A staircase is a journey, where the steps lead you through the way. 1st. Step: The k. k Österreichische Länderbank: It was planned as a bank building which should project solid seriousness and reliance. Otto Wagner was in charge of the design and managed wonderfully to join functionality and his own aesthetics, marking the beginning of 20th century Viennese architecture.
Tuned in to sea and green
Now that days are shortening play those summer tunes again, the ones we used to listen to by the sea, under a great blue sky. Let your uke sound joyful like in those old warm days laying in the green, under a bright dusk sun.
August: Peach and sugar – Patterns are for summer
August, the turning point in the late summer.
It seems possible to remain in these days forever, caught in this golden season where time runs backwards.
Hundertwasser: the straight line is ungodly
Friedensreich Hundertwasser – born in 1928 in Vienna as Friedrich Stowasser – became one of the most well-known artists and architects from Austria. His paintings are full of bright colours, spirals and nature elements combined with touches of gold and silver.
The bloody chamber – Perversion and beauty
The creation of symbolic stories is a mechanism of the human psyche that allows us to approach the elusive reality we are forced to live in, and a narrative framework to transgress the roles of society. Angela Carter, in her evocative The bloody chamber, reformulates fantastic tales apparently full of innocence.
Ernst Fuchs – Fantastic Realism
In 1888, the Jugendstil architect Otto Wagner built the opulent villa surrounded by nature for himself and his wife Louise. Ernst Fuchs – leading representative of Vienna’s Fantastic Realists – opened it to the public.
Edgar Allan Poe has fascinated generations of readers. His tales and poems of sorrow, horror and superb pain are so inspiring and breathtaking that have become a part of our personal imaginarium.
Steinhof – Gold and Green
Where the golden angels are closer to heaven and the woods surround vestiges from the Viennese Jugendstil. The opulent Saint Leopold church was built between 1903 and 1907 by the architect Otto Wagner at the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital.
Circle of Animals
Ai Weiwei reinterprets symbolism, tradition and repatriation in over-sized bronzed sculptures. After Prague, Chicago, Paris and Los Angeles, the exhibition took place in the Belvedere gardens of Vienna.
Maidens of Karyai – Greek Architecture
From ancient Greek architecture until our days, these beautifully sculpted females named caryatids support the entablatures of many classical buildings.