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Joy to the World

Joy to the World

Macedonia Christmas in Orthodox Macedonia is on Jan. 7th, 14 days later than most others celebrates. This is a mixed blessing. The upside, especially if you are a student in a foreign country, is that you get to celebrate twice. The downside is that it makes you different. But being different is not always a […]

Paintings for the People

Paintings for the People

We all go shopping at supermarkets. We scan the aisles filled with colorful cans, brightly labeled bottles and a variety of fresh produce. We might have a meal in mind, meticulously planned, harmonious yet surprising, visually pleasing and not too heavy. Or we might buy on impulse, something that appeals at the moment, catching our […]

Galerie MOMENTUM; Galerie FREY; Galerie MEZZANIN GALLERY

Fritz Simak Galerie MOMENTUM Oct. 23-Nov.22  The gallery Momentum, hidden away on a side street of the Mariahilferstrasse, in November hosted one of the “grand old men” of Austrian photography, Franz Simak. The two arched rooms of the small but lofty gallery presented works from 1972 until 2005, including examples of his famous “Ringer” series, […]

Brief Encounter: November 2007

One of the beauties of Vienna is the quality of life. You can find a centrally-located apartment that is sizeable, with Viennese glamour all-inclusive while still being more-or-less affordable. And yet, as life is, things that are too good to be true usually are. In this case, the downside will usually appear in the form […]

Kaunertal Revisited

Kaunertal Revisited

Once in a while the hectic, consumerist world we’ve all been sucked into simply becomes too much to endure and we long for a place of the past, where time passes more slowly, the air smells of something other than Marlboros and McDonald’s, and where people still treasure the details of a simple day. Some […]

Gallery Run: November 2007

Fritz Simak Galerie MOMENTUM Oct. 23-Nov.22  The gallery Momentum, hidden away on a side street of the Mariahilferstrasse, in November hosted one of the “grand old men” of Austrian photography, Franz Simak. The two arched rooms of the small but lofty gallery presented works from 1972 until 2005, including examples of his famous “Ringer” series, […]

Mad About Meese

Mad About Meese

The sky is a powdery blue on this sunny, autumn noon; the hills surrounding Klosterneuburg luscious and green. All colors seem to be fusing into one another: the cloudless sky, the slightly mucky Danube, the bonbon hews of the little houses; all is delicate and almost disturbingly idyllic. It is very quiet as I park […]

Rudolf Leopold Goes Shopping

Rudolf Leopold Goes Shopping

The sun was just setting on Schwarzenbergplatz; warm yellow light saturated the grand palaces surrounding the plaza as we entered  the Haus der Industrie, the neo-classical bow to commerce opened in 1911 by the Emperor Franz Joseph, tonight host to the first ever Young Art Auction of Vienna’s Dorotheum. Inside, the grandeur of the architecture […]

Goldene Zeiten

People love to give other people advice, where to go on holiday, where to shop, and very often where to eat. Several friends of mine had been urging me for months to try the Chinese restaurant Goldene Zeiten, which had relocated from Floridsdorf to Vienna’s 1st District. For some reason, I kept forgetting about it […]

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