editors letter art
Art is always of its time, and the best of it, timeless. From classical portraiture to contemporary installations, visual art recreates life, nature and emotion through the filters of skill and the human imagination.Art provokes awe, puzzlement, joy and ridicule. The work of one artist rarely resembles that of the next and, along with technological and societal advances, art evolves with us.In Vienna, it has...
readers march 2018
Many thanks for your thoughts, ideas and insights! If you have something to say about Vienna or a story you read here, tell us all about it. Send an email to office@metropole.at.Dear Metropole staff, Thank you for this wonderful and informative article on Maestro Bernstein and his relationship to Vienna and its music. Bernstein’s accomplishments and artistry are legendary. On a personal note, I was...
Frauen*Volksbegehren
Ten days after the official start of the Frauen*Volksbegehren – the petition for a referendum on women’s rights – organizers reported breaking the required 100,000 signature mark. Amazing? Yes. An easy win? No.The road to victory was paved with technical difficulties, both for Handysignatur (mobile phone) voters and those who flocked to the Magistrat. A technical overload crashed the...
angewandte
Art & Politics at the Angewandte Austrian art and politics have always been entangled in an interdependent, uneasy relationship – often the more uneasy the better, as far as the quality is concerned. And current political trends suggest this is likely to continue.The artists of the Wiener Aktionisten were particularly (in)famous, defying both authorities and good taste, setting out...
moralism arts
Just as we should not condemn a work of art because of the artist’s private behavior, we should also be careful about applying norms of social respectability to artistic expression.Egon Schiele was jailed for corrupting young girls. Rembrandt cruelly mistreated his mistress, Picasso was beastly to his wives, Caravaggio lusted after young boys and was a murderer. If we...
Waltraut Cooper
Light artist Waltraut Cooper’s installations have broken ground for decades. We spoke about digitizing the UN, the Biennale and world peace.Her wild, neon red hair makes her impossible to miss. It fits the style of her art, flamboyant, but reduced to the essentials. She is shy, almost reserved, but with a boisterous laugh and keen mind, seemingly ready for...
austrian news february 2018
A quick-and-dirty synopsis of recent headlines in Vienna.The FPÖ Battles Austria’s Public Broadcaster & History The new year for the new government started with controversies centered on vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache’s Freedom Party (FPÖ), the junior partner in the new ruling coalition with the Conservatives (ÖVP).The FPÖ has long been targeting Austria’s public broadcaster ORF, accusing it of biased reporting. Now, two incidents have ratcheted up the pressure. In January,...
klimt woman in gold
Great art has the power of legend. So it’s perhaps not surprising that one of the most spectacular legal disputes in post-war Austria was over the “The Woman in Gold”, a legendary portrait by great Secession artist Gustav Klimt, retold in the 2015 movie starring Helen Mirren.The painting, “Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” was a portrait of the 26-year-old daughter of Viennese banker Moritz Bauer, completed by...
history art vienna
On this centennial of the deaths of four Viennese masters, the city looks back on the birth of modernism and a vision of the “total work of art,” an enduring impulse of creative excellence.By Sam Jackson & Dardis McNamee - With additional reporting by Teodora WeyrBy the time Ernst Fuchs and Arik Brauer arrived at Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts in...
jasper sharp
Art can be a solitary craft, but for inspiring masterpieces to reach us, they need to go through many hands.“A museum director I invited here raised his glass at dinner, and toasted ‘to Vienna, the best-kept secret in Europe!’ I love that and I hate it. There’s no reason it should be a secret.” Although he comes from a family...
gabriele rothemann
Art can be a solitary craft, but for inspiring masterpieces to reach us, they need to go through many hands.“I watch the students develop here until they are ready to leave. Then I can only tell them to trust in themselves, stand their ground, and keep going. When you’re an artist, there is no other way.” When we visited Gabriele...
Ernst hilger
Art can be a solitary craft, but for inspiring masterpieces to reach us, they need to go through many hands.“If you want to have one word for the future, it’s flexibility. The time is gone for stability in the sense of not being able to move. Unfortunately, stones don’t conquer the world – grasshoppers do.” Ernst Hilger, 68, is no...
lisl ponger
Art can be a solitary craft, but for inspiring masterpieces to reach us, they need to go through many hands.“Living abroad changed everything for me. You look differently at your own culture and can put it into context. You don’t have to pretend that your country’s the center of the world.” “This was my biggest studio ever,” said Austrian artist...
how to collect art
The scene may feel like an impenetrable world from the outside. In truth, it’s within any art lover’s reach. The trick is knowing where to look – and how.Last year, Leonardo da Vinci’s painting Salvator Mundi was sold through auction house Christie’s New York for a staggering $450.3 million – the highest amount ever paid for an artwork.Such exorbitant...
robot art
As robots and AI pervade our living rooms and workplaces, will they also hold the mirror up to our lives?Art is in the eye of the beholder, except in the art world, where value often has little to do with beauty, or even meaning. An artist’s story, their body of work, or a piece’s topicality can make all the...
brexit errors
Britain’s stumbling progress toward leaving the European Union is a case study in political mismanagement. With a year to go, it will most likely be a lose-lose for all concerned.As so often with disasters, Brexit began with a misunderstanding. The British misunderstood the EU from the start. They saw the (then) Common Market as a trading opportunity, with tedious...
empire republic austria reborn
As the Habsburg Empire entered the final year of the Great War, the future seemed wide open. A turbulent century followed.On a pleasant summer’s day in July of 1977, several dozen people gathered in the Cemetery of St. George, in Geneva, for the unveiling of a bronze statue, whose tidy locks were just visible over the heads of the crowd. From his gown, an academic or possibly...
Two young Austrians, one living in Brazil, with an occasional trip home, the other just back in Vienna, after extended stays in Prague, Strasbourg, Paris and northern Italy, talk about Austria – because there are things about the country that you only realize when you live abroad.By Jacob Lassar and Benjamin Wolf
austrian republic
Austria’s path from the heart of an empire to a resilient republic was a stony one. It’s the story of a country finding its identity.The Great War had begun with banners flying, with proud young soldiers in crisp uniforms marching off to heroism and the promise that they would be back by Christmas. At home, families were mobilized in support, volunteering in hospitals, writing letters and buying war bonds...
austria
It takes all types to build a Republic. We give a voice to people from different backgrounds and generations who shaped and continue to shape Austria.
There’s so much the “Land of Mountains, Land of Rivers” – as the anthem proclaims – has to offer. We've picked some of the loveliest spots and coolest activities for you.
akademie der bildenden künste
The Akademie der bildenden Künste has helped turn generations of students from all over the world into masters of the visual arts.Behind the heavy wooden doors, the whitewashed walls were crammed with lockers and board shelving stocked with sawdust-caked machinery, well-oiled and ready to use.
 But not today, as students, layered against the January chill, summoned their courage to...
gumpendorf
As dawn breaks in Gumpendorf, you can observe two very different types of early morning creatures: You might catch bearded barroom revolutionaries stumbling out into the glaring sunlight – or you may see young parents carrying organic groceries in cotton bags in one hand and pushing a baby stroller with the other.Each are very different, but both are very...
gutmenschen
Austria’s current political situation is scathingly portrayed in Gutmenschen.Tragedy need not be spectacular; sometimes all it takes to tear a life apart is a single letter. Gutmenschen, a new play by the Volkstheater ensemble and the Israeli born, award-winning director Yael Ronen, illustrates that with great humor and yet still manages to touch. Named after a derogatory German term...
Dennis Kozeluh
Veteran actor Dennis Kozeluh on improvisation and musical entertainment.“I didn’t think I’d spend my life on stage, but I have!”, Dennis Kozeluh laughs, an easy smile on his face. Part of the noted local improv group The English Lovers for 20 years, his voice is warm and vibrant, the dark wooden table he keeps knocking on to punctuate his...
klimt
Frederick Baker’s tour de force Klimt’s Magic Garden premiers a work and a technology.This is not the Klimt that launched a thousand place mats and filled the bottomless shelves of souvenir shops ... This is Klimt as you have never seen him before. If indeed it is Klimt.Frederick Baker, an Austro-British filmmaker and media all-rounder, has created something unique...
Keith Haring
A tribute to the artist, 
from graffiti to the Guggenheim.One of the most recognized artists of the 1980s, Keith Haring channeled ancient cave paintings and graffiti to create a universal symbolism that could reach anyone. Starting his career drawing white chalk outlines on blank advertising spaces in New York City subway stations, he was arrested for vandalism several times,...
elina brotherus
The noted contemporary photographer blends formality with playfulness.Autobiographical and perfectionistic, Elina Brotherus’ mid-career retrospective puts her on the backseat and lets the viewer take the wheel on a journey towards projection and introspection. A Finn residing in France, Brotherus first exhibited internationally in 1998 while she was still a student in Helsinki, making a name for herself with formally...
slick rick
One of hip-hop’s founding fathers, Slick Rick weaves stories out of street life.A legend in his own time, Slick Rick is a name revered among the old-school hip-hop crowd, hailed as an inspiration for the likes of OutKast, Snoop Dogg, Nas and Eminem. Yet to a wider audience, the self-proclaimed “Ruler” Slick Rick may be the greatest artist they’ve...
hilary hahn
The Texan orchestra makes its Vienna debut alongside a star soloist.Fresh off winning a Grammy this year for their rendition of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, the Houston Symphony orchestra is making its first appearance in Vienna as part of a European Tour. To celebrate the Leonard Bernstein centennial, the ensemble of 88 will perform pieces from Bernstein’s musical On The...
Fu Manchu
Fu Manchu, the masters of stoner rock return with a fuzzy new album.One of stoner rock’s most celebrated names, Fu Manchu and their distortion-heavy, driven sound and carefree lyrics about muscle cars, skateboarding science fiction and women have made them heroes among fans of the genre. Formed in 1985 as a hardcore band in Southern California, the quartet has...
score
Score gives a rundown on the history, impact and craft of composing film music.Film soundtracks and their composers wield subtle power: Ideally, their work remains unobtrusive, enhancing a scene while never overshadowing it. But music has a profound, intangible effect, raising pulses and emotions; the very best scores remain with you long after you’ve forgotten a movie’s plot or...
the florida project
Indie favorite Sean Baker looks at life on the seedy fringes of Disney World through the eyes of a child.Fresh off reaping praise for his 2015 film Tangerine, a film shot entirely with iPhones, director Sean Baker’s latest is more conventional in form, although its topic is anything but: The Florida Project portrays poverty as seen through the rosy...
tonya
The bitter fall of one of figure skating’s biggest stars relives one of sport’s most infamous scandals.With black humor and sequined costumes, I, Tonya revives the lurid true story of American figure skater Tonya Harding, only the second woman to complete a triple axel in competition. However, she is far better known today for her fierce rivalry with fellow...
pale rider
Laura Spinney’s Pale Rider is a portrait of the life and science of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918.Did you get your flu shot this year? Statistics say you probably didn’t. To most of us, the flu is nothing more than a few days off work with a fever. Although headlines about bird flu or swine flu briefly create...
yiza
Austrian author Michael Köhlmeier looks at the refugee crisis from a child’s perspective.Michael Köhlmeier’s startling new novella Yiza is written so bewitchingly unadorned that one can lose sight of the trauma and brutality contained within. “The man was her uncle,” Köhlmeier begins. “She didn’t know what the word meant. She was six years old.” Here, Köhlmeier introduces us to...
top 10 picks stream march
There’s so much good television on streaming websites, not to mention the films. It’s impossible to keep track of what is worth your time. When it’s cold outside, it’s time to cuddle up with a good movie or start binging your next series.
florentin 1090
Florentin 1090 joins the growing number of Israeli restaurants, but remains behind the competition.Between Ottolenghi in London, Miznon in Paris, and Tel Aviv in Warsaw, Israeli restaurants are enjoying a boom in Europe. And Vienna is certainly no exception. Miznon – whole charred cauliflower in tow – arrived in the First District in 2016, nestling in alongside NENI am...
rinkhy little plates
Two Canadian brothers serve a culinary travelogue in bite-sized portions.Convinced that the only thing better than an intimate wine bar is one where you can enjoy a good bite while you drink, brothers Alex and Andrew Rinkhy have opened their own tapas-inspired eatery with an emphasis on seafood, serving regional wines with small but exquisite snacks intended for sharing. Growing...
austrian red wines
Austrian reds have struggled to catch up with their magnificent white cousins, but the best are now coming of age.Historically, Austria has always been white wine territory, that freshly drawn carafe of iconic Grüner Veltliner greeting you in your favorite Vienna Heuriger. Red wine was, well, there and we drank it. But this began to change in the 1980s,...
ZWE
Adored by local musicians and always welcoming, ZWE keeps local jazz alive.The “city of music” may be best known for classical fare, but unsurprising for the birth place of all-time great Joe Zawinul, Vienna has a fertile underground network of jazz dives, intimate locales hosting gifted young musicians that play to passionate locals. Just a few paces from Donaukanal,...
sustainable brands
Dress well and do good: Being an urban fashionista has never been this sustainable.STELLA McCARTNEY Paul McCartney’s daughter has decided that her label should be part of the solution, not the problem. Founded in 2001, McCartney keeps challenging the brand to come up with sustainable materials each season, following her guidelines of no leather, fur or feathers. You’ll find everything here, from color changing swim-wear for kids to...
local finds march
With spring waiting in the wings, we look at the essentials – stress relief, comfy furniture and a touch of culture.Schwerelos Floating gives you a sense of weightlessness, granting stress relief as you’re suspended in a huge pool of salt water, kept at body temperature in a lightless, warm room. Invented back in the 1950s, this relaxation technique is now available to everyone, thanks to...
to be a muse
The photographer and artist Lilya Corneli and stylist Olga Schloemer launched the Project "To Be a Muse" after Corneli was inspired by Vienna's great portrait painters, like Klimt and Schiele. She took a look-alike selfie, posted it on instagram and the concept was born. She then invited friends to reenact the artwork and now she offers two-day experiences for visitors to Vienna. tobeamuse.artPhotographer & Founder...
It may have an ultra light frame weighing only 14 grams, but this beast is no featherweight, piping superb wireless stereo sound into your daily routine. sennheiser.atThe trousers’ dark blue and glossy red stripes, combined with the white stitched navy blazer is the perfect ensemble for the first garden party of the season.tigerofsweden.comThe vintage collections of Lulu range from briefcases to clutches, all adorned with its iconic red lips. This tote bag might just be...
obergurgl skiing
The Obergurgl region's rich snowfalls make it a skiing paradise beyond wintertime.As I walked out of the Alpine Hotel Laurin in Hochgurgl in the early morning this January, Martin, a seasonal worker from Czechia, was clearing a walkway that had disappeared overnight under freshly fallen snow. “Ah, this is nothing special,” he said, noticing my childishly-delighted expression, “only 50...
vienna indoor bouldering halls
Indoor bouldering halls combine exercise with socializing.Austrians have an undeniable love for mountaineering, with many possessing an idiosyncratic urge to climb any sheer rock face they see. Out of a population of over 8 million, 545,000 are members of the Österreichischer Alpenverein (Austrian Alpine Association), an umbrella organization for all things mountaineering. With the likes of Heinrich Harrer and...
A new collection of local hot spots and events to discover! To advertise please contact ads@metropole.atCAFÉ RITTER OTTAKRING This charming old-style coffee house is quintessentially Viennese and situated smack in the middle of one of Vienna’s trendiest neighborhoods. It’s been an institution since 1907 and holds its own as one of the few traditional coffeehouses in the area. Besides delicious coffee and mouthwatering Viennese cuisine,...
buergerschreck 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.BürgerschreckNoun. Lit. “Terrorizer of the Bourgeoisie;” A person who deliberately tries to shock and offend the conservative middle classes with provocative behavior. Most commonly used in reference to Punk rockers, artists, Anarcho-Communists, exhibitionists, juvenile delinquents, Hippies, drag...
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