Encounters with Schiele in Tulln

Schiele attractions in Tulln

Schiele attractions in Tulln

Tulln invites its guests on a new themed tour for young people at the birthplace and on guided city tours, to creative stations and activities for the whole family. With these efforts, Tulln is consistently continuing to highlight its connections with Schiele: In 2013 the Schiele birthplace was redone to present the life of the young Egon Schiele vividly in the original rooms of his family’s apartment. In 2014 the Egon Schiele Trail through the city was officially opened. It sheds light on a wide variety of major stations and events from his childhood. The most famous favorite son of Tulln will also be able to be experienced all summer long in the monthly Schiele city tours, in the new Schiele Garden on the premises of GARTEN TULLN and in the Egon Schiele Museum on Donaulände.

Photo: Archive Leopold Museum, Vienna

New: Themed tour for children at Schiele birthplace

For this year, the city of Tulln has come up with a special educational program for children and young people at primary schools and lower secondary schools. A comic created especially for the birthplace guides young people through a themed tour of the life of the artist as a young boy. After garnering much praise for his graphic novel about the adult Egon Schiele, French cartoonist and comic illustrator Xavier Coste was won over to create this interactive comic. It goes through Egon Schiele’s life within individual thematic areas such as “Modern technology”, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” or “Rules and regulations” and is meant to be food for thought and to stimulate discussions. The young people choose a certain thematic area based on simple questions, so that each child can experience Egon Schiele’s life from a different angle. The idea and concept came from Schiele expert Christian Bauer and toikoi, an international office specializing in art education that already designed the birthplace.

Comic illustrator Xavier Coste
Xavier Coste was born in France in 1989. He studied the graphic arts in Paris and works as a cartoonist and comic illustrator for Le Monde Diplomatique or Hachette, among others. His graphic novel “Egon Schiele - Ein exzessives Leben” appeared in German at Knesebeck Verlag and was translated into several languages.

This project was supported with funds from NÖ Stadterneuerung and the province of Lower Austria.