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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 […]

Scandal over fowl art

The website www.katholisches.info, associated with the traditionalist Pius brothers, criticised a poster promoting an upcoming exhibition by Austrian artist Deborah Sengl, displaying a crucified chicken. The author described the photo as “utterly tasteless blasphemy” and “artistically not very original”. For Sengl, the chicken, wearing a crown of thorns and a loincloth, highlights the “suffering of […]

Dorotheum breaks records

The Dorotheum has been exceptionally successful in 2013. They have been breaking their own records for modern, contemporary and silver auctions, and a recent Old Masters sale ranked second best in the auction house’s history. Most noteworthy was the world record price for a piece by Austrian painter Hans Makart. The painting, The Death of […]

Lunar landing in Vienna

Lunar landing in Vienna

The Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) gained a moon rock. On 18 June, NASA Chief Charles Boldin presented the museum a lunar rock, weighing 84 grams, and two samples of space soil. They were collected during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971 and are considered “space treasure”. Natural History Museum director Christian Köberl stated that, “Stones […]

Schiele’s home in Tulln

Artist Egon Schiele’s birthplace at the train station in Tulln was opened for the first time with a ceremony on 15 June. The icon of Viennese Modernism was born in the Lower Austrian town in 1890, the son of a railway station inspector. His first 11 years were spent in an apartment at the station, […]

Success at the Kunstkammer

One month after its grand opening, the first statistics look more than promising for the managing director Paul Frey. Of the over 50,000 visitors the Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) in March, a large number of the Viennese among them came especially for the collection of opulent objects. This was not the only triumph: Never before in […]

Vienna returns Nazi loot

The City of Vienna has returned 5,880 works of art that were stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners or their heirs, according to Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, city councillor of cultural affairs. Since 1999 the origins of a total of 70,000 pieces in the city’s collections – stolen between 1938 and 1945 – have been […]

NYC Meets Vienna Design

On 17 April, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York opened The Vienna Model, celebrating the architectural tradition of Red Vienna, creating public housing for the Viennese between 1925 and 1934. The socialist government began funding the construction of Gemeindebauten: small, affordable living spaces, within an integrated infrastructure. Also in New York, Koloman Moser: Designing Modern […]

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