Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Flowers #176

 
"In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." - Albert Camus

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Baroque Baroque #5

A last photo of the "Baroque Baroque" exhibition: "Kaleidoscope", the artwork in the beautiful Sala Terrena, consists of six tapering mirrored panels, fixed together to form a seven-meter-long hexagonal optical device hung from the ceiling of the room. According to Olafur Eliasson "the kaleidoscope makes us understand through experience that what we see through its mechanism is to a large extent negotiable, relative and open for engagement." The exhibition runs through March 6, 2016.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Baroque Baroque #4

"Wishes versus wonders" - that's the name of this fascinating artwork by Olafur Elisasson. I have already shown it to you last November when I attended the opening of the exhibition. The day after Christmas I happened to be alone in the room for some minutes and took another photo in which you can also see the beautiful surrounding of the artwork.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Baroque Baroque #3

Here's another photo of the "Baroque Baroque" exhibition with the artworks "Endless doughnut", "The horizon series" and "Fivefold cube". I love the contrast of the pieces of contemporary art and the room. How about you?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Yellow Corridor

During the Christmas holidays I visited the exhibition "Baroque Baroque" by Olafur Eliasson at the Belvedere's Winter Palace one again. The exhibition starts with the "Yellow Corridor": The staircase is lit with yellow monofrequency lamps which reduce the range of visible colour to yellow and black. An unusual effect.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Upper Belvedere - Side View

A side view of the Upper Belvedere last Sunday. By now the snow has completely gone and the temperature is rather springlike.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Trapped in The Present

On Saturday evening the city was beautifully covered with snow. During the night the temperature increased and the snow turned into slush... Maybe you are now wondering why this snowman still looks so perfect. Well, because he's made of marble and a sculpture by Austrian artist Manfred Erjautz. The website of the Belvedere, in front of which he is located, says that he "symbolizes not only a particular season but also memories and the complexities of transience. The snowman is deprived of its ephemeral existence through the creative process, ultimately leading to it becoming trapped in the present."

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Covered With Snow

Originally I wanted to continue today my "Sunday Flowers" series, but then it got chilly, so there were no flowers on display in front of the flower shops, and beyond that yesterday at noon it started to snow again. So here's the MuseumsQuartier as it looked like yesterday afternoon. I like the atmosphere of the city when it's covered with freshly fallen snow - it's calmer than usually... The forescast for today: increase in temperature.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Green Dragon

The bright green steel construction, called "The Dragon", at the entrance of a newly revitalized dormitory in the 19th district, is a real eye-catcher.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Italian Luxury Cars Only...

I discovered this sign on a garage door of a villa in the 19th district during my last Sunday afternoon walk. People who live there might be able afford a Maserati, but there was no one in sight...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Paulinenwarte

The viewing tower "Paulinenwarte" is located on a hill in Türkenschanzpark in the 19th district. Originally it offered not only a beautiful view of the city, but also served as water tank.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Just Trees And a Bench

Last Sunday I took advantage of the rather sunny (but chilly) weather and went for a walk in Türkenschanzpark in the 19th district where these trees  and the bench caught my eyes. The park's name derives from the Turkish entrenchments at the site during the Second Turkish siege of Vienna (1683). Türkenschanzpark was built by local citizens together with the neighbouring "Wiener Cottage" settlement under the supervision of a city gardener and was only later taken over by the City of Vienna. Emperor Franz Joseph I  inaugurated the park on September 30, 1888.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sitting by The Water

The photo is not perfect, but I like it anyway. I took it during my afternoon walk along the Old Danube on December 31, 2015. I'm wondering if the girl was looking back on the past year...

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sale is Still Going on

The spring collections have already arrived to most of the shops, but that doesn't mean that sales are over... The writing on these "dresses" says "Everything must go!" in German.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Flowers #175

"January opens
The box of the year
And brings out days
That are bright and clear
And brings out days
That are cold and grey
And shouts, "Come see
What I brought today!" - Leland B. Jacobs, January
  

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Albertina - The Rococo Room

This room was refurbished in Neo-Rococo in 1875 and is the only example of that style in the palace. Princess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg used the room as her study. After her death it became the classroom of her six children. I especially like the draperies...

Friday, January 15, 2016

Albertina - The Reception Room

Here people waited for the audience with Princess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg. The beautiful Empire-style room has been preserved with little change since 1823.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Albertina - Hall of the Muses #3

The Albertina museum houses one of the largest and most important graphic art collections in the world. Besides the pieces of graphic art there are also 20 Habsburg Staterooms that can be visited. The Hall of the Muses was used as a dining room and as a glamorous venue for soirées and balls. The hall derives its name from the life-sized sculptures of Apollo and the nine Muses. For more photos please click here and here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Beautiful Sky

Yesterday afternoon I briefly left the office to get a late lunch and saw this beautiful sky over the Haas Haus and St. Stephen's Cathedral. A nice change to the recent greyness.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Street Art Portrait

I'm sick of showing you how grey the days currently are in Vienna. So here is a street art portrait of a young girl framed with some colours that I discovered some weeks ago on the banks of the Danube Canal. Unfortunately I couldn't find out who has created this portrait.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Another Grey Day...

Yesterday was another grey day and I went for another walk along the Old Danube... I took this photo at 03:00 pm.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Just a Tree by The Water

Even if the days are still grey, I think it's time to show you a more "friendly" photo again. I took it on the last day of 2015 during a sunny walk along the Old Danube.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Tiny Snowman

This is one of the two snowmen that I saw during my recent walk in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. He was approximately 30 cm "tall" and with his beret seemed French to me. He was a very popular photo subject, so I couldn't talk to him to confirm my suspicion.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Teamwork

During my walk in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace on Wednesday, I kept an eye out for snowmen. I discovered only two... and these two girls who were just creating another small one.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Schönbrunn Palace in the Fog

On yesterday's public holiday I braved the cold and the fog and took a walk in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. I'm wondering when the sun will come out for the first time this year...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Grey And Drab

Yesterday afternoon I went to a mall and got off the subway a stop earlier to document the current weather. As you can see the snow is still here, the Old Danube is frozen and (I think one can really see it in this photo) it's still chilly.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Let it Snow...

Until some days ago we had an unusual mild winter. Now it's chilly, and yesterday at noon it finally started to snow. In the late afternoon I passed by the MuseumsQuartier. I love the blue lit balloons in the trees, they add a little magic to the courtyard.

Monday, January 4, 2016

How About You?

Do you have any New Year's resolutions? And if you have some, do you usually realize them or can you relate to this sign?

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Vienna, January 1, 2016

That's how the first day of 2016 looked like in Vienna, plus for the first time this winter it was rather chilly. Nevertheless I took a 2 hours walk along the Old Danube during which I saw several rowers. I really admire such hard-boiled sportsmen! For information on the building (Donauturm) in this photo, please click here. And please don't forget to connect with Vreni's Vienna Daily Photo on Instagram, you can see there more photos of my hometown.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

By day...

Well, and that's how the buildings in yesterday's photo look like by day... Which view do you prefer?

Friday, January 1, 2016

January Theme Day: Photo of the Year 2015

I love sunsets and walks along the Old Danube, so of course I had to choose a photo (taken last March) that combines these two elements. I even took my last walk in 2015 along the Old Danube, I'm a very loyal person...
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.