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God and the Devil in the Details

God and the Devil in the Details

High above, a raven sits atop a medieval torture wheel, scraps of rags still hanging from the last victim. On the ground, a man in white stands watching, as a vast procession moves across a green and brown plain. In the middle of the procession, if you peer closely, you can see Christ carrying the […]

Museum Run: Where the new things are

Museum Run: Where the new things are

Vienna has long reigned as a centre for fine art and art history. But in recent years, the city has moved beyond its endless collections of well-known artists. This winter, contemporary has taken over the art museums. Baselitz Remix German post-modern superstar Georg Baselitz is on display at the Albertina in honour of his 75th […]

Lucian Freud’s Naked Truth

Lucian Freud’s Naked Truth

The poster causes double-takes all over town. It shows a painting with two figures lying naked together. Their faces and bodies are twisted away from one another, the man lies confidently like someone who has been satisfied, and the woman is curled up, on the edge of the bed. My first impression was the uneasy […]

Gallery Run: Why Painting Now?

Gallery Run: Why Painting Now?

Presented with a Daguerreotype reproduction on copper in 1839, French painter Paul Delaroche thought he saw the writing on the wall. “From today,” Delaroche proclaimed, “painting is dead.” Since then, almost two centuries have passed – and still, we paint.  But the question didn’t go away. The 20th century was full of questions about whether […]

”Wild Beasts” at the Albertina

”Wild Beasts” at the Albertina

Fauvism, we are told, was a movement simultaneously avant-garde and neo-classical. The eight rooms of the Albertina’s new show provide us with a fine opportunity to investigate and enjoy this paradox. Their 160 works are mostly paintings, but there are also sculptures, drawings, woodblocks, ceramics, and even a big carved bed. The Fauves (wild beasts) […]

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 […]

Kim Dotcom: Privacy & the Abyss

Kim Dotcom: Privacy & the Abyss

A large Predator statue looms, its legs spread wide, one heavily armoured silver arm in the air. Across the room, a plastic female face looks out blankly from a chequered bed, each of its eyes bigger than a human head. By the door, wrapped in plastic, lie millions of US dollars in cash. These are […]

Revolutionary With a Camera

Revolutionary With a Camera

Alexander Rodchenko may not be a name you know, but his influence is ubiquitous. One of the leading figures of Russia’s cultural avant-garde on the eve of the Revolution and in the early Soviet era, Rodchenko was a trailblazer in photography and graphic design. A devoted supporter of the Bolshevik regime, he put his creative […]

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