Majolica Magic

Yesterday was International Museum Day, so I am one day late with a museum post, but actually, every day is museum day, right? On Monday the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna had a very special evening: Notte della Maiolica Italiana – Night of Italian Majolica. Why Italian? Because for one, the ItalianContinue reading “Majolica Magic”

Renaissance Women at the KHM

At the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien you can currently still visit a very beautiful exhibition of luminous portraits of women dating back to the Renaissance, with works from several collections around the world. Titian´s Vision of Women is on only until 30 January 2022. I was lucky enough to be invited to see it before itContinue reading “Renaissance Women at the KHM”

When I know your soul – Modigliani

For just a few more days you have a chance to see the first large exhibition of this Italian painter/sculptor´s works at the Albertina Museum, together with selected pieces by some of his contemporaries, such as Pablo Picasso, André Derain, and the sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Their works are also juxtaposed by artifacts of prehistoric andContinue reading “When I know your soul – Modigliani”

A time of transition – The Age of Dürer

Currently at the Belvedere Museum there is a new exhibition of art from an often neglected period: the time of transition between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, when artists were beginning to develop new themes, beyond the exclusive focus on religious themes, and new techniques such as a move towards showing depth and perspective.Continue reading “A time of transition – The Age of Dürer”

Better times at the Belvedere

The Belvedere Museum is another favourite of mine, and so right after lockdown I visited the new exhibition at the Upper Belvedere, at a time when there were very few people so that I had rather privileged views of the exhibitions and also of the beautiful architecture. This place is very crowded when tourists areContinue reading “Better times at the Belvedere”

True lies by Xenia Hausner

Can lies be true? And are Xenia Hausner´s paintings lies? What they are most certainly is skillfully staged and composed images of a reality that we can at least imagine. A reality that for some people may be reminiscent of images they have seen in the news, or maybe things they have experienced. The AlbertinaContinue reading “True lies by Xenia Hausner”

An Ode to Joy: Beethoven Moves

It is never too late to be moved by Beethoven. Ludwig van Beethoven spent a good many years living in Vienna, where he died in 1827, and he was without a doubt one of the great representative of the First Viennese School of the Classical period. Beyond being a great composer, he was also aContinue reading “An Ode to Joy: Beethoven Moves”

Of corn and sacrifice

Before lockdown 2 in Vienna, which forced all our cultural institutions to close again this November, I managed to see the fascinating exhibition about the Aztecs at Weltmuseum Wien. A very worthwhile visit.

Finally exposed to paintings again

Going to an art museum may not usually seem that exciting, but when I rode my bike to the Belvedere21 yesterday, for the first time in months, since Covid-19 Lockdown measures shut down all of Vienna´s museums, I felt pretty exhilarated. The modern art venue of the venerable Belvedere Museum offered special thematic tours onContinue reading “Finally exposed to paintings again”

Stones that speak

On Friday I showed you bits of my neighbourhood, which was created during the days of working class housing- and food shortages that followed World War I and the breakup of the Habsburg Empire.  But of course this problem extended to all of Vienna, and the cooperative garden settlements that were built in the 1920sContinue reading “Stones that speak”