the Faculty of Architecture of Brno Technical University. 

The lecture takes place on Monday 9 December 2013 at 5 p.m. in the technical basement of Villa Tugendhat (A tour of the villa is not included).

Entrance fee: CZK 100,- ; students and seniors CZK 50,-.

You can download the poster for the lecture here.