December/January 2015/2016

Art & Money: Does price define value?

Peter Vergo’s re-issued “Art in Vienna, 1898-1918,” recounts the fitful birth of the Modern In conservative Vienna of the 1890s, culture had ossified, while the world around it was being reinvented through industry and scientific progress.  The writer Hermann Bahr, a driving force of Jung Wien (Young Vienna), argued that life in Vienna had been […]
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Helga Nowotny takes on institutional science in her new book: The Cunning of Uncertainty Helga Nowotny is fascinated with uncertainty. Not with its risks, but with its possibilities. As a scholar and former president of the European Research Council (ERC), this has been her life-blood. We have “entered a phase in which uncertainty … is […]
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Silvesterpfad
Ringing in the New Year takes you through the many-sided Viennese soul This article has been updated to reflect the 2017/2018 times and dates.  Beneath the majesty of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, two slinky Goths in thick eyeshadow and black nail polish are dancing in a loving embrace to the strains of the Blue Danube Waltz, […]
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A plethora of performances on stages both large and small, to delight even the youngest. So borrow a child and go! One of the most wondrous moments I remember with my elder son was his rapt attention, sitting in my lap, watching his first live ballet. He was two. It had been an experiment, in the […]
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Skiing
The sequestered slopes and secluded log cabins of Zettersfeld offer a different kind of skiing holiday. There’s a certain romance in packing a week’s provisions into the cabins of a gondola cable car. OK, this is hardly the pioneer spirit of a ski trip to wilder parts of Alaska, but when you are leaving the […]
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Wines
It’s one of the miracles of Vienna – most of Austria’s greatest wines grow right nearby. ON THE VINE will guide you through our wine regions, wines and some of the growers behind them. Burgenland is first on the tour. Traveling south-east out of Vienna, once past Schwechat, the Pannonian plain is flat to Budapest – […]
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At the Kunstsupermarkt, original art has a tiny price tag. Who knows? You may pick up the next Ernst Fuchs, Hermann Nitsch or Gottfried Helnwein. What ever happened to art being a “matter of taste”? If people didn’t have to be rich, eccentric and well-connected to purchase original art we might get closer to enjoying the […]
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Steiereck’s Chef Heinz Reitbauer’s quest is perfection – or a reflection of the essence. Chef Heinz Reitbauer ends many of his sentences with a pleasant “ja.” Like a graceful exclamation point, it befits his Restaurant Steirereck, currently listed as number 15 of the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants.” In Austria, he and his restaurant are unarguably […]
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Citizens and celebrities gather at the ORF Radiokulturhaus to mourn and protest the passing of an era. Early in Spring, Das Ohr, the four-meter high ear sculpture standing outside the Radiokulturhaus on Argentinierstrasse, was attacked with green paint by a 45-year old woman. Quickly apprehended by security, she said simply “I don’t like it.” What’s […]
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