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Rethinking Vienna 1900

Rethinking Vienna 1900

Last year, Vienna revived its modernist past with a flurry of activities around the iconic painting The Kiss to celebrate the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt. The buzz portrayed the painter, one of the driving forces behind the Wiener Secession, as foremost among progressive artists who ushered in the period of optimism they dubbed the […]

Hietzing: Graceful Living Remuddled

Hietzing: Graceful Living Remuddled

One day, just as I was passing the noble portal of Plachutta’s legendary Hietzinger Bräu, an exotic figure emerged with his entourage. “Why, it’s DJ Ötzi!” exclaimed my female companion excitedly. “Wow!” I said, not having the slightest idea who DJ Ötzi might be, but not wishing to appear uncool. Evidently the occasional bunte Vogel […]

Wiener Secession Meets Venice at the Biennale 2011

Salzburg-born Markus Schinwald has been chosen to represent Austria at the 54th Venice Biennale, with the planned opening of the Austrian Pavilion set for Jun. 2. As is traditional, Austria, with a €400,000 budget for the conception, organization, and implementation of the exhibition, will be represented in 2011 by a single artist, exhibiting at the […]

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