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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 […]

Furniture to ponder: The art of living space

Furniture to ponder: The art of living space

The sleek spaces of Modernist living rooms had functional furnishings that married the utilitarian and the aesthetic. Recently, with 2012’s revived interest in the artists of the Secession and the Wiener Werkstätte, these qualities are back at the fore, featured in exhibits all over Vienna. Artists pinpoint issues like class and cultural divisions that symbolically […]

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 […]

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