Oskar Strnad

1879 - 1935

Strnad, Oskar, b. Vienna, Oct. 26, 1879, d. Bad Aussee (Styria), Sept. 3, 1935, architect, stage designer, craftsman, designer.

1909-1935 teacher at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts (Kunstgewerbeschule) ; 1918-1920 designed sketches for theatres-in-the-round, 1923 realisation of the "Drei-Szenen-Theater" (stage divided into 3 parts; circular auditorium); from 1919 stage designer of the Vienna Volkstheater, 1923-1935 worked with M. (see) Reinhardt; produced operas with B. (see) Walter; interior designer for films ("Maskerade", "Episode"), teacher of R. Obsieger and O. (see) Niedermoser.

Works: several residential houses in Vienna and Lower Austria; semi-detached house in the Werkbundsiedlung (housing estate), 1932; block of flats (Volkswohnhaus, Holochergasse) in the 15th district of Vienna, 1932; soldiers´ graves and war memorials, stage settings and costumes (77 designs owned by the Österreichisches Theatermuseum in Vienna). Literature: M. Eisler, O. S. Mit ausgewählten Schriften des Künstlers, 1936; J. Gregor, O. S. Sein Vermächtnis an das Theater, 1949; J. Stoklaska, O. S., doctoral thesis, Vienna 1960; O. Niedermoser, O. S., 1965; Der Architekt O. S. Zum 100. Geburtstag, 1979.

Foto: Karolinsky-Archive