Thursday, February 28, 2013

Snowy Artwork

During my last walk in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace, I saw a lot of snow men. These three young people didn´t content themselves with creating an ordinary snow man, they were working on a real piece of art.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Z Loves C

A (temporary) sign of Z+C's love on a tree in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. I don´t know them but I wish them all the best.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Walk in The Snow

The gardens of Schönbrunn Palace are always a good place for a Sunday afternoon walk, especially when they are covered with snow.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday Flowers #65

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” - Anne Bradstreet

Saturday, February 23, 2013

It´s Snowing Again

While I´m eagerly waiting for spring, winter doesn´t want to end and covers the city again with snow. I took this photo some weeks ago in Stadtpark, but looking out of my window, I´m pretty sure that it looks exactly like this today.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

21er Haus #6

The bookshop at the 21er Haus was conceived as an art project. The "Salon für Kunstbuch" is a "sculpture in which people gather for discourse and in which existing forms of organization are tested". Well, the only thing that I noticed, is that the books and magazines are arranged by colour.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

21er Haus #5

The 21er Haus also houses the estate of Austrian sculptor Fritz Wotruba (1907-1975). Some of his sculptures are shown on the terrace in the basement.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

21er Haus #4

The day before yesterday I was at the 21er Haus, a museum that focuses on Austrian art from 1945 to the present day. The building was originally constructed for the World Exhibition in Brussels in 1958.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Régalité

In october 2012, the renovation of the educational center of the Vienna Chamber of Labour has been completed by erecting the installation "Régalité" by Austrian artist Hans Schabus (*1970) in front of the building. The name of this huge bookshelf is the mix of the German word for "shelf" and the French "égalité" (equality) and emphasizes that education has to be accessible for everybody.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Flowers #64

"The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination." - Terri Guillemets

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

First View

Despite the winterly weather the department store Steffl in the city center is offering a first view of the spring fashion trends.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

... can´t buy me love

"I'll give you all I've got to give if you say you love me too
I may not have a lot to give but what I've got I'll give to you
For I don't care too much for money, for money can't buy me love." - The Beatles
 

Happy Valentine´s Day to my dear readers!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Little Girl And Ducks

I took this photo some weeks ago when we had the first days of snow but I could have taken it yesterday because the snow is back. During my walk through a very winterly Stadtpark, this toddler in her pink dawn jacket caught my eyes and I stopped to watch how she had fun with the ducks.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Carnival Sweets

Today is Shrove Tuesday, the last day of the carnival and the last day before Lent. In other words: the last possibility to indulge in some carnival sweets...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Flowers #63

"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not." - Georgia O'Keeffe

Friday, February 8, 2013

Repair Shop For Dolls

During my last Sunday afternoon walk I passed by this repair shop for dolls in the 4th district. It´s good to know that there´s still someone who dresses the wounds of dolls and plush toys.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Secession Building - Detail #2

The motto of the Secessionist movement is written above the entrance of the building: "To every age its art, to art its freedom". The beautiful dome consists of 3000 gilt leaves and 700 berries.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Secession Building - Detail #1

Joseph Maria Olbrich integrated a very symbolic language in the building: The entrance area of the Secession building is decorated by the masks of the three Gorgons, which symbolise architecture, sculpture and painting. The side elevations also feature owls (not in the photo) - the Gorgons and the owl are attributes of Pallas Athene, the godess of wisdom, victory and the crafts. The photo also shows the dominant symbol in the building - the laurel leaf.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Secession Building

The Secessin building is an exhibition hall built in 1897 by Joseph Maria Olbrich as an architectural manifesto for the Vienna Secession (also known as "the Association of Visual Artists Vienna Secession") which was formed that same year by a group of Austrian artists including painters, sculptors, and architects. The first president of the Secession was Gustav Klimt, and Rudolf von Alt was made honorary president. The Secession artists objected to the prevailing conservatism of  the long-established fine art institution Vienna Künstlerhaus with its traditional orientation toward Historicism. The construction of the Secession building, a key work of Viennese Art Nouveau, was finished after only 6 months. Needless to say that the architecture didn´t meet the taste of that time: The building was dismissed as a "a bastard between temple and warehouse" and "a cross between a greenhouse and a blast furnace", the dome was compared to "a head of cabbage".

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sale is still going on

The new collections are arriving to the shops, but that doesn´t mean that sale is over...

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

February Theme Day: Umbrellas

As I didn't have neither the time nor the occasion to take a new umbrella photo, I decided to republish a photo taken in November 2010: A beautiful selection of umbrellas in the window of Wilhelm Jungmann & Neffe, a company which has been offering a wide selection of the finest cloths, ties, scarves and accessories (as for instance handmade umbrellas in various styles and original designs) since 1881. Amongst the company's most famous customers were Empress Elisabeth and - in the 20th century - Franz Lehár, Arthur Schnitzler, Leonard Bernstein and Herbert von Karajan.