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Summing up Art Week

Summing up Art Week

From 18 to 24 November, exhibitions, panel discussions, presentations, tours and talks with curators and artists brought art, design and fashion aficionados to the Austrian capital for Vienna Art Week. Initiated by the Dorotheum and hosted by Art Cluster Vienna, this festival focuses on the city’s vibrant creative scene, bringing visitors beyond the well-known locations, […]

1st Verdict on Gurlitt art

German prosecutors have announced that Cornelius Gurlitt rightfully owns several hundred paintings of the recently discovered Munich treasure trove of art. Until they were confiscated in February 2012, Gurlitt lived in solitude amongst the 1,406 masterworks. Including paintings by Picasso, Chagall and Matisse, 970 of the paintings are still under investigation to establish provenance. Experts […]

Scandal over fowl art

The website www.katholisches.info, associated with the traditionalist Pius brothers, criticised a poster promoting an upcoming exhibition by Austrian artist Deborah Sengl, displaying a crucified chicken. The author described the photo as “utterly tasteless blasphemy” and “artistically not very original”. For Sengl, the chicken, wearing a crown of thorns and a loincloth, highlights the “suffering of […]

Dorotheum breaks records

The Dorotheum has been exceptionally successful in 2013. They have been breaking their own records for modern, contemporary and silver auctions, and a recent Old Masters sale ranked second best in the auction house’s history. Most noteworthy was the world record price for a piece by Austrian painter Hans Makart. The painting, The Death of […]

Lunar landing in Vienna

Lunar landing in Vienna

The Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) gained a moon rock. On 18 June, NASA Chief Charles Boldin presented the museum a lunar rock, weighing 84 grams, and two samples of space soil. They were collected during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971 and are considered “space treasure”. Natural History Museum director Christian Köberl stated that, “Stones […]

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 […]

NYC Meets Vienna Design

On 17 April, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York opened The Vienna Model, celebrating the architectural tradition of Red Vienna, creating public housing for the Viennese between 1925 and 1934. The socialist government began funding the construction of Gemeindebauten: small, affordable living spaces, within an integrated infrastructure. Also in New York, Koloman Moser: Designing Modern […]

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 […]

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