Japanesery

Before 1854 trade with Japan was confined to a Dutch monopoly and Japanese goods imported into Europe were for the most part confined to porcelain and lacquer ware. But when the 200-year-old Japanese foreign policy of Seclusion ended and trade between Japan and the West opened up, a sort of collection craze of Japanese art … More Japanesery

Enjoying a treasure trove of art on Christmas Day

I don´t know why I thought I could finally go see the Monet exhibition at the Albertina or the Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien on Christmas Day.   Vienna is completely over-crowded with tourists over the Christmas and New Year´s holidays.  I had purchased an Albertina gift membership for hubby and … More Enjoying a treasure trove of art on Christmas Day

Underneath it all – the long cultural history of the head scarf at Weltmuseum Wien

Headgear doesn’t define a woman´s position, but in Austria´s (and much of Western Europe´s) current political climate, the head scarf has become a symbol-laden topic of political debate. The garment has become a veiled metaphor for something else in political rhetoric. Not coincidentally, I think, the Weltmuseum Wien now has a special exhibition, not on … More Underneath it all – the long cultural history of the head scarf at Weltmuseum Wien

A masterful hand – Bruegel at the KHM Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien is showing the largest ever comprehensive exhibition of works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (sometimes spelled ’Brueghel’, and sometimes even ’Breugel’ and ’Breughel’).   On display are a whopping three quarters of all of his conserved paintings, plus almost half of his drawings and prints.  Last week I was so lucky … More A masterful hand – Bruegel at the KHM Vienna

Where Obelix, Captain Kirk, and Han Solo mingle: The Vienna ComicCon 2018

Obelix, Captain Kirk, Han Solo, Joda, Kalisi, medieval knights…  What do these characters have in common?  They all roamed around side by side and rather photogenically at the Vienna ComicCon 2018.  This dress-up and gaming event took place at Messe Wien from 17 to 18 November.  Thanks to Instagramers Austria I had the chance to … More Where Obelix, Captain Kirk, and Han Solo mingle: The Vienna ComicCon 2018

In focus: old photographic views on Venice by Carlo Naya

Point and shoot, and you´ve got your beautiful view of Venice captured.  It was not always so simple.    A special goodie for Venice and photography lovers is currently on display at the Graphic Collection of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna: This first cabinet exhibition dedicated exclusively to photography, with a small selection of … More In focus: old photographic views on Venice by Carlo Naya

A natural history of war – tracing an evolution

On Friday I was able to join an InstaWalk again with Instagramers Austria and  Instagramers Vienna,  at one of my favorite places, the Vienna Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien).  The museum has a new exhibition on: War. Tracing an evolution.  War is a somewhat unusual topic for a Natural History Museum, I think.  Is war … More A natural history of war – tracing an evolution