This is important

The impressive portraits by the German-Italian photographer Luigi Toscano of surviving victims of Nazi atrocities on Vienna’s Ringstrasse were damaged three times during their showing in Vienna.   In these pictures Luigi Toscano confronts us with large-scale versions of the faces of contemporary witnesses, survivors of the Holocaust, with eyes that look directly at you, serious … More This is important

Subjective stories of objects at Weltmuseum Wien

Things.  Lots of things.  Beautiful, curious, “exotic”, “ethnic”, historic things.  That is what you will find at the Weltmuseum Wien, which houses an extensive collection of artifacts accumulated by collectors over the last few centuries by explorers of other worlds.  These traveling collectors (such as Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Este) were usually rich or … More Subjective stories of objects at Weltmuseum Wien

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 located … More OstLicht reloads

Zones of Life

What could be better than a photo trip to the Vienna Zoo on a rainy day?  No, I am not crazy.  That´s just what I did a couple of weeks ago, on a mission to capture people interacting with nature – even if captive nature.  And I did not even get wet.  😉 As a … More Zones of Life

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

Abstracting nature – variations on a photographic theme

Something a little different today.  Last Saturday, in glaring sunshine, I participated in a thematic photo walk along the Donaukanal near Kunsthaus Wien – Museum Hundertwasser.  From time to time the museum offers photo walks based on themes in their current exhibitions.  “Some Plant Volatiles” by Hamburg-based photographer Jochen Lempert provided the foundation for Saturday´s … More Abstracting nature – variations on a photographic theme

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