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The Story of the ceiling painting in the National Library

If you have visited the former imperial royal library at the Josefplatz, it is likely that you were impressed by its interior and in particular by the paintings there. The large painting located in the dome of the Prunksaal is full of details and colors. Its artist was the Viennese painter Daniel Gran who worked…

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October 17, 2019

The story of Hans Makart

If you have lived in Vienna long enough or you are just interested in art or architecture, it is likely that you have come across the names Wagner, Klimt, Schiele, and Hansen. But there are, of course, other more “obscure” names that used to ring more than one bell back in the day, but are…

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September 23, 2019

The Story of Egon Schiele

For many people Egon Schiele is a household name. In particular, if you spend a lot of time at the Museum Quartier in Vienna, it is very hard to miss him. Born in Lower Austria in June 1890, he started to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1906 where he was eventually mentored…

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June 25, 2019

Mark Rothko at the KHM

The Kunsthistorisches Museum has changed gears and is now spoiling art lovers with something slightly unexpected: an exhibition dedicated to the great American artist Mark Rothko. There is an explanation for having a master of Abstract Expressionism among the Rembrandts and the Bruegels of the Kunsthistorisches, if anybody needs it. And it has to do…

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March 29, 2019

Sky full of stones @ Stephansdom

(We recommend our Secret Vienna tour: The Secrets of the Stephansdom) On the occasion of the Lent that Catholics worldwide are celebrating right now, contemporary artist Peter Baldinger turned the vault of the St. Stephan Cathedral into an impressive Sky full of Stones. Altogether 1332 stones (which are made of paper) are attached to the…

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March 20, 2019

Chinese Whispers @ MAK

Only a few weeks ago the MAK opened its latest show, which will be shown until the end of May 2019. The exhibition is called “Chinese Whispers”, and presents the world’s largest collection of contemporary Chinese art, carefully composed over the past 40 years by the private collector Uli Sigg. The collector, who lives in…

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February 19, 2019

The story of the Neidhart Fresken

We have told you stories about places that were sort of forgotten and discovered again. Maybe you are curious and want to see one of those places. If yes, you should visit the “Neidhart Fresken” (Neidhart Frescoes). You see, in 1979 a flat was being refurbished in the city center and during this work plaster…

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December 8, 2018

Renoir and the brazen thieves

Art theft is often a brazen act, not least because galleries and museums have extensive security systems and famous pieces of art tend to be recognizable and therefore impossible to sell. Nonetheless, even by those standards, a recent theft in Vienna takes the cake (or the painting!). On Monday, November 28 2018 at around 5pm,…

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December 4, 2018

Vlad Dracul

Count Dracula (made famous also by subsequent movie adaptations) fired so strongly people’s imagination that for many it is difficult now to separate him from Vlad Dracul, the ruler of Wallachia –  a small province in what is now Romania – who was used by Bram Stoker as a light source of inspiration (he borrowed…

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November 30, 2018

Winter time in the Albertina

When your SV explorer went to visit Albertina a couple of days ago, he expected to have a relaxing, quiet museum visit with no major surprises. But the surprises starting popping up from the first room. The ground floor hosts the exhibition of Niko Pirosmani. Born in Georgia in 1862 (part of Russian Empire at…

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November 23, 2018