Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Flowers #233

"A rose must remain with the sun and the rain or its lovely promise won't come true." - Ray Evans

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined #4

To conclude our visit of the exhibition "The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined" here are three dresses created by Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen for her autumn/winter 2016/2017 collection, exhibited in the magnificent Gold Cabinet of Prince Eugene of Savoy's Winter Palace.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined #3

This insteresting ensemble was created by Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck for his autumn/winter collection 2010/2011, the hat is a design by British milliner Stephen Jones.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined #2

Another beautiful ensemble designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior for the autum/winter collection 1998/1999. The painting by Johann Gottfried Auerbach in the background shows Prince Eugene of Savoy as Commander.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined #1

Last week I went to see the exhibiton "The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined" at the Belvedere's Winter Palace for the second time. The show deals with the controversial theme of taste in fashion. Creations by renowned designers inspire a discourse on the definition of "vulgar". The historical spectrum of exhibits spans from the Renaissance to the present. In this photo you can see two ensembles designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior in 2004 (left) and 2005 (right).

Monday, June 19, 2017

Deutschordenshaus - Sala Terrena

The Deutschordenshaus is the seat of the Teutonic Order, a German-based Roman Catholic religious order formed at the end of the 12th century. It is located in the very city center, and on the ground floor there's the beautiful sala terrena, currently used as concert hall. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart gave here concerts for the Viennese aristocray, some of his concerts even premiered at this very place.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Flowers #232

"Flowers look different in different eyes." - Chinese Proverb

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cloudy Sky

The sky over the New Danube last Saturday, seen during my evening bicyle ride.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Schönbrunn Palace Theatre #3

During the reign of Emperor Ferndinand I the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre was used during the summer months. At the beginning of the 20th century it was transformed into a furniture depot. After WWI the ensemble of the Burgtheater performed at the Palace Theatre during the summer season but the financial situation led to its closure in 1924. Five years later it was provided to the Max Reinhardt Seminar as an exercise stage. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Schönbrunn Palace Theatre #2

Joseph Haydn and Wolfang Amadeus Mozart conducted their works at the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre, and the works of Christoph Willibald Gluck were premiered. When Napolean had his headquarters in Schönbrunn, the thatre was renovated and reopened in 1809 with Racine's "Phaedra". During the Congress of Vienna singers of the Kärntnertor Theatre performed at the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre for the royal majesties then present in Vienna. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Schönbrunn Palace Theatre #1

In 1745 Empress Maria Theresia commissioned court architect Nikolaus Pacassi to construct the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre in order to give the drama performances until then hold in the park of Schönbrunn a home. The theater opened in 1747 in the western side wing of the palace and served the Habsburgs as a home theatre: The Empress' children danced, played, posed tableaux vivants and demonstrated their artistic talents in numerous peformances in front of the noble courtiers... The photo shows the current state of the foyer.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Golden Bucephalus

This bronze sculpture by Polish born Austrian artist Andje Pietrzyk is currently located in the very city center. It is a monument to Bucepahlos, the legendary war horse of Alexander the Great

Monday, June 12, 2017

Red Ribbon

Last Saturday the AIDS charity event Life Ball took place at the City Hall (as I told you here). As a sign of tolerance the Parliament was decorated with a huge red ribbon.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Flowers #231

"A beautiful flower is incomplete without its leaves." - Chinese Proverb

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Life Ball

Tonight the Life Ball, one of the biggest AIDS charity events in the world, will be held at the City Hall for the 24th times. This flashy, colourful and loud party promotes public awareness of HIV and AIDS and generates donations for AIDS relief projects. The opening show will take place on City Hall Square with numerous performances by international stars. When I passed by the City Hall last Monday, the installation of the stage (set design by Amra Bergmann) was still going on.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Max Reinhardt Seminar #1

The Max Reinhardt Seminar is the School of Drama at the University of Music and Peforming Arts. It was founded by Austrian theatre and film director and theatrical producer Max Reinhardt in 1929. The Seminar offers a four-year course taught by some 40 professors, many of whom are themselves notable actors and directos. Since 1940 the Seminar is located in Cumberland Palace in the 14th district.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Scribblings on The Wall

Some years ago a friend of mine who lives in Southern Italy, asked me why the buildings and monuments in Vienna were so clean, why there were no scribblings... Well, of course not all our walls are beautiful, but usually I don't photograph the daubed ones. I prefer to take pictures of things that I like or that I think are interesting. Here's now an exception.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Domestic Landscape

The institution "KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum" (Public Art Vienna) is committed to breathing new life into Vienna's public space with permanent or temporary art projects. The newest project is located in the very city center: "Domestic Landscape 2.0" by Franco-Portuguese artist Didier Fiúza FaustinoThe installed urban furniture made of blue-painted steel invites those passing by to see this public space as open for their own personal use.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday Flowers #230

"All things by immortal power. Near of far, to each other linked are,
that thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of a star." - Francis Thompson

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Meeting Friends

That's a nice end of the week: meeting friends in a park... I took this photo last Friday evening in Augarten.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sunset Obsession #39

The sunset over the New Danube on Tuesday. If you look closely, you can see some people using the water ski lift.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Theme Day: Nature

Palm trees in Vienna? Yes, in the Hirschstetten Flower Gardens, the cultivation gardens of the Municipal Department which is in charge of the Viennese parks and gardens. I would really love to see much more palm trees in Vienna...
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Donaucity

The modern Donaucity in the 22nd district: The first building was constructed in 1995, the last one in 2014.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rowers

The Old Danube is a popular place for water sports. I'm especially fascinated by the rowers.

Monday, May 29, 2017

An Evening by the Water

On Saturday evening I finally did my first bicycle tour of this season. Other people chose to spend their evening in a more relaxed way...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Flowers #229

"A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom." - Chinese Proverb

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Put on Your Sunhat

According to the forecasters it's going to be a hot and sunny weekend. Time to put on a sunhat.