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PolaWalk: Vienna in Eight Clicks

PolaWalk: Vienna in Eight Clicks

Oh no! I looked down in horror at the smelly black paper in my hand. The photo was ruined. “Don’t worry, you still have seven pictures left,” said Gilbert Lechner, trying to console me. It didn’t help. I had just ruined my first photograph with the Polaroid camera he had given me half an hour […]

Success at the Kunstkammer

One month after its grand opening, the first statistics look more than promising for the managing director Paul Frey. Of the over 50,000 visitors the Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) in March, a large number of the Viennese among them came especially for the collection of opulent objects. This was not the only triumph: Never before in […]

Vienna returns Nazi loot

The City of Vienna has returned 5,880 works of art that were stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners or their heirs, according to Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, city councillor of cultural affairs. Since 1999 the origins of a total of 70,000 pieces in the city’s collections – stolen between 1938 and 1945 – have been […]

Minimalist Modern Jewelry

Minimalist Modern Jewelry

“We let the goldsmith work – and you’re allowed to see it,” said Alexander Skrein. We stood in the May drizzle before the window of his intimate first-district atelier skrein*. He was responding to my question about a ring that, from a distance, looked like brushed gold. The texture, it turned out, came from fine […]

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 […]

Art Austria at the Leopold

Three artists will be honoured at the 6th annual Art Austria Trade Fair at the Leopold Museum 11-14 April. Awards of €10,000 each will be given for art “forgotten, forsaken, underestimated”, “established, arrived” and “young, emerging”, nominated by exhibitors and selected by a jury of experts. On the night of 10 April, photographers will capture […]

The Gate Crasher: Im Kinsky a rear window on art

The Gate Crasher: Im Kinsky a rear window on art

Entering the grand carriage way of the Palais Kinsky, into the Stiegenhaus past the gauntlet of magnificent Baroque statuary up the grand stairway, I was stunned, as is often the case in Vienna, by the surrounding opulence. These palaces have that effect – the kind of red carpeted, marbled luxury that makes you conscious of […]

Naked at the Naked Men

Naked at the Naked Men

The Nackte Männer exhibit at the Leopold Museum has been a hot topic in Vienna since it opened in October – provoking a lot of good banter and not a few jokes on the subject of male nakedness in art. So why are female nudes everywhere in art, when the slightest glimpse of a male […]

Illuminated Design

Illuminated Design

Viennese agency MOSTLIKELY brings the animal world to light with a unique line of paper lamps called Donkey & Friends. Designed by Maik Perfahl and Wolfgang List, graduates of the Vienna University of Technology joined three colleagues to turn complex 3D computer models into illuminated works of art. The group has been recently written up […]

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