Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Waiting for Summer

This May is so annoying: after 1-2 days with sunshine and nice temperatures, there are always several cold and rainy days. Let's hope that June finally brings the summer!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Yellow Mansion

A beautiful yellow mansion in the 13th district.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday Flowers #292

“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” - Unknown

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Greened up Tree Pit

If you live in Vienna, love to garden but don't have a garden of your own, you can become a "tree patron" which means that you are officially allowed to transform a tree pit in your own small garden - you just have to apply at the competent area renewal office. I think this is a very good idea, the city gets more green without spending money and hobby gardeners get a "playground". I hope the dogs and human passersby respect these little gardens...

Friday, May 24, 2019

Evening Sky

The sky looked rather dramatic some days ago when I returned home...

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Front Door

One day I want to have a front door like this one in the 13th district and decorate it with two boxtrees.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Quiet Street

A quite street in the 13th district with small mansions side by side...

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A Mansion in the 13th District

It's nice to take a walk in the 13th district because you can have a look at a lot of beautiful mansions.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Maria Hietzing Church

The catholic parish and pilgrimage church Maria Hietzing is located in the oldest part of the 13th district.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday Flowers #291

"Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet." - Jeremy Bentham

Friday, May 17, 2019

Time to Relax

Visiting a museum can be tiring. Gladly the Museum of Applied Arts has prepared some beds where the visitors can relax, take a nap, have a look at the beautiful ceiling or just check their phones...

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Chinese Contemporary Art #4

With this photo ends our short tour of the exhibition  "中国私语 CHINESE WHISPERS: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection" at the Museum of Applied Arts. In his works Shi Jinsong investigates the sociocultural transformation in China between tradition and modernity in the context of hybridity, synthesis and symbolism. The sculpture "Lack Pine Tree" (2011) is composed of the fragments of trees chopped down around his studio.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Chinese Contemporary Art #3

In his sculpture "The Death of Marat" He Xiangyu created a life-size fiberglass sculpture of the artist Ai Weiwei’s corpse lying contorted face down on the ground. The title of the work refers to the 18th century portrait by Jaques-Louis David of the French revolutionary leader murdered in his bath. In a similar vein, Xiangyu's work reflects the political persecution of progressive thinkers and artists who have been silenced and imprisoned; hence, the choice to use Ai Weiwei, most well-known for his openly critical stance against the Chinese government. Weiwei has become a symbol of the struggle for human rights in China.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Chinese Contemporary Art #2

The monumental chandelier ("Descending Light with A Missing Circle") by Ai Weiwei appears to have fallen to the floor and points to the decay and ruptures of modern society in China. In the 20th century, the colour red, in China traditionally a symbol of luck in all its conflictive facets, became the colour of revolution, progress and political power through the ideology of communism.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Chinese Contemporary Art #1

Yesterday I went to see the exhibition "中国私语 CHINESE WHISPERS: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection" at the Museum of Applied Arts. The collector Uli Sigg has been following the development of contemporary art in China since the late 1970s. In the mid-1990s, he started putting together the world’s most significant and representative collection of Chinese art. In this photo you can see the work "Temporary Actor A" by Liu Ding. The painting can be viewed as a comment on the interpretation of the ideals of aniquity in the display of male and female figures for Maoist propaganda language. (Yes, I copied the label of the painting...)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday Flowers #290

"Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you." - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Forecast for Tomorrow

In Austria tomorrow is Mother's Day and according to the weather forecast it will be a cold and rainy day, just like last Sunday when I took this photo. I guess there won't be a lot of family outings tomorrow...

Friday, May 10, 2019

Door with Flowers

During my walks I'm always keeping an eye out for beautiful doors. Some months ago I discovered these gorgeous details on a door in the 3rd district.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Beautiful Outdoor Area

I like this outdoor area of an expensive restaurant hidden in a courtyard in the city center. I can't afford ot eat there, but gladly taking photos is free. Click here for an older photo.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Bernardikapelle

The baroque Bernardikapelle is located in the city center. It belongs to the Cistercians of the Heiligenkreuz Abbey in Lower Austria and originally served the abbot as private chapel when he had to stay in Vienna for a longer period of time.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Coffee Break

When it's raining and you are fed up of with touring the city or you got too wet, you can take a break in one of Vienna's countless cafés. Since 2011, the traditional Viennese coffee house culture has even belonged to the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO. If you want to know more about the popular coffee types served in Austria, please click here.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Braving the Rain

Yesterday it was raining all day long and we had only 6°C (42,8 °F). It feeled like in November. I went out only for a short walk and was cold despite my thin winter jacket. I was sorry for all the tourists who were touring the city in this weather.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunday Flowers #289

"You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way." - Walter Hagen

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Cute Birdhouses

Aren't these colourful birdhouses cute? I discovered them in the 19th district.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Surrounded by Nature

I guess it's not bad to live in this house, surrounded by nature.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Taking a Break

I have this thing with photographing people sitting on benches... For more photos please click hereherehereherehere and here

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May Theme Day: Purple

Currently the lilac is blooming all over Vienna.
Click here to view the photos of all participants in the theme day.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A Special Guided Tour

On Sunday afternoon I participated for the second time in a guided tour at the Kunsthistorisches Museum by drag queen and art educator Tiefe Kümmernis. This time the focus of the tour was on the fashion in the paintings. It was an interesting afternoon, and the styling of the drag queen was as spectacular as always.