Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Last weekend the "13th Vienna Citrus Days" took place at the Schönbrunn Orangery and this time I finally made it there. The information and sales exhibition presented a historic collection of citrus trees, the program also included tastings of culinary specialties, guided tours and lectures. It was really interesting to see how many different kinds of citrus fruits exist.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
"Escape the Golden Cage", an exhibition of urban art, currently takes place in the basement of Kinsky Palace in the city center. The presented works are inspired by street art, graffiti and the urban life. The exhibition runs through May, 31; the admission is free. The two paintings in this photo by Ellannah Sadkin are entitled "Sylvester and Tweetie" and "Pinky and the Brain".
Friday, May 17, 2013
The trophies of war stuccoed onto the walls of the Marble Gallery refer to the military successes of Prince Eugen of Savoy, whose apotheosis is presented in the stucco relief on the ceiling: He is enthroned well armed in centerfield and receives awards, whereas hatred and envy are dispelled from peace.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Originally this was a conversation room with wall covering made of silk painted with trees branches and birds. Under Empress Maria Theresia the room was transformed into a gold cabinet (or mirror and porcelain cabinet). It is assumed that the gold cabinet presented itself with its new appearance in 1765.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Lower Belvedere was constructed from 1712 until 1716 for Prince Eugene of Savoy and designed by Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, one of the most important Austrian baroque architects. The Lower Belvedere served as a residential palace whereas the Upper Belvedere served for representative purposes in particular. Besides this, the Lower Belvedere also held parts of the princes’ collections. Today it houses special exhibtions of the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The bronze sculpture "Ferryman" (1997) by the British artist Tony Cragg is located in front of the Austrian Post Savings Bank (Österreichische Postsparkasse) building.
Monday, May 13, 2013
The Austrian Post Savings Bank (Österreichische Postsparkasse) building is a famous Jugendstil building, designed by Austrian architect Otto Wagner and constructed between 1904 and 1906. It occupies an entire city block and is regarded as an important early work of modern architecture. The entire façade is covered with square marble plates, these are attached to the main brick structure with mortar and ornamented with iron bolts with aluminium caps, which themselves form a pattern. The architect kept the design very minimalistic and simple, his aim was to convey the sense of a strong, impenetrable bank in which customers would know their money was safe. Only at the upper part of the exterior Wagner added more elaborated ornaments, such as statues of female angels holding laurels in both hands. Nowadays a part of the the building is used as museum (Wagner:Werk - Museum Postsparkasse).
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
As I told you already Thursday was a holiday (Ascension), and as the weather was rather summerly, everybody was out and about. I took this photo in the Stadtpark where every lawn was occupied by people sunbathing, making picnics, reading, people-watching...
Friday, May 10, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Today is holiday (Ascension) and the weather is warm and sunny. I´m sure the outdoor areas of the cafés and restaurants will be crowded today - like last Saturday when I took this photo on Franziskanerplatz in the city center.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
According to the weather forecast today will be a rainy and not paticularly warm day - the perfect excuse to publish another photo of deserted tables and chairs ;-) I love these bright colours! You have seen these tables/chairs already here and here.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Last autumn I discovered this antiques and second hand furniture shop in the 6th district. Yesterday I passed by another time and finally there were some pieces of furniture outside that I could photograph.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I love to watch people who look at works of art. Here´s a visitor admiring the painting "Krumau on the Moldova (The Small Town III)" by Austrian painter Egon Schiele at the Leopold Museum which houses the most substantial and most important collection of Schiele worldwide.
Monday, April 29, 2013
In the museum shop at the Lower Belvedere you can buy catalogues, books, postcards and many other beautiful things things related to the current exhibtions but also enjoy the beautiful hall itself.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Yesterday opened the largest shopping center in downtown Vienna, measuring 30.000 m² of retail space - "Wien Mitte The Mall". It´s one part of the Wien Mitte complex which houses also public transportation (Wien Mitte is the most important central transport hub) and office space. I haven´t been inside yet, but some weeks ago I passed by this new building and took this picture. It was somewhat weird to finally see this huge modern building after having passed by its ugly predecessor and then the construction site for years on my way home from my old job.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
I still don't know why I'm so attracted to deserted tables and chairs but I just can't help it, they always catch my eyes. I have already passed by this outdoor area of a café in the 19th district several times, but last Sunday I finally took a picture.