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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

November 2016

Life & Death: The Viennese fascination with the macabre

Twelfth Night
This comedy comes from Illyria to commemorate the Bard’s deathFeaturing a woman surviving a shipwreck and disguising herself as her twin brother – while all the main characters find their love (temporarily) unrequited, this classic comedy of errors is among the more popular plays by Shakespeare. This version was first performed at the Midsummer Scene Festival at Dubrovnik, the...
khm clubbing
Booming bass and flowing drinks aim to dust off the image of a venerable institutionSome 125 years after opening to the public, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (the museum of art history, or KHM for short) might be forgiven its slightly tired reputation. One half of Vienna’s twin museums (the Natural History Museum, or NHM, faces it across Maria-Theresien-Platz), its collection...
color woodcut
How the Vienna Secession revived an archaic technique – in brilliant colorExploring a lesser-known chapter of the storied Secession, Vienna’s fin de siècle aesthetic reformers, the Albertina is presenting roughly 100 color woodcuts, including works by Koloman Moser, Carl Moll, and Emil Orlik. With their stylized motifs, prominent outlines and rich colors, they are high points in both craftsmanship and...
Styria's Spa Region
As cold weather takes over, the thermal baths of Styria’s Spa Region beckon for weekends of peace and warmthVienna is often called a “Dorf” (a village) albeit a cosmopolitan one – a place where everyone knows everyone else and things move at a slower pace. But it’s still a city, and despite ample greenery in the Prater, Schönbrunn park,...
Paterson
Jim Jarmusch’s ode to the everyday is nostalgic, delightful and poeticAn unabashed celebration of the quiet life, Paterson is Jim Jarmusch’s latest shot at an ephemeral film about nothing – but deliciously so. Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in Paterson, N.J. who writes poetry in his spare time and shuns computers and cell phones.Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) is...
hubert scheibl
The prominent Austrian artist redecorates the Belvedere’s OrangerieCelebrated as one of Austria’s most prominent contemporary artists, Hubert Scheibl uses vast canvases to create his signature abstract landscapes, oscillating between impenetrable, mystifying and sensual. His abundance of shapes and multitude of dimensions draws the observer in, confronting the limits of the visible. Particularly notable is Scheibl’s affinity for soft lighting, suggesting...
I, Daniel Blake
British director Ken Loach takes on the welfare bureaucracyAfter rumors of retiring, director and social activist Ken Loach, the master of kitchen sink realism, instead transfixed audiences by winning his second Palme d’Or at Cannes this year for I, Daniel Blake. With the wounds of the global recession still fresh, Loach explores Britain’s welfare state in stunning detail, a system...
Death in Vienna
Some Viennese may play down any special relationship with death. But, then again, it’s probably better not to take any chances...It was a stunningly beautiful summer’s day on July 16, 2011, for the final farewell to Otto von Habsburg, the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary. And for this day of days, Vienna had pulled out all the stops. By two o’clock, an...
Blue Bird Festival
The Vienna Songwriting Association puts indie music on center stageGiving artists the chance to wow an audience hungry for newcomers, the Blue Bird Festival beckons with an eclectic line-up of rock, folk, blues, electric and country, showcasing the versatility of contemporary folk and singer/songwriting.Organized by the not-for-profit Vienna Songwriting Association, the three-day festival is now in its 12th edition,...
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