A noisy orchestra of colours: Bosch & Banisadr

Ali Banisadr speaks of the fantastic colourful figures that populate his canvases as if they were independent beings, born into his creative world out of a chaotic cacophony of sound and colour that slowly comes together as a symphony.  It is not often that I get to meet an important contemporary artist, and I feel … More A noisy orchestra of colours: Bosch & Banisadr

Istanbul´s streets through the eyes of Ara Güler

If, like me, you are into classic street photography, the exhibition “Istanbul´s Eye” (das Auge Istanbuls)  at the Leica Store near the Vienna opera is for you.  Until 24 August you can visit their upstairs gallery and look at a selection of photographs by the famous Armenian-Turkish photographer Ara Güler.   Admittedly I had not heard … More Istanbul´s streets through the eyes of Ara Güler

Fridays for Future

Time for a pro-nature conservation rant (after all, my VienNature Culturegram has the word “nature” in it, and I´ve been neglecting that part a bit). “Species have always gone extinct”.  “The earth´s climate has changed many times before”.  This and other unscientific global warming and climate change myths  are commonly spouted by the uninformed and … More Fridays for Future

Street art goes museum

The Wien Museum´s central location on Karlsplatz has now been emptied out in preparation or extensive renovation and reconstruction works that will start this fall.  Meanwhile though, the museum curators Karina Karadensky and Christine Koblitz had the excellent idea to make the walls of the museum available for street artists, who have painted all rooms … More Street art goes museum

This is important

The impressive portraits by the German-Italian photographer Luigi Toscano of surviving victims of Nazi atrocities on Vienna’s Ringstrasse were damaged three times during their showing in Vienna.   In these pictures Luigi Toscano confronts us with large-scale versions of the faces of contemporary witnesses, survivors of the Holocaust, with eyes that look directly at you, serious … More This is important