• An Autumnal Artistic Interlude in Vienna

    by  • July 2, 2014 • Art, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Exhibitions, Vienna

    Vienna’s the place to be this autumn as the artistic greats come to town.

    The autumn and winter months may already seem a long way off and yet Vienna is gearing up for an amazing artistic extravaganza later this year as four ground-breaking exhibitions devoted to the work of Joan Miró, Claude Monet, Diego Velázquez and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec have been announced on the city’s cultural calendar. Guaranteed to catapult the Austrian capital into the spotlight, visitors from far and wide will flock to the city to take advantage of such a delicious assortment of painting greatness brought together whilst also enjoying the Vienna’s versatility and vivacity on a short break.


    First up is the Spanish Surrealist artist, Joan Miró, with a solo retrospective of around 100 paintings, drawings and objects taking place at the Albertina. Launching on the 12th of September and running through the autumn and winter months until the 11th of January, 2015, the exhibition, entitled ‘From Earth to Sky’ seeks to explore the poetic quality of Miró’s work, characterised with a sense of lightness and spontaneity. Arguably one of the 20th century’s most popular artists, Miró’s canvasses display almost a childlike innocence and fascination, filled as they are with moons and stars, insects and birds, eyes and women.


    Next up is a full retrospective of the works of French painter, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, taking place at the Bank Austria Kunstforum from the 16th of October, 2014 until the 25th of January, 2015. Following on from the exhibition taking place in Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibition, ‘Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – The Path to Modernism’ celebrates the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth and is the first of its kind to be held in Austria. Featuring a worldwide gathering of artistic loans under one roof, the exhibition seeks to demonstrate Toulouse-Lautrec’s extraordinary skills of observation in different subject matter as well as his multi-faceted approach using a wealth of artistic genres, be it lithographs, paintings or posters.


    Over at the Schloss Belvedere meanwhile, the Orangery is the very lucky host of a fabulous exhibition devoted to Claude Monet. Along with his Impressionist contemporary, Edouard Manet, Monet had a significant influence on the Austrian art scene at the turn of the 20th century and the paintings on display are those which were exhibited in Vienna around 1900, alongside paintings and photographs by Austrian artists working around the same era. The exhibition takes place between 24th October, 2014 and 8th February, 2015 and will be open daily.


    Last but by no means least, running almost parallel to Monet’s exhibition is the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s solo retrospective to Diego Velázquez, the first show devoted to the Spanish painter in a German-speaking country. Drawing from its own extensive collection, the exhibition at the KHM also features works by Velázquez on loan from the Prado Museum in Madrid, the National Gallery in London and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and seeks to offer a comprehensive overview of the master’s versatility and virtuosity. Alongside portraits of royal children, the exhibition will also feature other stylistic genres such as kitchen still lifes, religious, historical and mythological subject matter, and showcases a number of masterpieces never before seen in Vienna. The exhibition runs from the 28th of October, 2014 until the 15th of February, 2015.


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.