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The Fifth Column: July 2013

The Fifth Column: July 2013

High Tide for Harel?  A chiaroscuro drama is unfolding behind the scenes of the Hundertwasser exhibition (Japan and the Avant-garde), just ended with a jolly champagne breakfast in the grounds of the Belvedere. It is now clear that the much-loved Austrian eccentric, known for his ascetic lifestyle, was in fact worth a fortune. Along with […]

Going for the Gold

Going for the Gold

The price of gold was relatively low on 14 Mar., which may account for the crowd at the coat check as the exhibition Gold opened at the Lower Belvedere. It was indeed seductive: Rooms and walls shined, sparkled, and glimmered with (often confusing) golden works of art, coming close to sensory overload. But maybe that’s […]

Book Review: The Girl of His Dreams, by Donna Leon

Book Review: The Girl of His Dreams, by Donna Leon

More Death In Venice Donna Leon is a phenomenon in Vienna; readers are captivated by her characters – Commissario Guido Brunetti the Venetian detective, his academic wife Paula, his corrupt superior Questore Patta, and redoubtable executive secretary Segnorina Elettra.  This is genre fiction, with a formulaic structure, sometimes strained epithets that keep the characters firmly […]

Bad Boy Kokoschka

Bad Boy Kokoschka

Oskar Kokoschka never really fit in. After floating through an education that never made any sense to him, he was thrown out of the School of Applied Arts (where he would one day teach) and drifted around the edges of the hot house of fin-de-siecle painting in Vienna. The current exhibition of Kokoschka’s work at […]

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