Hans Riehl (1891-1965)

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Hans Riehl (1891-1965).

  • Profession: Economist, sociologist, historian.
  • Residences: 
  • Relation to Mahler: Friend of Natalie Bauer-Lechner (1858-1921) with whom she collaborated at a later age on an edition of her ‘Memories of Gustav Mahler’. This edition was not produced.
  • Correspondence with Mahler: 
  • Born: 07-06-1891 Neustadt, Vienna, Austria
  • Died: 05-06-1965 Graz 
  • Buried: 00-00-0000 St. Leonhard cemetery, Graz.

Hans Karl Anton Riehl was an Austrian economist, sociologist and art historian. As a student of Othmar Spann, he taught at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz and the TU Graz, among others, but never received a full professorship. In 1941 he founded the Neue Galerie Graz at the Landesmuseum Joanneum. He also used the pseudonyms Hans Richter and Wigand von Wolfsberg.

After attending school in Wiener Neustadt, Riehl studied, among other things, philosophy, legal history, art history and archeology at the University of Vienna; interrupted by military service in the First World War. Riehl received his doctorate in social sciences in 1923 and a doctorate in philosophy in 1928. He also taught at a trade academy in Vienna. In Graz he habilitated in 1928 in the subject of social studies with a work on Johann Gottlieb Fichte.

In 1929/30, Riehl was head of propaganda for the Federal Association of Austrian Home Guardians in Vienna and also published in the publishing house of the Styrian Homeland Security in Graz. In the following years, Riehl received several short-term teaching assignments, including: a. at the Montanistic University of Applied Sciences Leoben. From 1935, he was the son-in-law of Anton Apold, the general manager of the Alpine Montan Society, through marriage to his daughter Hanna. Joined the NSDAP in May 1938, Riehl became an associate professor of social studies in Graz in 1938.

In 1941, Hans Riehl founded the Neue Galerie Graz at the Landesmuseum Joanneum in Palais Herberstein in Graz, of which he remained until 1955. Riehl was also an honorary lecturer for art history at the Technical University. Suspended from service in 1946, his venia legendi was restricted to the sociology of art. As a private lecturer, he lectured at TU Graz and the University of Graz until his death.


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