The list of artists and other celebrities who frequently
visited the Grundlsee or decided to live there is endless.
Burgtheater-actor Ludwig Gabillon bought the "Thomaseppngütel"
in Bräuhof in 1875.
Later on he added another wooden house. His property became
the meeting point for the artists around the Grundlsee.He
soon attracted many more Burgtheater-actors, the majority
of them used to stay at the
"Gasthof Schraml" or in several local farmhouses,
but still the Gabillonhouse was the undisputed centre for
cultural personalities. In its guest book you can find entries
from Hans Makart, Max Deorient, Fanny Elsser, Hallenstein,
Ernst and Helene Hartman,Josef Levinsky,Reiners,Hermann Schoene,Katharina
Schratt, Adolf Sonnenthal, Hugo Thimig, Charlotte Wolter,
Fux and Julius of Blaas,Viktor Tilgner, Alfred von Berger,
Doezi, Karoline von Gomperz
and many more.
and many more.
to remark, that today, the "Gabillonhaus" again
belongs to a representative of the Burgtheater. Prof. Romuald
Pekny and his wife acquired the beautiful property a couple
of years ago and during summer it becomes THE cultural meeting
point, just like it used to be.
The guest-lists of Grundlsee show as well, that the little
country-town is still an extremly popular holiday destination
for actors and artists.
In 1956 the
famous movie-actor Paul Dahlke and his wife Elfe
Gerhart bought the so-called "Hellervilla" close
to the "Gabillonhaus". Both of them made a lot of
publicity for the Grundlsee. After
Paul Dahlke passed away, he got buried at the little mountain
cemetery in Grundlsee. His widow is not only a well-know actress,
but also an excellent painter as well as sculptor. Her works
can be seen in her villa at the lake.
(1880-1924) and his family (industrialists from Vienna) spent
their summer-holidays at the Grundlsee throughout decades.
Among other things Konrad Mautner become famous far beyond
The frontiers of our country with works like "Das steyrische
Raspelwerck" and many more.
In the 30ies
Viktor Hammer (1882 Vienna -1968 Aurora,USA) was Running
a painting school in the so-called "Hammerhaus"
in Archkogel. On of his students was the famous painter Emmerich
who's well known for his magnificent landscape paintings of
areas around the Grundlsee.
Victor Hammer himself was a friend of Konrad Mautner and a
splendid portraitist, illustrator and architect.
Volz (1901-1984), famous Dutch painter and graphic artist
bought the beautiful "Stoeckelhansn Gütl" (Bräuhof
21). He moved in 1959 with his second wife Charlotte, after
his parents, his first wife and their three children died
during Japanese war-captivity in the 2nd world-war.
Dietrich Heinrich Volz lived in the "Ciccimarra Haus"
until his death. About one year later, when his wife died
as well, their children sold the house.
Johann Mayer (3.9.1914) was born in Grundlsee and still
lives here. After he attended primary school for eight years,
he became student at the educational establishment for wood-working
in Hallstadt, moved on to the school of applied arts in Vienna
and finished his final-exams at the academy in 1942. He's
been working as a professional wood and stone sculptor since
then. Together with Dr. Herbert Seiberl, he got involved into
restoring altars (among other things in Waldburg and Gebertsham).
Mayer's countless profane and spiritual works are spread all
over the world.
On the 26.July
Hans Kobinger, the "painter of Grundlsee",
was born in Linz as third of three children.
He showed a lot of artistic talent during his school days,
attended the art-school of Matthias May and re met up regularly
with other artists at the "Club Grille" leaded by
A severe accident in 1928 ended his career as an administrator
(which he started straight after finishing grammar school),
but caused the start of an artistic career at the same time.
After spending a couple of
years abroad (e.g. in Italy, Gemany and Dalmatien) he moved
to Grundlsee (Archkogel 53,Zlaim) with his second wife Eva
Kirstein-Josupeit, where he lived until his death on the 25.1.1974.
Among other things his works were rewarded with the "silver
decoration of the republic Austria". Hans Kobinger is
buried next to his wife on the cemetery in Grundlsee.
During the 2nd
world war, the famous sculptor Prof. Robert Ullman used to
live in Grundlsee.
At this moment
in time, we shouldn't forget about remarkable people from
like Anton Otter, farmer, born in 1833 (died in 1904).
He was a very well read person, he taught himself how to write
and read when he was only ten. Lots of people used to see
him for legal-advise and writing petitions for them. In 1897
he founded the social-democratic party in Grundlsee,
together with five of his friends. He was a passionate beekeeper
and invented a watering place for bees, which got rewarded
with the "honorary bronze medal of the council of culture".