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Mark Rothko at the KHM

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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…

Sky full of stones @ Stephansdom

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(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…

Chinese Whispers @ MAK

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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…

The story of the Neidhart Fresken

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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…

Renoir and the brazen thieves

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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,…

Vlad Dracul

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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…

Winter time in the Albertina

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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…

Long Night of the Museums

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This weekend, on Saturday the 6thof October the “ORF – Long Night of Museums” takes place for the 19thtime, an annual highlight of the Austrian cultural calendar. Among varied exhibitions, many exciting events and special offers, visitors can choose their personal highlights and visit (or at least try to visit) all 135 participating houses in…

Vienna Contemporary / PARALLEL VIENNA / Curated by

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Vienna’s busy contemporary art scene of fairs and events Yes, a huge, inflatable, golden head of Karl Marx appeared on the roof of an office building. This time Marx got on the building to make an artistic statement and not a political one (even if some would correctly say that art is always political). The installation…