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Monday, October 15, 2018
art brut
Art brut and its origins are laid bare at Museum Gugging. Amongst the many startling visions on display at the Museum Gugging is an unassuming pencil sketch of a man dressed in a mundane suit, shirt and hat, drawn by Jaime Saguer, an institutionalized former farmhand and alcoholic born in 1896. Unassuming, that is, until your eyes chance upon the...
Jazz Fest Wien
A plethora of genres and styles define this venerable festival. Attracting household names and promising newcomers from contemporary jazz as well as ambassadors of soul, pop and rock, the Jazz Fest Wien is a fixture in the city’s cultural calendar, thanks in part to spectacular locations like the Staatsoper and City Hall. A prestigious stop on the international summer circuit...
holy roman empire
Peter H. Wilson asks us to reimagine the premodern world in The Holy Roman Empire It was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire – or so we learned in school. Voltaire’s deprecating but irresistible quip was aimed with scornful élan at what we today term a failed state. Its sentiment, shared by Hegel and James Madison, rests upon the...
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Vienna film commision
No Mission is Impossible A damsel in yellow silk pressed tightly against his body, special agent Ethan Hunt (alias Tom Cruise) is roping down from the roof of the Vienna Staatsoper. It’s a spectacular scene crowning the 2015 blockbuster Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, made possible by the behind-the-scenes efforts of the Vienna Film Commission. Celebrating 8 years of supporting filmmakers...
a monster calls
A visually stunning film about the fundamental truths of life and the monsters lurking in the dark places. An adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-­winning dark fantasy novel of the same name, A Monster Calls is a poetic study in dealing with inner turmoil. 12-year-old Conor has more than his share of troubles – losing his mother to terminal illness, the...
donauinselfest
Notable tributes and newcomers make this year a salute to musical innovators then and now. June in Vienna just wouldn’t feel the same without thousands flocking to the Donauinsel, the city’s cherished recreational island, for Europe’s biggest annual open-air event. Sponsored by the city’s ruling party the Social Democrats, the festival beckons with free admission and eight stages featuring acts...
Wiener festwochen
The Wiener Festwochen push the envelope with a new co-director setting the tone Being voted “most-livable” city can be a double-edged sword. Every metropolis has its charms – a heady mix of unique tastes and memorable experiences. Living up to such an accolade isn’t easy. What sets Vienna apart is the sheer number of world-class events, many of them offered for...
Shōchiku
Societal upheaval, as shown by Japanese cinema. Influenced by the French nouvelle vague and a budding generation gap as postwar children came of age, Japanese cinema underwent tectonic changes during the late 1950s and 1960s. Facing commercial and cultural irrelevance after youth-oriented blockbusters by rivals, Shōchiku, Japan’s oldest film studio, decided to break tradition by proclaiming a “new wave” of...
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