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Seven Days in Vienna

Seven Days in Vienna

The night before my flight to Vienna, I sat down to watch Before Sunrise (1995). Despite brutally highlighting the current lacklustre state of my love life, I did enjoy it. Scenes captured Vienna’s beautiful landscape – romance at the Riesenrad, the Danube in the moonlight, seedy bars. In some ways, the film can even be […]

Viennese Types: The ­Romance and Reality of Work

Viennese Types: The ­Romance and Reality of Work

Copper engravings came first, depicting early street professions, the stuff of both legend and stereotype – canvas merchants, cheese makers, milk and egg sellers, tobacco peddlers, saucy laundresses that still titillate the imagination. Many are pictured with mouths agape, mid-call. Street criers were a common sight in any city of the pre-industrial age, and even […]

Faith, Hope, and Rioting

If you take the 49 tram downhill through the 7th District, just before you reach the MuseumsQuartier you’ll turn onto the Breitegasse. It’s an old street with charming storefronts; a watchmaker’s workshop still in business after 150 years, its gorgeous pink and white façade from the early 19th century; and one complete eyesore, windows broken, entrance filthy, […]

Wien On Screen: The Expert Amateur Eye

Fifty years from now, someone may look at such popular YouTube hits as, “Charlie bit my finger” and see something completely different from the small boy getting his baby brother to bite his finger. Or at least that is the conceit of the new Wien on Screen exhibit, which opened on 29 March at the […]

Sensation and Sensuality: Hans Makart’s Vienna

An intense conversation is going on right now between two of Vienna’s major museums, the Belvedere and the Wien Museum in the Künstlerhaus. The subject: a once celebrated painter, designer, decorator and educator. This was Hans Makart, whose “Makartstil” is credited with having determined the culture of an entire era in mid-19th century Vienna, yet […]

The Self-Assured Eye

The current exhibition at the Wien Museum, solidifies Trude Fleischmann’s position not only as one of the most important Jewish female photographers of Austria, but as one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century. Fleischmann launched her career at a time when Austrian women had just begun to assert themselves socially and professionally; […]

Kreisky: Nostalgia for Progress

Theater pieces, exhibitions, a commemoration in the Hofburg, podium discussions, lectures and presentations – a celebration of Bruno Kreisky, Austria’s longest serving chancellor, who would have been 100 year’s old Jan. 22. Kreisky died just over 20 years ago, after serving as chancellor from 1970 to 1983, much of it with an absolute majority, and […]

City of Celluloid Dreams

“Wien im Film” (Vienna in the Movies: Images of the city from 100 years), the current exhibition at the Wien Museum, is not a film festival. Instead, it is a unique and innovative exhibition comprised solely of film clips that cumulatively create a portrait of the city. Vienna is the star here. The exhibit is […]

The 10 Best Vienna Moments on Film

Weibliche Assentierung (1908, Austria, director unknown) Early Austrian naughtiness. Thomas Ballhausen (TB), Austrian Film Archive (AFA): “There was a tendency to make local eroticism, especially in the mute film era. The first-ever film production company in Vienna, Saturn, only made erotic short films. They mostly did adult remakes of French originals (made for a general […]

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