Wednesday, November 30, 2011

White Beauty

A statue in the park of the Liechtenstein Museum. On a side note, Vienna has the best living standard in the world, according to the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey! That´s already the third time in a row that Vienna is no. 1 in this ranking!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Reflections #10

Reflections of autumnal trees in the windows of the Liechtenstein Museum which in its present form with fixed opening hours will close at the end of this year. The new focus will be on events and pre-booked guided tours of the Princely Collections.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Smile Of The Sphinx *)

After ten days without not even one ray of sunlight, we finally had a somewhat sunny weekend. Yesterday I took a walk in the garden between the Upper and the Lower Belvedere where you can find 12 sphinxes. Here is one of them, with St. Stephen´s Cathedral in the background.
*) "The smile of the Sphinx" is the title of a short story by Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973).

Sunday, November 27, 2011

1st Sunday Of Advent

Time is flying: Today is already the first Sunday of Advent! By now every Austrian household should be equipped with an Advent wreath for the "countdown" to Christmas. Today we light the first candle, next Sunday the second one and so on, until, by the last Sunday before Christmas, all four candles are lit.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Cat Is Watching You

 I wonder what this cat was thinking while watching me taking photographs...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Modern Living

I stumbled upon this arrangement of fancy furniture in a store in the 6th district. Especially the sofa, made of jeans cushions (I would love to know how it feels to sit on it) and the Roy Liechtenstein-like picture caught my eyes.. But I also love the trailers.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

21er Haus #3

The red carpet by Austrian artist Markus Geiger seen from the first floor of the 21er Haus.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

21er Haus #2

The opening exhibition at the 21er Haus deals with the building itself and its adapted architecture. In this photo you can see a red carpet by Marcus Geiger, laid crisscross and even wrapped around the balustrade, and a fluorescent sculpture by Lucio Fontana.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

21er Haus #1

The 21er Haus was built in 1958 by the Austrian architect Karl Schwanzer as a pavilion or temporary showroom for the Universal Exhibition in Brussels. In the same year Schwanzer won the Grand Prix d´Architecture for his visionary and technologically innovative design. From 1962 to 2001 the building served as an exhibition hall for the Museum of Modern Art until its collection was moved to the Museum of Modern Art - Ludwig Foundation in Vienna’s new MuseumsQuartier. In 2002 the 21er Haus was incorporated into the Belvedere museum. During the past few years the building was adapted to the purposes of a modern museum and finally reopened last week.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Orange Bicycle

During my holiday in Paris last summer, I photographed a lot of doors and portals in different colours - blue, red, pink, green, yellow. A friend of mine complained that there were no orange things (Guess which is her favourite colour), so I promised her to watch out for the colour orange during my next trip to Paris. I went back there recently, kept my word and she was happy. The other evening I took a short walk in the city center of Vienna and in quick succession several orange things caught my eyes (obviously I´m still focused on this colour), amongst others this bicycle.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sweet Sunday #10

When it´s cold and the days are dull, my appetite for sweets is getting stronger than usually. I would love to savour all of these chocolates...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Monument to Beethoven

This monument to Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - created by Anton Dominik von Fernkorn in 1862 - is located in a small park in the 19th district.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Falling Leaves

"Falling leaves
hide the path 
so quietly" - John Bailey ("Autumn," A Haiku Year, 2001)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Upholsterer

During one of my recent walks in the city center I discovered this store of an upholsterer in a tiny courtyard.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lipizzan Art

In the summer of 2003 the city center was invaded by colourful painted horses: Business companies and shops could buy white lipizzan statues and then decorate them with their logo or a theme with the help of a local artist or in some cases a group of school children (Click here for images of some of the horses). In autumn of the same year some of the horse sculptures were auctioned and the proceeds went to the Spanish Riding School. In the courtyard of the borough office in the city center you can still marvel at one of those horses.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Design Gallery

The "stilwerk limited edition design gallery" presents selected objects of successful designers, architects and artists which work at the interface between art and design. The gallery is located in a modern building by French architect Jean Nouvel which was opened one year ago. For more pictures of the building please click here.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Green-Yellow-Blue-Red

A detail of a sculpture in the garden of Augarten Contemporary. If you want to see the entire sculpture please click here.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Blue Sculpture

In the garden of Augarten Contemporary you can find several sculptures. One of them is this blue one by Austrian artist Robert Kabas.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Reflections #9

Reflections of atumnal trees in the glass façade of Augarten Contemporary, an exhbition venue for contemporary art of the Belvedere museum, located in the Augarten.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Augarten Flak Tower

At the end of this alley in the Augarten, a public park in the 2nd district, you can see one of Vienna´s six flak towers (Combat Tower or G-Tower), a relict of World War II.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Facade Detail #8

Art Nouveau decorations on the façade of an apartment building in the 3rd district.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Autumn Leaves

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." - John Burroughs

Monday, November 7, 2011

View Of The Town #5

Sometimes I feel the urge to take a walk in the northern outskirts of Vienna. During my yesterday´s excursion I found myself amidst the grapevines and enjoyed this view of the town.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday Flowers #22

The arrangements in front of the window are still autumnal, but if you look closely you will notice that the flower shop is already offering Christmas balls.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Chestnut Decoration

The current decoration in the main window of the K. u. K. Court Confectionary Bakery Demel is inspired by autumn and chestnuts (take a close look at the lady´s dress).

Friday, November 4, 2011

Autumn At Burggarten

Autumnal trees in the Burggarten... As of late the specifics (species, date of planting, diameter of the crown, circumference) of the Viennese public trees have been collected in a register: Just click here and get all the available information of your favourite tree(s).

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Town Hall At Sunset

The Town Hall at sunset which is now - due to the change back to standard time - way too early for my taste. On the square in front of the Town Hall the preparations for the Christmas Market have already started - the market starts on November 12. For more images of the Town Hall please click here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

All Soul´s Day

Today is All Soul´s Day which commemorates the faithful departed. It´s a tradition to go to the cemetery and to light the candles and decorate the graves of the loved ones with flowers.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Theme Day: Fences

When I told my aunt last Sunday after our lunch that I had "to shoot fences", she looked rather surprised, but in the end she accompanied me and we both took photographs of fences... Here is the rather dangerous looking fence of Burggarten.