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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 […]

Long-Distance Creativity

Long-Distance Creativity

In a first-ever art phenomenon, the Viennese artist Alex Kiessling will use advanced robotic technology to simultaneously create three free-hand drawings in three different cities: Vienna, London and Berlin. On 26 September the artist will be working in the Ovalhalle, at MuseumsQuartier, where his movements will be captured by sensors and transmitted via satellite to […]

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 […]

Gallery Run: Drawing Attention to Art

Gallery Run: Drawing Attention to Art

“Drawing is visual thinking” writes artist Deanna Petherbridge in her book The Primacy of Drawing – for generating ideas and solving conceptual problems, for training and for gifts, but also for recording life and capturing character, it has been central to western art since the 15th century. And while painting and sculpture have long held […]

An Urban Festwochen Experience

An Urban Festwochen Experience

It was noon as I entered the ticket office of the Wiener Festwochen in Lehàrgasse 3a: The place was empty, and the guard was playing chess against himself. The festival had just begun, and I left laden with flyers and booklets. Since 1951, the Vienna festival courts natives and tourists, artists, amateurs and passionates, who […]

Days of Art & Imagination at Burg Wildegg

Days of Art & Imagination at Burg Wildegg

When I was offered the chance to spend a weekend modeling for artists at a castle, I didn’t need details. I couldn’t help imagining Neuschwanstein, although the organiser warned not to get too excited: “This is a small castle.” Coming from a castle-free country like America (excepting Disneyland), how could I not be thrilled to […]

Paul Gulda: Improvising A Life of Art And Activism

Paul Gulda: Improvising A Life of Art And Activism

The asylum law protesters had been camped out at the Votivkirche for a couple of weeks when pianist Paul Gulda visited them for the first time in mid January. He had been asked to contribute a message of solidarity for their website. But as he read more about the occupation, he decided he needed 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 […]

The Gate Crasher: Im Kinsky a rear window on art

The Gate Crasher: Im Kinsky a rear window on art

Entering the grand carriage way of the Palais Kinsky, into the Stiegenhaus past the gauntlet of magnificent Baroque statuary up the grand stairway, I was stunned, as is often the case in Vienna, by the surrounding opulence. These palaces have that effect – the kind of red carpeted, marbled luxury that makes you conscious of […]

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