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At Home With Dionysis

At Home With Dionysis

Taste, smell, touch, hear and see.More than just an advertising slogan, Explore your Senses becomes reality when spending a weekend in the cradle of civilization: Athens. For me, the charm begins the moment I land. Greeks are friendly; staff and strangers help you get around the airport, talkative taxi drivers guide you around town. The […]


The city of Berlin blossoms each year with its film festival ‘Berlinale’ – the German capital has a bear in their city coat of arms and so the mighty animal is both the festival’s logo and the name giver of the award statues. At every corner people discuss not only which movie has received which […]

‘Biedermeier’ A Double Life

Most of the major artistic movements of recent centuries show pan-Western similarities. Biedermeier, however, as the period between the Congress of Vienna in 1815 and the revolutions that ripped across the continent in 1848 is referred to, has a quintessentially central European feel about it, and as such, visiting the Biedermeier exhibition currently being held […]

The Good German Art of Darkness

Based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Kanon (2001), The Good German is a romantic thriller about an American war correspondent who returns to post-war Berlin in search of the German woman who was once his lover. In an homage to film noir classics such as Casablanca and The Third Man, director […]

Uncoupled Perspectives

It is said that opposites attract, and this certainly seems to be the case in the photography perspectives taken by Martine Franck and her husband and founder of the Magnum photography agency, Henri Cartier-Bresson. “A photograph isn’t necessarily a lie, but nor is it the truth,” Franck is quoted saying on Magnum’s webpage. “It’s more […]

Book Review: Alek Popov’s Mission: London

Entertainment and bureaucracy aren’t usually found together, at least not in life. Even in a novel, this can be considered a pretty hazardous operation. And things get even more problematic if you add the current idée du jour of culture clash. The Bulgarian novelist and playwright Alek Popov attempted just this in 2001 and the […]

‘Crimes of the Heart’

‘Crimes of the Heart’

The Magrath sisters of Hazlehurst, Mississippi are beleaguered by tragedy. Their lives in Beth Henley’s 1981 Pulitzer Prize winning play Crimes of the Heart are bound up in neurotic coping habits as they search for a slice of happiness, which they find suddenly as they share a giant chocolate birthday cake. The current production at […]

A Guiding Hand

It is a rare occasion when an international renowned conductor talks about his profession. Thus the January lecture by renowned Latvian-born conductor Mariss Jansons (53) was a special event, an evening of personal insights into the Art of Conducting at the Musikverein. Moderated by Peter Blaha, Chief Dramaturg of the Vienna State Opera, the evening […]

Reconstructing Donald

Reconstructing Donald

In Austria, Gottfried Helnwein is mostly known as the 1980s “shock artist” of posters, magazine and album covers depicting scenes of pain and anxiety, often involving children and always with photorealistic perfection. Helnwein, however, has since moved on. Born in 1948 in Vienna, his later work has included photography, extra-large canvasses and mixed media addressing […]

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