A symphony of lights

No, this is not a lamp shop.  This past weekend, I visited  a really intriguing light and sound art installation by the artist Johannes Rass in the industrial-historical ambience of the “old technology” event space at Ottakringer Brauerei.  Lumen, light, the stuff you need for life and photos.   Also, lumen, the technical measure of the … More A symphony of lights

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

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

“Genusswandern” – hiking and wine at the Wiener Weinwandertage

“Genusswandern” is an Austrian word invention that does not really translate – it means something like “pleasure walking”.  Instead of wining and dining, this weekend you can wine and hike in Vienna.   The annual vineyard hike has become a traditional “must do” for me and my family.   This is the 12th time the City of … More “Genusswandern” – hiking and wine at the Wiener Weinwandertage

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