Instawalking through a Mile of Art in Krems

Last Sunday I made a special day trip  to Krems, less than an hour from Vienna, thanks to an Instawalk opportunity with Instagramers Austria.  We spent a great day exploring the various exhibition spaces of the Kunsthalle Krems and the Forum Frohner. Kunsthalle Krems The Kunsthalle Krems-Stein in Stein an der Donau (municipality of Krems) … More Instawalking through a Mile of Art in Krems

A Viennese Paradise at the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts

Anton Hartinger was a Viennese flower painter of the 19th century.  Until 26 August 2018 you can see a (small) selection of his many flower and plant illustrations at the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts.  Hartinger was a prolific painter, he produced almost 900 botanical illustrations.  On view here are some watercolor paintings … More A Viennese Paradise at the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts

Abstracting nature – variations on a photographic theme

Something a little different today.  Last Saturday, in glaring sunshine, I participated in a thematic photo walk along the Donaukanal near Kunsthaus Wien – Museum Hundertwasser.  From time to time the museum offers photo walks based on themes in their current exhibitions.  “Some Plant Volatiles” by Hamburg-based photographer Jochen Lempert provided the foundation for Saturday´s … More Abstracting nature – variations on a photographic theme

Observing collectors of the exotic

Missionaries – mercenaries – ethnographers – tourists… One might say that collecting things is a basic human urge.  Some people collect clocks,  antique books, vintage clothing, rubber ducks, bottle tops, even umbrella sleeves (!) – you name it, somebody will surely be collecting it.   (I personally admit to an out-of-control collection of (artificial) birds … More Observing collectors of the exotic

Art in the aftermath of war – a special angle on two current exhibitions at the Belvedere

Last Friday I finally had the chance to attend an expert tour at the Belvedere again.  The Belvedere has an outstanding programme of guided tours by curators and historians, and I try to go as often as I can (which, given my schedule lately, is less often than I would like). The excellent art history … More Art in the aftermath of war – a special angle on two current exhibitions at the Belvedere

Monstrous machines and biting dogs – Keith Haring´s Alphabet at the Albertina

Keith Haring is perhaps best known for his funky cartoons of happy babies with halos and line drawings of Mickey Mouse look-alikes.  At first glance his use of garish colours and popping black silhouettes gives the impression of a happy cartoon world.  What you can buy on buttons and T-shirts are often his happier motifs.   … More Monstrous machines and biting dogs – Keith Haring´s Alphabet at the Albertina

Going wild at the Leopold Museum

Wow!  The Heidi Horten Collection exhibition at the Leopold Museum is aptly named.  It really is superb.   Last week  @igersaustria.at organized a special photo tour of the exhibit.  What an impressive private collection!   One really has to be grateful to Heidi Goëss-Horten for making such masterpieces available for public viewing for the first time. … More Going wild at the Leopold Museum