Driving through LA with Michael Lange

Immediately after diving into the book, which is bound by hand and feels like a map, a journey unfolds, leaving imprints of LA streets and corners. Indeed the photographs mentally brought me to Los Angeles without  having been there before.

A Tyrolean affair of modernity

Nowadays there is a renewed interest in traditional ways of dressing. First and foremost, this means an appreciation for those who have been keeping Trachten alive for generations.

A Tyrolean affair of tradition

Trachten have existed since the fifteenth century. They are proof that clothing has never been just a piece of garment but also a means of communication and expression of style as well as origin.

Caravaggio’s Viennese theatre of emotions

It is no secret that especially Caravaggio has been able to bring not only an incredible light but also an equal amount of strong emotions to his works. The innermost motions of the psyche were greatly important to Caravaggio’s contemporaries too.

Ottmanngut’s guest house of all senses

Located in between the mountains, close by the historical spa city of Merano in Italy’s region of Alto Adige, the country residence’s history is almost as long and rich as the one of Merano itself. A document from 1920 bears witness to the existence of a country property known as Psorengütl located just outside the city wall. By the 16th century the name changed to Ottmangut and the property became one of five such farmhouses in the area.

Franz Fromm and his rare art collection at Villa Freischütz

As soon as entering the villa, I entered a world of wonders, feeling almost like an old romantic movie in black and white including loads of aesthetic scenes. Indeed I have experienced an intense connection with the arts and its former owners, while strolling through the well-decorated living rooms.

9 Artists to watch during and after the Venice Biennale

While I was visiting the international exhibition, I noticed a certain ambition towards depicting human failure as well as human tragedies including acts of violence, slavery and suppression. My artist guide is based on the works of art whichever managed to capture the pivotal idea of La Biennale this year including many diverse approaches towards the human way of living life.

On the traces of St Francis and Napoleon at Isola del Garda

Currently the Garda Island is owned by the Cavazza family, but over the centuries it had various names which were nearly always linked to the different owners: insula Cranie, island of Monks, Lechi island, Scotti island, de Ferrari island and later Borghese island. ​

A night at the couture salons of Yves Saint Laurent in Paris

At the heart of 5 Avenue Marceau lies the studio (where Yves worked for nearly thirty years). The room is a bright, quiet, neutral space with a mirrored wall. This is where sketches were given to the chefs d’ateliers, who first produced a “toile” (first version of the final proportions, cut and silhouette). Once the toile was approved, the fabrics were selected.

My Vienna vintage walk

Recently I have been strolling around one of my favourite streets in Vienna: Gumpendorferstraße, located in the 6th district. The street lies between busy Mariahilfer Straße and Naschmarkt. It was once a nondescript side street, but now shops, café and restaurants flourish here, thanks to the neighboring MuseumsQuartier. 

Fondazione dalle Nogare: Nurturing contemporary artistic projects in rural Bolzano

The Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation was established in 2012 to promote contemporary art as a language for interpreting changes in society and as a tool for promoting interaction between art, architecture, innovation and artistic research, intending a wide range of the general public to engage and take part in various programmes.