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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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

Touching the Middle Ages

Touching the Middle Ages

The heavy, bright red and blue curtains part, and a horde of children bursts through the double doors and on into the Middle Ages – passing through a time warp into a transformed world, familiar yet very far away. Before their parents have even gathered their bags and climbed down from the ampitheatre steps, two […]

Mauthausen: Life in the Details

Mauthausen: Life in the Details

A bicycle from Poland. Pieces of a Messerschmitt fighter plane from U.S. Air Force archives in Alabama. Camp log books from Caen. An embroidered handkerchief, tossed out a prison window by a woman on her way to execution for helping Allied paratroopers. A rusty watchtower searchlight, unearthed just last year. Wedding rings, watches, and photos […]

Körperwelten: Body Worlds Reaches Out

Körperwelten: Body Worlds Reaches Out

“One can tell the morals of a culture by the way they treat their dead.”  – Benjamin Franklin I first saw one of Gunther von Hagens’ Körperwelten (Body Worlds) exhibitions more than ten years ago. The figure I remember most was controversial: a cross-sectional cut of a woman bearing an almost finished pregnancy. It was […]

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 […]

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