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Gallery Run: East Greets West

Gallery Run: East Greets West

In a way, China is both the oldest and newest country in the world. Isolated for centuries, it has emerged in the last few decades as one of the most powerful players in the global economy. In the art world, Beijing has become a major hot spot for both native and international artists. With exhibitions […]

Gallery Run: Getting Grafik

Gallery Run: Getting Grafik

The Künstlerhaus announced its third “Monat der Grafik” this past April, triggering a series of exhibitions across Vienna. While some came and went quickly, a few are still up and well worth a visit. Grafik is a broad term covering a lot of territory. What emerged from my quest was a definition that goes way […]

Out of Sync

Out of Sync

With all the rave reviews, the film Brokeback Mountain had been a must-see when I finally caught a German-language version in a Vienna cinema. A German-dubbed western is an unsettling experience. Phrases like “I reckon”, and “I just can’t quit you!” spoken in lazy western drawls are more than lost in translation; they are just […]

Their (Least) Favourite Thing

On my Austrian husband’s first holiday in the U.S., my whole family was there, and in an annual ritual, we all sat down in front of the TV and put on The Sound of Music. As scenic views of Julie Andrews cavorting through the Alps rolled out before us, my sister exclaimed to her children, […]

Rebekka Bakken: Genuss Factor

Rebekka Bakken: Genuss Factor

Rebekka Bakken is enjoying a lovely spring day in one of her favorite places, the beautiful wine valleys of the Wachau. As she strolls up to a café by the Danube with friends, a bewildered old man spots this tall, radiant, uninhibited woman with long, flowing hair and large sunglasses as she walks by and […]

Vienna Meets The Mall

April saw the opening of the much-anticipated “Wien Mitte The Mall”, the transformed transportation hub at Wien Mitte that allows newcomers to enter Vienna via the City Airport Train (CAT) into a brand-new, six-story shopping mall. For some five years, this point of entry was plagued by scaffolding, construction and shifting labyrinthine detours, offering a […]

Is the ‘Race’ Race Finally Over?

Is the ‘Race’ Race Finally Over?

It’s been an interesting month at Biber, the hip Viennese magazine for second-generation migrants. The April cover feature, “Mischlinge: Erkennst du den Mix?” – a kind of match-the-faces-to-the-races quiz – stirred critiques from the major Vienna newspapers followed by a long trail of impassioned comments on social media platforms. Mischling is a tricky word to […]

Gallery Run: Exhibition Picture Show

Gallery Run: Exhibition Picture Show

Film, most agree, is an art form, although a passive one – an audience in a dark room eager to lose itself. But art is often claimed as a call to action, or at least interaction, in which the viewer enlists and engages. Three exhibitions this month explore the medium of film, the white cube […]

Gallery Run: Subjective Objects

Gallery Run: Subjective Objects

We have a strange relationship to objects: we acquire them, covet them, project meaning onto them. Artists go further, questioning what our relationship is to objects, not taking it for granted, interpreting the objects in unexpected ways. Whether it’s through pop art, found objects, or exotic artifacts, it’s the artist’s job to reinvent, relocate and […]

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