The return of the Thursday demonstrations to Vienna’s streets last October heralded a reawakening of Austrian protest culture. Between climate change strikes and marches against racism, the capital has been very lively of late. And on stage, a new wave of starkly political theater is trying to make sense of the current age of far-right populism. […]
The Kunstforum brings the women of Art Brut to the forefront With the current Zeitgeist’s fondness for inclusivity, it is perhaps unsurprising that Art Brut has made a comeback. Originating in the psychiatric institutions of the early 20th century, it showcases the raw creativity of society’s outcasts, shunning all pretensions in favor of a primal, […]
James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk takes flight under director Barry Jenkins At its best, fiction can portray reality in a way that non-fiction can’t. It should come as no surprise then, that in our era of Black Lives Matter and taking a k...
In A Rich Brew, Shachar Pinsker makes a convincing case for the role of cafés in fostering a golden age of Jewish culture. In any guidebook about Vienna, the Kaffeehaus holds a place of honor, a sort of people’s club, open to all, where the rich exchange of friendship, creativity and ideas that became the […]
In Éric Vuillard’s award-winning historical novel The Order of the Day, an absurd and tragic encounter seals Austria’s fate. The hour grows late and Austria’s dictatorial Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg arrives at the Eagle’s Nest, Adolf Hitler’s mountaintop retreat high above Berchtesgaden. It is February 12, 1938, and in a month’s time, German troops will cross […]
Robert Menasse’s award-winning The Capital is a dark but affectionate satire on the European idea. Robert Menasse has long been preoccupied with the implications of historical crisis for social cohesion. A provocative yet eloquent critic of the Au...
Christophe Slagmuylder, the new artistic director of the Wiener Festwochen, presents his first program. In an arts-obsessed city like Vienna, the Wiener Festwochen, the city’s premier cultural festival, carries a lot of weight – something that its new head and artistic director, Christophe Slagmuylder, is quite aware of. When asked what the Festwochen, which […]
Vienna’s female artists get some long overdue time in the limelight at the Lower Belvedere. Three women gaze down from the wall: One in a red dress with short, dark brown hair sipping a glass of red wine, another in a long, free-flowing dress and the final one holding a bouquet of pink flowers with […]
There’s so much good television available to stream these days, to say nothing of the films. As the holidays roll in, quirky, dark children’s classics, Mexican demon hunters and alleged Russian royals entice you to stay in. A Series of Unfortunate Events | Kids, NETFLIX Based on the best-selling series from Lemony Snicket, the third […]