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

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

Hard to forget images at WestLicht Gallery

This weekend (which luckily is a long one) is your last chance to see the World Press Photo exhibition at WestLicht gallery.  The WestLicht Gallery is a non-profit association that puts on great photography shows.   Now for the 17th year it is hosting the World Press Photo exhibition.   On view are award-winning  images related to … More Hard to forget images at WestLicht Gallery

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

Call of the wild: biodiversity days in Vienna

In a couple of days, it´s time to visit Lainzer Tiergarten.   On 8 and 9 June this lovely forest park in Vienna´s West will be hosting the 17th Vienna Biodiversity Day.  This event  is co-organized by the Vienna Environmental Protection Department (MA 22) as a contribution to the “GEO Day of Biodiversity“. (Actually, they … More Call of the wild: biodiversity days in Vienna

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

A preview of Vienna´s long night of research – Part 1: the MAK

On 13 April 2018 you have an opportunity to visit many of Vienna´s cultural and research institutions for free.  It´s Lange Nacht der Forschung (Long Night of Research) again!  LNF18 is the only nationwide science communication event that makes the services of domestic institutions accessible to the general public – from school projects to cutting-edge … More A preview of Vienna´s long night of research – Part 1: the MAK

Ganymed Nature – intense performances at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

Wow!  Just wow!  If you have not been to any of the productions by wenn es so weit ist, and even if you have, you really should go see Ganymed Nature at Vienna´s largest art museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. After Ganymed Boarding (2011), Ganymed Goes Europe (2014), Ganymed Dreaming (2015), and Ganymed fe male … More Ganymed Nature – intense performances at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien