Klaus Pichler

Born in 1977 in Vienna. Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

© Klaus Pichler,  Skeleton in the Closet .

© Klaus Pichler, Skeleton in the Closet.

© Klaus Pichler

© Klaus Pichler


After Klaus Pichler finished his Landscape Architecture studies at the University of Life Sciences, in Vienna, he decided to become a photographer. Since 2005, he is creating personal projects covering different topics, always being inspired by the hidden aspects of everyday life.

His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in locations including Berlin, Brussels, Rome, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Barcelona, among others. Several books with his photos has been published: Fürs leben gezeichnet (2011), Feste feiern (2002), Skeletons in the Closet (2013), One Third (2013), Just the Two of Us (2014), Dust (2015), Golden Days Before, They End (2016) and This Will Change Your Life Forever (2017).

Klaus Pichler captured with humor the interaction between the animals in the spaces behind the scenes of the Museum of Natural History.

The series Skeletons in the Closet started when Klaus Pichler glimpsed one night in a basement of the Museum of Natural History of Vienna. He saw an office with a desk, a computer, shelves, and a stuffed antelope. This experience left him wondering: what does a museum look like behind the scenes? How are exhibits stored when they are not on display? Intrigued by these questions he started to work on this project after being granted permission to take photographs in the museum.

He focused on the less well-known departments of the museum and their contents. Spaces behind the scenes such as depots, cellars, and storage rooms which are generally not accessible to the public. He found an impressive array of still lives in the museum’s back rooms. Full of life, but dead nonetheless.