Monday, October 31, 2011
In Austria Halloween became popular only in the 1990s. I remember being a little amazed when I saw the first pumpkin faces in the windows and gardens... But in in the meanwhile it has become a considerable business. If you have a sweet tooth, you can even buy a halloween cake. Happy Halloween!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Visitors of the MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst) admiring René Magritte´s "La voix du sang" (The Voice of Blood, 1959). For art lovers: The other two paintings are by Jean Fautrier and Bruno Goller.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Last Sunday I was at the MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst) which reopened in September after some months of renovations (as I told you here). In her first exhibition the new director is presenting her subjective point of view of the museum´s nine-thousand-work collection. In amongst the exhibits from the collection there are works that the museum would like to acquire in the coming years (hence the title of the exhibition "Museum of Desires"). On the ground floor the oversized spider sculpture "La Vedova Blu" (The Blue Widow, 1968) by Italian artist Pino Pascali welcomes the visitors.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
In front of the University of Applied Arts Vienna you can find a bust of Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), an Austrian artist, poet and playwright best known for his intense expressionistic portraits and landscapes. At the beginning of the 20th century, Oskar Kokoschka was a student of the “K.k. Kunstgewerbeschule des Museums für Kunst und Industrie”, as the University was called at the time; later on he was a member of the teaching staff. In 1998 the “Oskar Kokoschka Centre” was founded - it comprehends a research library, a photographic collection, archives, and, since 2005, the private library of Oskar and Olda Kokoschka.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
I discovered this umbrella vending machine in a subway station. Just push a button, insert € 3,- and get your new umbrella. I didn´t try it, so I can´t tell you anything about the design of the umbrellas.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Last month the MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst) reopened after some months of renovations and architectural changes. The relaunch also involves the redesign of the museum´s logo by Austrian artist Florian Pumhösl. In this photo you can see the new fluorescent letters on the facade. I hope to soon find the time to check out the changes inside the building.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Today the exhibition "Bigger Than Life. A century of Hollywood. A Jewish experience" starts at the newly reopened Jewish Museum Vienna. The windows of the museum´s first floor are covered with photos of some of Hollywood´s stars of the 1940s, as for example the beautiful Lauren Bacall.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
The baroque Kinsky Palace was commissioned by Count Wirich Philipp von Daun, the construction started in 1717 under the direction of architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. In 1784 it was sold to the Bohemian Kinsky family, therefore it´s also known as "Palais Daun-Kinsky". Today it houses an auction house and a restaurant.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
This chocolate shop in the city center is the perfect place for chocoholics. When the weather is fine you can even sit outside. I love these tables and the chairs with the cushions.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Szechenyi Palace was built in 1896 in the historicist style for Baron Albert von Schloissnig. As of 1927 it was for a long time in possession of the Hungarian countess Marta Széchényi. Nowadays it houses a carpet store. I love the decorations of the façade, especially the atlantes.
Monday, October 10, 2011
I still can´t get over the sudden drop of temperature, from one day to the other autumn was here. Even the cakes are now looking autumnal... I discovered this one in the window of the "Patisserie zum Schwarzen Kameel" in the city center.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
The Indian Summer came abruptly to an end. The day before yesterday the sun was shining and it was very warm, yesterday it was cold and rainy. It´s finally time to dig out the autumn wardrobe - or to go shopping for some new clothes... and accessories of course.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
We are currently having an unbelievable beautiful Indian summer with unusual high temperatures for the season. Everybody tries to take advantage of the great weather: the outdoor areas of the restaurants and the parks are crowded, a lot of cyclists are on their way and park their bicycles all over the city.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
These apples, discovered in the window of a designer furniture shop in the city center, are not meant to be eaten. They are eye-catching seat cushions! The green apple is called "Eve", the red one "Snow white".
I kind of like them. For more information please click here.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Some days ago I read about the opening of a new french bistro at Ferstel Palace in the city center. Being a very francophone person, I decided to go there as soon as possible. So, when I recently had a day off, I went there for lunch with a friend of mine. The tiny restaurant is very charming, it offers only a small, but very french selection of dishes. It is also an "épicerie fine", offering french cheese, herbs, honey, jams, teas, sparkling wines and sweets. I will definitely be back!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
I have been wondering for years what this brick on top of a doorway in Rauensteingasse might signify. Some months ago I finally made enquiries and found out that it marks the entrance to the masonic temple and the Grand Lodge of Austria. For a photo of the entire doorway please click here. You can find informations on the history of Freemasonry in Austria here.