Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Looking at Vienna

The view from the top of Kahlenberg is beautiful, you see really a great part of the town. By the way, I don't know this girl, I just wanted to have her in my photo...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sitting, Watching...

On Sunday I took another walk in the 19th district, this time I climbed Kahlenberg. On my way I stumbled upon this couple, taking a break and enjoying the view of the town.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Enjoying the Late Indian Summer

We are currently having a late Indian summer. In Austria temperatures around 20°C (68° F) are very unusual at this time of the year. It's strange to see people in t-shirts and shorts when the trees lose their leaves... On Saturday this woman enjoyed the beautiful weather on the banks of the Old Danube and her top was matching the autumnal colours.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Flowers #248

"Autumn is springtime in reverse." - Terri Guillemets

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday Afternoon Walk

On Saturdays I usually run errands, but last week I preferred to  take a walk along the Old Danube before I had to go to work because of the "Long Night of Museums". It was a sunny, but stormy afternoon.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Stopping for a Bite to Eat

Well, I didn't stop for a bite to eat, but these tables with their plaid table-clothes looked really inviting...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kaasgrabenkirche

Towards the end of my last walk in the 19th district, I passed by the idyllically situated Kaasgrabenkirche. I like the contrast of the modern buildings in the background. For more photos of the church please cklick here, here and here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

View of the Town #16

I enjoyed this view of the town during my last afternoon walk in the 19th district.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Small Street

A narrow street in the 19th district... - it leads to the American International School that I showed you yesterday.

Monday, October 9, 2017

American International School

The American International School (AIS) was founded in 1959 by the Embassies of the United States and Canada. At that time 234 students from 17 countries were enrolled in the school. In 1964 the school moved to its current 44.000 sqm site in the 19th district, close to the Vienna Woods. Today AIS serves approximately 800 students from 60 countries. The school is divided into thress divisions: Elementary (pre-kindergarten to grade five), Middle (grades six to eight), and High School (grads nine to twelve). AIS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, USA, and the Council of International Schools, and is recognized by the Austrian Ministry of Education.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday Flowers #247

"October is a symphony of permanence and change." - Bonaro W. Overstreet

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Long Night of Museums

Tonight the Long Night of Museums, organised by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF, takes place for the 18th time. 129 museums all over Austria open their doors from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and can be visited with only one ticket. Usually the museums offer a varied programme during this special night. The ticket is also valid for the shuttle busses that facilitate the commuting from one museum to another. This initiative brings a lot of people into museums that usually don't have a great interest in culture. And for me it means that I'm on duty from 4 p.m. to 1.a.m...

Friday, October 6, 2017

Dom Museum Wien #3

The Otto Mauer Collection includes modern and contemporary art, such as works by expressionists and secessionists as well as by key figures of the Austrian and international avant-garde. The works of this collection are juxtaposed and contextualized with historic objects. The catholic priest Otto Mauer was a one of the most important collectors and promoters of modern art in Austria after 1945. In the 1950s he founded the "Galerie nächst St. Stephan" which became Vienna's most important gallery of the avant-garde.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dom Museum Wien #2

The unique objects of the collection of St. Stephen's Cathedral date back to the Middle Ages, to the period of Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria, the founder of St. Stephen's Cathedral. The collection comprises also sculptures, precious altars, richly adorned sacred objects, portraits, liturgical manuscripts, books and vestments.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dom Museum Wien #1

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to visit the Dom Museum Wien one week before its reopening. During the past years the museum underwent a major architectural redesign and relaunch. The museum houses the historic treasures from St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Archdiocese as well as avant-garde classics from the Otto Mauer Collection.
In the entrance area you can now find a museum shop, a new round glass elevator and a winding staircase take the visitors up to the museum galleries.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Town Town #2

That's what you see if you stand between the two "skyscrapers" of Town Town and look up.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Town Town #1

Town Town is a "business city" in the 3rd district. It consists of 19 company buildings designed by well-known teams of architects. I recently was there in the early evening when most offices were already closed and the area was deserted...

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Theme Day: Sensual

The two former world's fair pavillions that now house the federal sculptor's studios are surrounded by a park where you can find several scultpures. One of them looks rather sensual...
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

European Heritage Days #2

The two former world's fair pavillions with a total net floor area of 3.500 sqm house 23 studios from 45 up to 435 sqm. The studios are intended for aspiring artists who have already achieved a certain life's work in the field of sculpture and object art. The artists have to apply for a studio at the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery. An independent jury then decides who can move in for seven years. Austrian sculptor Ulrike Truger is one of the lucky few.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

European Heritage Day #1

Last Sunday was "Tag des Denkmals", the Austrian version of the European Heritage Days. The aim of this day is to widen access and foster care for architectural and environmental heritage. The annual programme offers opportunities to visit buildings, monuments and sites many of which normally are not accessible to the public. I went to see the federal sculptors' studios in the Prater. The two buildings, designed by Austrian architect Carl Hasenauer, are the only remains of the 1873 Vienna World's Fair

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Contemporary Art

Here is a collage of four artworks that have been on show at the recent viennacontemporary art fair and that caught my eyes. Can you guess which of them was a big hit on the social media?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Entrance to the Art Fair

In this photo of the entrance area of the viennacontemporary you can see a little of the wrought iron construction of the Marx Halle.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Marx Halle

As I have already told you, I attended the opening of the art fair viennacontemporary last Wednesday. I didn't feel very well that night, so on Saturday I decided to go there one more time. The fair was held at the Marx Halle in the 3rd district. The listed building was erected at the end of the 19th century and originally housed the local cattle market, today it serves as a venue for large-scale events, concerts and fairs. Marx Halle was the first building in Vienna to have a wrought iron structure.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Flowers #246

"Just before the death of flowers,
and before they are buried in snow, 
There comes a festival season 
When nature is all aglow." - Author Unknown

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Autumnal Shop Window

The window display of the department store Steffl looks already a lot like autumn...

Friday, September 22, 2017

Beginning of Autumn

The astronomical autumn begins today even though it has been feeling like autumn already for several days. Autumn is definitely not my favourite season, but I would love to eat this cake...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Just another Work of Art...

Yesterday evening I was at the opening of the art fair viennacontemporary  where around 100 galleries from 26 countries present contemporary art with a focus on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. In this pohoto you see a work of Austrian artists Maria Anwander and Ruben Aubrecht. The ironic title of "Just another Work of Art which will not go down in History" refers to the postmodern dictum that there are no more masterpieces.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

White Tables & Chairs

Shortly after the rain had stopped the outdoor area of the restaurant Meierei was still deserted when I passed by last Sunday evening.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Restaurant in the Park

The restaurant Meierei located in the Stadtpark, last Sunday after the rain had stopped. At the Meierei you can savour Viennese delicacies and more than 100 different types of cheese. The building originally was erected in 1903 as a milk bar of the City of Vienna. During World War II it was badly damaged and afterwards it was considerably remodelled.

Monday, September 18, 2017

After the Rain

Yesterday it was raining cats and dogs until the early evening. I took a walk in the Stadtpark when the sun tried to get through the clouds...

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Flowers #245

"Do not linger to gather flowers to keep them, but walk on, 
for flowers will keep themselves blooming all your way." - Radindranath Tagore

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Community Garden

A community garden on the banks of the Danube Canal... The photo was taken when the weather was still summerlike...

Friday, September 15, 2017

University of Economics #5

In this photo of the campus of the University of Economics and Business you can see the department center D2/student center on the left side and the teaching center on the right side.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

University of Economics #4

I love to take walks on the campus of the University of Economics and Business, especially on weekends or during the holidays when everything is quiet and I can concentrate on the architecture of the six different group of buildings. In this photo you can see three of them: on the right side the department building D4, in the center the department building D2/student center and on the left side the library and learning center.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Free Library

During my walk on the campus of the University of Economics and Business last Sunday I discovered this free library where you can exchange books: You can pick one that you like and deposit books that you don't need or want any more.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Before the Change of Weather

The weather forecast for this week is rather bad: there will be a significant drop of temperature and a lot of rain. Yesterday it was still possible to have lunch outside...

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday Flowers #244

"Flowers bringt to a liberal and gentlemanly mind, 
the remembrance of honesty, comeliness, and all kinds of virtue." - John Gerard

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

New Haircut #2

In another mural Lushsux also gets the "supreme leader" of North Korea a new haircut. Does this hair-do seem familiar to you or maybe recall someone?

Thursday, September 7, 2017

New Haircut #1

The works of Australian artist Lushsux are often provocative, confrontational and comical. They offer shameless commentary on topics as well as prominent figures that are trending at this very moment. In this work on the banks of the Danube Canal he gave the current president of the United States of America a new haircut...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Full Moon

Tonight is full moon. I took this photo on Monday during my bicycle ride (yes, by now night falls before I get home) when the moon already seemed rather full. Unfortunately the photo is a little blurred and doesn't quite transmit the atmosphere of the evening...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Vision

It is already the 10th time that the Ringturm has gotten wrapped with an artwork during summertime. This year the work "Vision" by Serbian artist Mihael Milunović was chosen. When the Ringturm was inaugurated in 1955, it was Austria's first tall office building and a milestone of so called moderate modern architecture. The edifice houses the headquarters of an insurace group.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Back to School

Today is the first day of the new schoolyear. In figures this means that in Vienna 225.000 pupils and 25.000 teachers are back at work in 702 schools. 17.000 children will enter a school building for the very first time.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

On the Banks of the Danube Canal

People chilling on the banks of the Danube Canal last Tuesday when the weather was still summerlike. With the meteorological start of autumn on September 1st, the weather drastically changed...

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Theme Day: Photographing the Photographer

An instawalk is when a group of people get together to explore a place while documenting their experience with photos and uploading them on instagram. And that's how it looks like when instagrammers do their job. I took this photo in July during the instawalk at the ÖAMTC headquarters.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ÖAMTC Headquarters #6

We are back at the ÖAMTC headquarters for another short visit. I think the shadows of the roof construction create a nice effect in the atrium.