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Summing up Art Week

Summing up Art Week

From 18 to 24 November, exhibitions, panel discussions, presentations, tours and talks with curators and artists brought art, design and fashion aficionados to the Austrian capital for Vienna Art Week. Initiated by the Dorotheum and hosted by Art Cluster Vienna, this festival focuses on the city’s vibrant creative scene, bringing visitors beyond the well-known locations, […]

1st Verdict on Gurlitt art

German prosecutors have announced that Cornelius Gurlitt rightfully owns several hundred paintings of the recently discovered Munich treasure trove of art. Until they were confiscated in February 2012, Gurlitt lived in solitude amongst the 1,406 masterworks. Including paintings by Picasso, Chagall and Matisse, 970 of the paintings are still under investigation to establish provenance. Experts […]

Jazz Fest head dies

Heinz Krassnitzer passed away unexpectedly on 21 September at the age of 61. Krassnitzer was a vibrant performer and leader of the jazz scene for the last 40 years and main coordinator of the Vienna Jazz Festival. Since 1991, the summer festival has been celebrating the smooth music in venues such as the Vienna State […]

Austro-techture turns 20

For its 20-year anniversary, the Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W) is exhibiting a substantial part of its vast collection for the first time, under the title “The gold of AzW”. This exhibition includes design drawings, plans, sketchbooks, photographs and models, from important eras of Austrian architecture. At its founding in 1993, the Centre aimed to present, […]

New Schiele uncovered

New Schiele uncovered

Never before seen paintings by Egon Schiele were discovered in Lower Austria. A 38-year-old man could not believe his eyes when, sorting through the attic, he found images and texts from the world-renowned painter Egon Schiele. The pieces, dated 1913 and 1914, were among the estate of his recently deceased father, an art dealer. The […]

VIENNALE kicks off

The Viennale is Austria’s most prominent international film festival, with 96,000 viewers last year. Highlights of this year’s 300 carefully selected films are the boldly aesthetic Asiatic 3D genre; the Austrian premiere of the politically relevant Le dernier des injustes (The Last of the Unjust) a and the retrospective best flicks of Jerry Lewis. The […]

Shaky Carinthian summer

The Carinthian Summer looks back on a season with 14,000 visitors and an 88% capacity utilisation, peaked by a London Symphony Orchestra concert as a grand finale, but its future is unclear. Subsidies have been cut and, according to Thomas Schlee, director of the music festival, talks with the federal government are still “open-ended”, as […]

Festival Summer ends

The end of the heat brings with it the end of the summer festivals all over the country. Organisers are now assessing their success. The Bregenz Festival sold 259,425 tickets for 80 performances. Most of the visitors saw Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte on the famous Seebühne by the Bodensee, making it the most popular opera in […]

Volkstheater director leaves

Michael Schottenberg, the director of the Volkstheater, announced that he will not renew his contract after its expiration in August 2015. By then, he will have been the director for ten years,  “an adequate and good timespan to realise fundamental artistic goals”, the 61-year-old actor, film director and screenwriter said. He stressed that he has […]

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