The curtains were raising, as soon as the first note of Mozart’s symphony no. 40 was going to fill a salon of opulence. That is also when I lifted my feet and danced my interpretation of a waltz through a lustrous hall, which made me feel rather small yet gave me a kind of comfort, for its splendour was a luxurious feast for my eyes and thereby for my soul too.
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.
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.
The aim of Parallel Vienna is to present young and emerging artists, side by side, bringing together artistic initiatives of all kind. Furthermore, Parallel wishes to give equal space to both Austrian and international artists / galleries, fostering a platform of exchange.
The Baroque State rooms of the Palais Schönborn-Batthyány, built in the 17th century are deemed for the presentation of museum exhibitions. From 25 May until 14 September, W&K is presenting selected works by the Austrian artist Walter Vopava in the baroque Palais Schönborn-Batthyany. The installation is evoking an interesting and harmonic interplay of abstract paintings and baroque state rooms.
Keith Haring’s art gets very often associated with rather amusing or humorous illustrations. But if you dare to take a closer look, you may as well find some rather negative, sometimes even frightening symbols of topics such as violence, hate and power structures. Haring himself conceived his artistic practice as a political statement in the public realm of New York.
The Albertina Museum is paying tribute to Raphael with a major exhibition of 150 paintings and drawings. Starting from the Museum’s own significant holdings and rounded out by the most impressive and important drawings from famous museums such as the Uffizi, the Royal Collection of the British Royal Family, the British Museum, the Louvre, the Vatican Museums, and the Ashmolean Museum, this monographic presentation places Raphael’s thinking and conceptual process front and center.