City of Images

EXHIBITION REVIEW: For the third year in a row, the small town of Baden near Vienna has become an outdoor photography gallery. Billed as the largest European photography festival, the exhibitions are spread all across downtown Baden´s streets and parks. In times of the Covid-19 pandemic, there could not be a more ideal setting for a “museum visit” than to stroll around in the open air, enjoying the outstanding photography and the greenery, stopping in between for coffee and cake in one of Baden´s many coffee houses. I visited on a warm September afternoon, when people were still lounging about on picnic blankets and in outdoor cafes. The exhibition runs until 26 October 2020. … More City of Images

Horsing around Vienna

The other day IgersVienna were invited to a behind-the-scenes tour by Marco, co-founder of Riding Dinner Austria, to a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the old established Fiaker enterprises, Fiaker Paul. To me this was very special, as I love horses, but had not been in a stable in quite a while. I really enjoyed watching the morning routine, preparing the horses and coachmen for their working day. … More Horsing around Vienna

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 1920s … More Stones that speak

Family matters

They say, you can choose your friends, but not your family.  Well, I guess that depends on how you define family.  The way the Dom Museum Wien sees it, there is certainly many ways to look at families, and family histories can be tragedies or comedies, or both.  The current exhibition, Family Matters at the … More Family matters

A Renaissance genius – Albrecht Dürer at the Albertina

Albrecht Dürer had an impressive natural talent for life-like drawing and painting.  Born in Nuremberg in 1471 as the third son of a goldsmith, young Albrecht already painted an impressive self-portrait at the age of 13 and later in life produced astounding, almost photorealistic portraits.  The Albertina museum has a selection of over 100 drawings, … More A Renaissance genius – Albrecht Dürer at the Albertina

Individualistic, sensitive, powerful – contemporary drawings at the Albertina

Drawing is more subtle than painting.  It does not tend to jump out at you quite so much.  It asks you to take your time, to look at detail, to admire fine lines.  The Albertina Museum has put together a fine exhibition of contemporary drawings from the Guerlain Collection from the Centre Pompidou Paris.  A … More Individualistic, sensitive, powerful – contemporary drawings at the Albertina

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