Tag Archives: Vienna

through the Iron Curtain

There is no doubt that Vienna is quite a mind-blowing town when it comes to art, even if (judging from the work in the Secession House) it looks like it might be living off its former glories (but perhaps that’s … Continue reading

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the end of Vienna

There was one last museum left in Vienna before I moved on: the Leopold Museum. This had some Klimt in it, but its main star was Egon Schiele, a protege of Klimt’s, who arrived in Vienna at the age of … Continue reading

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four museums in a day: the straight line is godless

That’s what Hundertwasser said. He was an originally Viennese but ultimately globetrotting artist originally named Friedrich Stowasser, who ultimately renamed himself Friedenreich Hundertwasser (which is German for peacecountry hundredwater). You can see why he said that about the straight line … Continue reading

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four museums in a day: Belvedere

My next stop was the Belvedere, another old palace converted into a gallery. It’s on a low hill, so there is a view over Vienna – as painted by Canaletto 250 years ago: and how it looks now: Again there … Continue reading

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four museums in a day: secession

My next stop was the Secession House, so named because the painter Gustav Klimt and some of his friends decided in 1897 to secede from the Viennese art establishment. This had a lot to do with a situation in which … Continue reading

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four museums in a day: impressionists

I knew I had a lot to do today. Apart from all the Viennese stuff, I had spotted an ad for an exhibition at a Hofburg gallery called the Albertina: Monet Picasso. I had taken it that this would be … Continue reading

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…and again, this time with jewelry…

So after I looked at the Habsburgs’ art collection, then I went to their treasury. Usually a treasury has money in it, but this treasury was full instead of some real treasures – some of the most amazingly valuable objects … Continue reading

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oh no, those Habsburgs again…

I thought that yesterday had been my day of visiting Habsburg palaces, but it seems that in Vienna their influence runs deeper than that… Today I went to the Vienna art history museum, a very grand structure… …that, as it … Continue reading

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Habsburg Day

Today I went to two places: the summer palace of the Habsburg royal family, just outside the center of Vienna; and their winter palace, right in Vienna. These people had not just one palace but two! and every six months … Continue reading

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