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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
The cruelest punishment imaginable,” said the Viennese modernist architect Adolf Loos, “would be to be locked up in a prison cell decorated by Josef Hoffmann.”Contemporaries though they were, the two design legends were at conceptual sword points: Loos was a radical purist and minimalist, Hoffmann part of the exuberant Secessionist school around Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt. History makes...
For the fifth time, the colorful Calle Libre street art festival breaks boundaries© Jolly Schwarz / The Calle Libre "Urban Aesthetics" festival will celebrate its 5th anniversary this year.Within the city enthralled by Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka, Calle Libre is redefining the local identity of Vienna’s art scene by virtue of aerosol spray cans. Europe’s largest Street Art festival...
The combative artist gets a large retrospectiveThere is no denying that throughout the history of art, the bulk of works has come from men who portrayed women as objects or, at best, highly desirable muses. Luckily, plenty of recent artists have stepped up to challenge the status quo. One of them is Viennese painter Florentina Pakosta, who turned her...
Fluchtspuren
The exhibition What Remains: Traces of Refugees (Fluchtspuren) leaves its mark with a few personal objectsSize isn’t everything, especially when your survival literally depends on the coat on your back. What would you grab if you had just a few minutes to save your life? As revealed by the 15 objects collected for the Wien Museum’s small Fluchtspuren exhibition,...
heidi horten
The Heidi Horten Collection at the Leopold Museum spins recent art history into an aesthetic narrative.Imagine a greatest hits collection of 20th century Western art, hung in a way that exposes commonalities across genres and deviations within individual artist’s outputs. Now imagine doing all of that in half an afternoon. That, essentially, is what the Leopold’s current showing of...
The MAK shows the enduring influence of the seminal architect, from the 19th century to today.Leaving an epochal impact on Vienna’s appearance, architect Otto Wagner also left a lasting mark on modernism, inspiring future generations worldwide and creating the iconic Vienna Stadtbahn, the Kirche am Steinhof and the Postsparkasse. To mark the 100th anniversary of his death, the MAK...
The Klimt Villa offers an insightful glance into the private life of the iconic painter.“I am convinced that I am not particularly interesting as a person.” The celebrated Gustav Klimt may not have thought too highly of himself, but a century after his demise, the world remains utterly fascinated by the Jugendstil icon and creator of The Kiss. Dismissive...
The celebrated British sculptor gets her first extensive review in Austria.Best known in Vienna for her Holocaust memorial on Judenplatz, Turner-prize winner Rachel Whiteread is one of the most recognizable sculptors of her generation, creating grand experiment in negative space, often on a grand scale and in public places like London’s Trafalgar Square.Primarily working with industrial materials such as...
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