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Naked Men at the MQ

Naked Men at the MQ

At the prestigious Leopold Museum, it’s raining men – and they’re all naked. While usually women are put on a pedestal as the epitome of nude beauty, with a larger-than-life reclining man in the courtyard of MuseumsQuartier, Nackte Männer throws the male body into the spotlight in all its full-frontal glory. The exhibit displays the transformation in […]

Brunching at the Kunstbus

Brunching at the Kunstbus

When Brigitte Macho first saw the architectural plan for the front of her copy and print shop, she was puzzled. “I thought he had just photographed it while a Wiener Linien bus was driving by,” admitted the owner of M+N Copy and founder of the art initiative Kunst im Bus. We were sitting in the […]

ViennaFair 2012: A Platform for the New Generation

ViennaFair 2012: A Platform for the New Generation

The tagline, “The New Contemporary” is Vienna’s way of expressing that borders – geographical, cultural, and artistic – are disappearing. Making ViennaFair more “inclusive” is the goal of artistic directors Vita Zaman and Christina Steinbrecher, who joined in May, following the surprise resignation of Georg Schöllhammer and Hedwig Saxenhammer. Since 2005, ViennaFair has focused on […]

Vienna’s Summer of Discontent

Vienna’s Summer of Discontent

By mid-summer, 2012 had already been a fateful year for Viennese culture, unlike any since the devastating flu-season of 1918 that rent the heart of the Viennese Secession. That year claimed artist Gustav Klimt, architect Otto Wagner, and artist/designer Koloman Moser all within a few months – signalling the end of an era. Within just […]

Clegg & Guttmann: Unraveling Codes of Status

Before the glass façade of the Bawag Contemporary on Franz-Josefs-Kai, the high intensity reflections from the UNIQA Tower LichtSpiel across the Wienfluss bounce before our eyes. We push past the crowd of art lovers, Viennese bohos, and hangers-on to wrench open the tall glass door. Inside, the raw concrete floors and stripped industrial ceiling blend […]

Not Totally Working at the 21er Haus

Not Totally Working at the 21er Haus

Utopia GESAMTKUNSTWERK at the re-opened 21er Haus, is the first exhibition to be staged in this remarkable building – rusty red frame outside, white girders inside, a big, industrial-chic place with vast windows letting in the Schweizer Garten view and whatever light can be conjured out of a Vienna winter’s day. The exhibition, designed by […]

Vienna Art Week: Preview

In November, art-lovers will flock to the city for the 7th annual Vienna Art Week, running from 14-20 Nov. Not only the City of Music, Vienna’s wealth in visual artists, ateliers, galleries and artwork is often underestimated, and only the biggest names – like Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele are widely known on an international […]

ViennaFair: A Rebirth of Art

At the turn of the last century, artists declared a war on traditionalism in art. Employing slogans like “Make it new!” and “Subjectivity is the new reality”, they initiated an irreversible artistic transformation. Famously, Marcel Duchamp, the inventor of “ready-mades” long before Andy Warhol took up the idea, even proclaimed the death of art. To […]

Scary, dead people & more…

An Indian woman, her head tilted back, draws open a curtain to reveal her smiling son, Russian corpses are photographed in a Moscow morgue and dressed up in power clothes, a huge wire head is presented by a Spaniard, a Polish girl estimates how many bars of soap she can get.  Nobody can accuse the […]

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