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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 […]

A Weaker Euro for A Stronger Europe

A Weaker Euro for A Stronger Europe

What can be done to help the “crisis economies” of southern Europe reduce their external deficits? The debate is often presented as a conflict between the deficit-burdened PIIGS – Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain – and the eurozone’s current-account-surplus countries, particularly Germany. But a new and more important imbalance has emerged in recent years: […]

Panda wars

Panda wars

The Chinese government has threatened to take back Yang Yang and Long Hui, the two pandas on loan from China at the Schönbrunn Zoo. The threat came in May as a response to Chancellor Faymann’s meeting with the Dalai Lama on Austrian soil last year. Due to China’s tense relationship with the exiled Tibetan leader, […]

Cathedral Curiosities History Lines St. Stephen’s

Visitors seem well-versed in the lore of the Stephansdom. They know roughly where and what it is: a 900-year-old cathedral in the city centre dedicated to the first Christian martyr. But all too many make a beeline for the interior. In so doing they miss some of the building’s more curious features.   A pagan […]

Gallery Run: Subjective Objects

Gallery Run: Subjective Objects

We have a strange relationship to objects: we acquire them, covet them, project meaning onto them. Artists go further, questioning what our relationship is to objects, not taking it for granted, interpreting the objects in unexpected ways. Whether it’s through pop art, found objects, or exotic artifacts, it’s the artist’s job to reinvent, relocate and […]

Grinzing in China

Grinzing in China

      Copying Austria, 8 Jan. 2013 by Renate Graber Apparently China is interested in our Grinzing. It’s not so much that rich Chinese are planning real estate investments in Viennese Heurigen-areas; it’s that they are creating a duplicate copy of the Grinzing village centre, which will be built somewhere in China. The Middle […]

China Meets Austria at the Musikverein

China Meets Austria at the Musikverein

“China Meets Austria” at the Musikverein is a night of symphonies, part of the greater Chinese Spring Festival, which aims to foster cultural connections between the young generations of the two countries. A mix of Chinese and Austrian musicians and orchestras will perform, including youth groups. Highlights of the eclectic programme include “In the Hall […]

Hallstatt made in China

Hallstatt made in China

In April 2009, rumours had reached the historic village of Hallstatt that a Chinese property development company is working on its complete reconstruction back in China. At that time, its inhabitants were not amused by such plans, and Mayor Alexander Scheutz had complained to UNESCO. The differences of opinion have evidently been solved for the […]

Is China the Answer for Austrian Business?

Is China the Answer for Austrian Business?

A swift, 30-minute drive separates Shanghai’s bustling city centre from the gleaming flagship factory of Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik (AT&S ). As I put on my safety goggles, I am told that the machines here run for 360 days a year – allowing five days’ rest for the Spring Festival, the most important holiday in […]

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