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Far From Flanders Fields

Far From Flanders Fields

On 28 June 1914, the shots were fired that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, triggering a war in which over 16 million people died. As winter comes to Vienna, we approach the centennial of a war that shaped today’s western world, and defined the modern Austrian Republic. Over the next four years, […]

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 […]

New World Rebels at the Imperial Court

New World Rebels at the Imperial Court

When they met, Austria was a giant empire encountering a dwarf-like distant colony, barely independent and without many allies. Much has changed over the past 175 years.  As the U.S. Congress appointed William Lee in 1777 to be America’s first diplomatic representative to the Austrian-Hungarian court, imperial diplomats declined to recognise an upstart young nation […]

How Isotype Almost Conquered The World

How Isotype Almost Conquered The World

Through the red-brick portal and dark green doors of the Austrian Museum for Social and Economic Affairs, there’s a Kaffeehaus. Or is it a Beisl? It’s not staged for tourists – just a pleasantly worn, friendly Lokal for sharing table and talk. Perfect for a museum whose daily bread is communication. Tucked away in a […]

Schiele’s home in Tulln

Artist Egon Schiele’s birthplace at the train station in Tulln was opened for the first time with a ceremony on 15 June. The icon of Viennese Modernism was born in the Lower Austrian town in 1890, the son of a railway station inspector. His first 11 years were spent in an apartment at the station, […]

WoMen at War: Austria at Home From 1914–1918

WoMen at War: Austria at Home  From 1914–1918

Military museums are tricky things: It’s important to honour the heroism and sacrifice in national defence, and important also to respect the strategies of victory or tragedies of loss. But war itself? To a modern sensibility, the answer is unclear – as the Austrian Museum of Military History, the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, apparently understands, and has […]

Free-for-all at the MQ

Free-for-all at the MQ

MuseumsQuartier’s summer season officially kicks off on 8 May with the MQ Open Day. From 17:00 to 22:00, the MQ offers free admission to all of its institutions for the first time in its history. Children’s programs will begin at 15:00, and the day will also include special tours and workshops, as well as a […]

Letters to the Editor: April 2013

To the Editor [Re: “They Eat Horses, Don’t They”, by Martin Ehl, TVR March, 2013] I don’t think British concern [about horsemeat] is just about cultural differences. A big issue is where the horsemeat actually came from. It is suspected that it was illegally smuggled into the food supply by the Romanian mafia, which means […]

Rubik’s cube-shaped museum for Budapest

Rubik’s cube-shaped museum for Budapest

Hungarian government officials have announced plans for the construction of a national museum dedicated to the nation’s innovation, to be built in the shape of a large Rubik’s cube. The site along the Danube bank near the Rákóczi bridge, crossed by Vienna rail traffic, will highlight Hungary’s achievements, ideas, and inventions from the past 1,100 […]

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