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.

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.

The London winter exhibition guide

Besides Frieze London and Frieze Masters, London has got to offer a huge range of art events in the months of autumn and early winter. This guide will give you short overviews of four London shows I highly recommend visiting.

Nine artists I discovered at Frieze art fair

While many connoisseurs call it “the art circus”, thousands of avid collectors and art enthusiasts keep traveling to London for the most significant art event in the London cultural calendar. This year, Frieze art fair took place from 5 – 7 October (with two preview days on 3rd and 4th October).

Vienna Contemporary: Artists to watch at the fair and in the future

Vienna Contemporary is back with loads of great art and even more young galleries and artists that you should keep an eye on in the near future. For general information about VC please head over to my fair report from 2016. This year Vienna Contemporary, located at Marx Halle, opened with 118 galleries and institutions from 27 different countries, presenting works by more than 400 artists. Because of this density it’s rather challenging to choose artists. 

Best of Frieze sculpture 2018

Among the new works by female artists that impressed on preview day were the colorful sculptures by Indian artist Bharti Kher, rising star Rana Begum, who is based in London, and the US artist Virginia Overton. A flock of Tracey Emin‘s bronze birds have also flown in.

Art Made Now: The Royal Academy’s 250th summer exhibition

Each summer the Royal Academy’s galleries are jam-packed with contemporary art made by internationally renowned artists and young talents graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts. This year, Grayson Perry, and his committee of fellow artists have handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums.

The Budapest vintage guide

Budapest might be the ideal destination for a vintage-lovers weekend getaway. I recommend staying in the Jewish quarter, which is definitely the most bohemian one, offering courtyard cafés, design shops and ruin-like buildings that have a unique atmosphere and aesthetic.