Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Unburdened

The Ringturm houses the headquarters of an insurance company and for the ninth time in 2016 it is wrapped with an over-sized artwork during the summer months. The monumental art installation "Unburdened" by Czech painter Ivan Exner shows a boy standing on a hill flying kites.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Aiming High

Hello! I'm back! Last week's break wasn't planned... I was on vacation (in Paris) and intended to publish as usual, but then I didn't find the time. Now I'm (nearly) back to normal...
Some weeks ago I had the opportunity to take part in a private guided tour through the firefighters museum in the city center. The tour started with a ride on a ladder of a fire truck. The view from 30m above the ground was awesome.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Flowers #196

"Many people have never learned to see the beauty of flowers,
especially those that grow unnoticed."- Erika Just

Friday, July 15, 2016

Reflections #31

Reflections of the sky on the façade of an office building in the new "Sonnwendviertel" in the 10th district.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Quarter

In 2010 the Vienna South Station was demolished and replaced by the new Central Station, opened in 2014. The area of the former station has been converted into a new urban district, the so called "Sonnwendviertel", with office and apartment buildings. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

CityWave #2

Most of the group of sufers I was watching, were complete beginners so their "ride" didn't last very long. This guy was the best of them, I think he has already had some lessons...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

CityWave #1

Surfing in the very city center? Yes, that's possible! In Schwarzenbergplatz an artificial water wave has been erected. The citywave machine creates a consistent water pressure and a constant 1,4m high wave that can be surfed using regular surfboards. Anyone can learn to surf the waves in this area spanning 1.000 m2. An hour of surfing costs € 39,-, including surfboard and helmet. Admission into the grounds is free – those who don't want to surf can watch the surfers and enjoy the sun deck, with sun lounges, music, and culinary delights in the food area, or can shop for surfing accessories and streetwear.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Giant Ferris Wheel

The Giant Ferris Wheel  (Wiener Riesenrad), one of Vienna's landmarks, is located at the entrance of the Prater amusement park in the 2nd district. It was constructed in 1897 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Joseph I and was one of the earliest Ferris wheels ever built. In 1916 a demolition permit was issued, but the Ferris Wheel was saved from destruction due to a lack of money. During World War II it was completely burned down, in 1945 it was rebuilt and two years later taken back into operation.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Flowers #195

"Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity." - John Ruskin

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Hey You! It's Us!

This gallery in the city center doesn't limit exhibitions to the inside space, but often lets the artists also design the outside. Borjana Ventzislavova used mirror glass film and razor wire for her artwork "Hey you! It’s us!” that takes the Berlin Wall as a reference and reflects on the current phenomenon of enclosing Europe by building new walls and borders. She addresses our fear and puts a mirror in front of it – an uneven surface that reflects light and shadows, our own broken silhouettes.

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Waiting Soft Toy

When I was a child, I loved my soft toys very much and often took one of them with me to the park, playground or supermarket, but I would never have left it on a bicycle while visiting a museum - as someone did with this blue soft toy (Is it a polar bear?)...

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Umbrella/Parasol

Visiting a museum can be exhausting, especially for children. These two were recovering last Sunday on a bench in front of the Lower Belvedere - under an umbrella with Klimt's "The Kiss" that they used as parasol.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Majestic Gate

I should have started the week with this photo, because if you take the main entrance to the Upper Belvedere (as I did on Sunday) you have to pass through this majestic wrought iron gate.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

He's Still There

If I remember correctly, this  snowman sculpture by Austrian artist Manfred Erjautz in front of the Upper Belvedere should have been removed at the end of March. Well, on Sunday it was still there and a very popular photo subject for the tourists. Please click here for a photo taken in January.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Zodiac Heads

The Österreichische Galerie Belvedere is currently preparing an exhibition of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at the Upper Belvedere. The exhibition will stretch out into the baroque gardens, where the "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" - an ensemble of bronze heads from the Chinese zodiac - has already been set up.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sunday Flowers #194

"There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Green Doors

I love to sneak into courtyards... This one is located in the very city center. I love the arrangement of the flower pots and how the Virginia Creeper entwines around the two doors.

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Theme Day: Look Down

The beautiful mosaique floor in a small room of the Künstlerhaus. I better should have worn my golden sandals...
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Empty Museum

As the Künstlerhaus will be closed for renovation as of tomorrow and there wasn't any exhibition going on any more, the motto of the guided tour was "empty museum". The building wasn't completely empty, there were still ladders, tools, spotlights everywhere (it was fun to see how my fellow instagramers pounced on all these things with their cameras)
and one last artwork that has been badly stored for a long time. It will now be restored.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Künstlerhaus #2

The Künstlerhaus was designed by August Weber in the style of an Italian Renaissance villa and opened on 1 September 1868 as one of the earliest Ringstraße buildings. It was significantly expanded as early as 1882 with a pair of side wings - these were later used to house a cinema (from 1949) and a theatre (from 1974).

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Künstlerhaus #1

On Friday I participated in a guided tour for instagramers at the Künstlerhaus. The building was erected in 1868 as an event site and exhibition house for Austria's oldest (independant and private) artist association, "The Association of Austrian Artists Künstlerhaus". The association with nearly 500 member artists comprises a variety of fields such as painting, sculpting, architecture, applied arts and film, and sees itself as a platform for artists and art lovers. As of July 1st, the Künstlerhaus will be closed for renovation for a period of two years.

Monday, June 27, 2016

British Façade Detail

Instead of doing my usual evening bicycle tour, on Saturday I preferred to sit on a bench in a park, enjoy the quiet atmosphere and do some reading. Because of road works I had to make a little detour on my way home, and in one of the unfamiliar streets I discovered this interesting façade detail. I don't have any explanation for this "decoration", but it's a perfect subject to depict the fact that Great Britain is currently a central topic...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Flowers #193

"Flowers have a mysterious and subtle influence upon the feelings, not unlike some strains of music.
They relax the tenseness of the mind. They dissolve its vigor." -
Henry Ward Beecher

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Let's go Shopping!

Summer sale has already started, time to go shopping! I will do that without flamingos...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Sunset Obession #29

On Wednesday evening I didn't watch the crucial match of the Austrian football team in the  2016 UEFA European Championship, but took a bicyle tour and enjoyed this view shortly before I arrived at home. The football team lost and has already returned to Austria...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Man in a Boat

The Kunsthistorisches Museum is currently presenting the sculpture "Man in a Boat" by Australian artist Ron Mueck at the Theseustempel. The work was created during a residency at the National Gallery, London, in 2000/2. Mueck's sculptures faithfully reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but in considerably smaller or larger than life size. "Man in a Boat" has a little naked man (about half life-size) sitting at the front of a real (full-sized) rowing boat.  He is middle-aged and paunchy, his arms folded as he peers into the distance, his eyes evading any contact with the viewer. Deprived of oars, he has no way of controlling the course of his battered old boat and faces an uncertain future.   

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Good Luck to Austria

Today is an important day for the Austrian football team. They have to finally score a goal to enter the next round of the 2016 UEFA European Championship. Good luck, guys!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Chasing Soap Bubbles

It was fun watching these children chasing huge soap bubbles... They didn't get tired of trying to catch them...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

When I passed by the MuseumsQuartier yesterday afternoon, the atmosphere in the main courtyard was very relaxed. I guess most people were jusst listening to the "Weekend Sounds" (until June 26), electronic beats provided by renowned Djs...