I was recently flipped ‘The Bird’ by a car driver, I was quite amused because in Japanese culture flipping ‘The Bird’ means brother or sister so not a rude gesture, so I waved back and smiled. He looked at me with an angry face and raced off. So where did the gesture of flipping the bird come from? Read more
Are cemeteries a place of memory or only used for the disposal of a body? What significance attaches to a culture of memory. Cemeteries penetrates deeply into the cultural studies and the question of human action. Dealing with death is thus a cultural phenomenon and accordingly complex. Read more
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – The Great Composer of Classical Music
Born on January 27, 1756 in the city of Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart one of the greatest geniuses of classical music. As a child already had a great musical talent, and his father, Leopold Mozart, who was a composer encouraged his musical son gifts. With the support of the father he began to write short duets and compositions for the piano still in its infancy. Read more
Beethoven – Composer and Pianist
Ludwig van Beethoven better known as only Beethoven was one of the biggest names in classical music in the world, becoming a composer and pianist well respected for his great works. Born in a town in Germany called Bonn in 1770, the artist has started to show his talent for music very early when he was a boy. Read more
Zentralfriedhof: The Vienna Central Cemetery:
The Vienna Central Cemetery is an area of nearly 2.5 million square meters, the second largest cemetery system in Europe and is thanks to its countless memorials and its generous investment to the main attractions of the city.
It is contrary to its name, on the southern outskirts of Vienna in the district of Simmering, but continues to meet the largest burial site of Vienna a central role, not least because the cost of burials at the Central Cemetery considerably lower than for burials in the cemeteries in other districts are. Currently, the cemetery is home to about 330,000 grave sites with three million dead. Read more
Johann Strauss the Elder (1804-1849)
Childhood and Marriage
Johann Strauss, from an early age showed no interest in music, but began his career in 1817 as a bookbinder and this same year took violin lessons and learned music theory from Ignaz von Seyfried. Johann Strauss the Elder, became very talented and joined a short time as a violist to Joseph Lanner, who had founded with the Brothers Drahanek a trio. Strauss befriended his later competitors Lanner quickly.
On September 1, 1825, Strauss separated from Lanner Orchestra. Approximately two and a half years earlier he had met Anna Streim, the daughter of the host “The Red Rooster” in Lichtenthal. Read more
Is photography an extension of painting?
As we know photography is the art of light, painting is the art of line and colour. The goal is the same, but the medium is completely different. As Cartier-Bresson said,
… Drawing and photography start from the same point: the act of looking; then the drawing is an elaboration of reality, photography and a supreme moment captured in a single instant. Read more
Belvedere Palace – the palace complex:
During a visit to Vienna, one of the highlights was visiting the Belvedere Palace, not soley for the painting and photography exhibits, but for the garden palace complexes which were created by Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt for Prince Eugene of Savoy. The gardens were seperators to distinguish the Upper and Lower Belvedere. The Palace is now home to the Austrian Gallery, which is divided on two parts. Read more
Gérard Vulliamy (1909-2005)
Gérard Vulliamy (1909-2005) was a painter, draftsman and engraver of French Swiss origin born in Paris. He attended the school of André Lhote, in which he joined the group in 1932 Abstraction- Creation founded by Auguste Herbin. Vulliamy met Jacques Villon, Robert Delaunay and Piet Mondrian. Two years later, he progressed to surrealism. This is when he became part of the group of Swiss artists Allianz. Read more