Friday, October 20, 2017

Green Door

I love beautiful doors. This green one "belongs" to the Neudeckerhof, a house in the 19th district, built in 1577. The flowers don't look bad either...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Autumnal Leaves

Even though I don't like autumn (mostly because of the season that follows), I have to admit that the colours of nature are beautiful at this time of the year.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Looking at Vienna

The view from the top of Kahlenberg is beautiful, you see really a great part of the town. By the way, I don't know this girl, I just wanted to have her in my photo...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sitting, Watching...

On Sunday I took another walk in the 19th district, this time I climbed Kahlenberg. On my way I stumbled upon this couple, taking a break and enjoying the view of the town.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Enjoying the Late Indian Summer

We are currently having a late Indian summer. In Austria temperatures around 20°C (68° F) are very unusual at this time of the year. It's strange to see people in t-shirts and shorts when the trees lose their leaves... On Saturday this woman enjoyed the beautiful weather on the banks of the Old Danube and her top was matching the autumnal colours.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Flowers #248

"Autumn is springtime in reverse." - Terri Guillemets

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday Afternoon Walk

On Saturdays I usually run errands, but last week I preferred to  take a walk along the Old Danube before I had to go to work because of the "Long Night of Museums". It was a sunny, but stormy afternoon.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Stopping for a Bite to Eat

Well, I didn't stop for a bite to eat, but these tables with their plaid table-clothes looked really inviting...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kaasgrabenkirche

Towards the end of my last walk in the 19th district, I passed by the idyllically situated Kaasgrabenkirche. I like the contrast of the modern buildings in the background. For more photos of the church please cklick here, here and here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

View of the Town #16

I enjoyed this view of the town during my last afternoon walk in the 19th district.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Small Street

A narrow street in the 19th district... - it leads to the American International School that I showed you yesterday.

Monday, October 9, 2017

American International School

The American International School (AIS) was founded in 1959 by the Embassies of the United States and Canada. At that time 234 students from 17 countries were enrolled in the school. In 1964 the school moved to its current 44.000 sqm site in the 19th district, close to the Vienna Woods. Today AIS serves approximately 800 students from 60 countries. The school is divided into thress divisions: Elementary (pre-kindergarten to grade five), Middle (grades six to eight), and High School (grads nine to twelve). AIS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, USA, and the Council of International Schools, and is recognized by the Austrian Ministry of Education.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday Flowers #247

"October is a symphony of permanence and change." - Bonaro W. Overstreet

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Long Night of Museums

Tonight the Long Night of Museums, organised by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF, takes place for the 18th time. 129 museums all over Austria open their doors from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and can be visited with only one ticket. Usually the museums offer a varied programme during this special night. The ticket is also valid for the shuttle busses that facilitate the commuting from one museum to another. This initiative brings a lot of people into museums that usually don't have a great interest in culture. And for me it means that I'm on duty from 4 p.m. to 1.a.m...

Friday, October 6, 2017

Dom Museum Wien #3

The Otto Mauer Collection includes modern and contemporary art, such as works by expressionists and secessionists as well as by key figures of the Austrian and international avant-garde. The works of this collection are juxtaposed and contextualized with historic objects. The catholic priest Otto Mauer was a one of the most important collectors and promoters of modern art in Austria after 1945. In the 1950s he founded the "Galerie nächst St. Stephan" which became Vienna's most important gallery of the avant-garde.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dom Museum Wien #2

The unique objects of the collection of St. Stephen's Cathedral date back to the Middle Ages, to the period of Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria, the founder of St. Stephen's Cathedral. The collection comprises also sculptures, precious altars, richly adorned sacred objects, portraits, liturgical manuscripts, books and vestments.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dom Museum Wien #1

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to visit the Dom Museum Wien one week before its reopening. During the past years the museum underwent a major architectural redesign and relaunch. The museum houses the historic treasures from St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Archdiocese as well as avant-garde classics from the Otto Mauer Collection.
In the entrance area you can now find a museum shop, a new round glass elevator and a winding staircase take the visitors up to the museum galleries.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Town Town #2

That's what you see if you stand between the two "skyscrapers" of Town Town and look up.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Town Town #1

Town Town is a "business city" in the 3rd district. It consists of 19 company buildings designed by well-known teams of architects. I recently was there in the early evening when most offices were already closed and the area was deserted...

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Theme Day: Sensual

The two former world's fair pavillions that now house the federal sculptor's studios are surrounded by a park where you can find several scultpures. One of them looks rather sensual...
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

European Heritage Days #2

The two former world's fair pavillions with a total net floor area of 3.500 sqm house 23 studios from 45 up to 435 sqm. The studios are intended for aspiring artists who have already achieved a certain life's work in the field of sculpture and object art. The artists have to apply for a studio at the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery. An independent jury then decides who can move in for seven years. Austrian sculptor Ulrike Truger is one of the lucky few.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

European Heritage Day #1

Last Sunday was "Tag des Denkmals", the Austrian version of the European Heritage Days. The aim of this day is to widen access and foster care for architectural and environmental heritage. The annual programme offers opportunities to visit buildings, monuments and sites many of which normally are not accessible to the public. I went to see the federal sculptors' studios in the Prater. The two buildings, designed by Austrian architect Carl Hasenauer, are the only remains of the 1873 Vienna World's Fair

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Contemporary Art

Here is a collage of four artworks that have been on show at the recent viennacontemporary art fair and that caught my eyes. Can you guess which of them was a big hit on the social media?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Entrance to the Art Fair

In this photo of the entrance area of the viennacontemporary you can see a little of the wrought iron construction of the Marx Halle.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Marx Halle

As I have already told you, I attended the opening of the art fair viennacontemporary last Wednesday. I didn't feel very well that night, so on Saturday I decided to go there one more time. The fair was held at the Marx Halle in the 3rd district. The listed building was erected at the end of the 19th century and originally housed the local cattle market, today it serves as a venue for large-scale events, concerts and fairs. Marx Halle was the first building in Vienna to have a wrought iron structure.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Flowers #246

"Just before the death of flowers,
and before they are buried in snow, 
There comes a festival season 
When nature is all aglow." - Author Unknown

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Autumnal Shop Window

The window display of the department store Steffl looks already a lot like autumn...

Friday, September 22, 2017

Beginning of Autumn

The astronomical autumn begins today even though it has been feeling like autumn already for several days. Autumn is definitely not my favourite season, but I would love to eat this cake...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Just another Work of Art...

Yesterday evening I was at the opening of the art fair viennacontemporary  where around 100 galleries from 26 countries present contemporary art with a focus on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. In this pohoto you see a work of Austrian artists Maria Anwander and Ruben Aubrecht. The ironic title of "Just another Work of Art which will not go down in History" refers to the postmodern dictum that there are no more masterpieces.