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Monday, January 22, 2018

December/January 2017/2018


maria großbauer
Maria Großbauer, Vienna’s youngest-ever Opera Ball director on sugarcoated memories, the importance of storytelling and why debutantes should wear their hair upOn the way to meet Maria Großbauer, the new director of the most famous and prestigious ball in the world, I’m guided through hidden corridors between the backstage area and public access to the loge boxes. A clunky...
Polaroid project
Predating Instagram by several decades, Polaroid’s instant photographs were a hit from the mid-20th century up to the digital revolution, fitting all darkroom procedures inside the camera and promising the “60-second excitement.”While never displacing conventional film, artists and consumers alike loved the spontaneity of the format, with the 1970s-era SX-70 in particular defining the technology everyone had to try...
In the ornate Palais Todesco, right across from the Vienna State Opera, Gerstner hosts a Viennese Sunday brunch that will wow visitors and locals alike.Guests enjoy a choice selection of Viennese cuisine surrounded by gilded moldings and historic ceiling frescos, grand fire places and detailed wood paneling in its restaurant on the second floor.From 11:00 to 14:00, guests can enjoy a delicious appetizer buffet with cuts of veal tenderloin, Volcano ham and crab salad. Main courses are prepared fresh by Gerstner’s chefs...
loving vincent movie
Loving Vincent recreates van Gogh’s artwork in animated oil paintingsIf painters express themselves through their art, biographers are at a disadvantage: they may capture the person, but their message might prove harder. Unless, of course, you make that message the medium. Loving Vincent, a new take on the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, manages just that by...
Gerstner Director Oliver Braun
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Thomas Brezina
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bassena meaning
To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this month’s cheat sheet.BASSENANoun. Orig., either French basin or Italian bacino, both meaning basin;a communal water tap with an enamel sink located on the landing of an Altbau (old apartment building, generally pre-WWI). In times past, running water...
vintage wine vienna
The unique qualities of older vintages aren’t apparent, so let an expert’s insight guide you.Old wines hold a certain mystery. With their dusty labels, shelved away in chilly cellars, their allure is in the rediscovery. Like a message in a bottle (quite literally), the value of the contents has as much to do with its transformation as with the...