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.

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”

Venice in between

Between the floods  (the terrible Acqua Alta of 12 Nov 2019) and the lock-down due to the Covid-19 epidemic in 2020, Venice has not had much luck lately.  La Serenissima Repubblica di San Marco is suffering, and I feel for the inhabitants of this beautiful city (and of course all others affected by it).  UsuallyContinue reading “Venice in between”

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.  AContinue reading “Individualistic, sensitive, powerful – contemporary drawings at the Albertina”

Tricky imperial mysteries at the KHM

I like both a good mystery and art.  So I was thrilled to be invited to join a new “mystery hunt” game at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna:  The Emperor´s magic circle (“Der magische Kreis des Kaisers“) – the title alone conjured up images of  conspiracies and bewitching secrets in my brain.  What would it take,Continue reading “Tricky imperial mysteries at the KHM”

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 roomsContinue reading “Street art goes museum”

Together and Proud in Vienna

I´ve been a bit lazy about blog writing lately, what with the nice summer weather and so many photo opportunities around town that I can hardly catch up even with the photo editing.  But I do want to show some of my recent photos from the day of the Lifeball 2019 in Vienna, and IContinue reading “Together and Proud in Vienna”

OstLicht reloads

If you are into photography and live in Vienna, you may have stopped by the centrally located Westlicht Gallery.  But have you been to its sister gallery, Ostlicht?  I have to admit, despite really enjoying photography, last week´s #instawalk with @igersaustria was my first visit to this great gallery.  Ostlicht. Gallery for Photography is locatedContinue reading “OstLicht reloads”

Bodies at the Belvedere Museum

Have you ever seen walking works of art?  Or looked underneath the layers of a famous painting?  Now you can, at the Lower Belvedere.  Instagramers Austria was invited to see and photograph two fascinating exhibitions currently on in the halls of the Belvedere Museum:  Donna Huanca – Piedra Quemada, a multi-media installation involving all yourContinue reading “Bodies at the Belvedere Museum”