Otto Wagner Pavilion in Hietzing

Otto Wagner (1841-1918), the influential Viennese urban planner and member of the Secession movement, designed the city rail station that was meant to serve as a stop for the Emperor Franz Josef I. The city rail was inaugurated in 1898, and so the pavilion designed as a waiting room for the emperor and the court,…

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A Gem of Vienna, Austria: Saint Ruprecht, the Oldest Church of the City

A visit to the area that hosts important sites of memory related to the victims and oppressors of WWII (e.g. The City Synagogue located on Seitenstettengasse, as well as Morzinplatz, the place where Gestapo used to have its headquarter) proves rewarding from a different vantage point. Here, near the bank of Danube, in what once…

The Unnoticed Details of Sibiu

Sibiu, also known as Hermannstadt, name taken from its Saxon settlers of the 12th century, has its well-deserved place on the map of Central Europe. This city of Transylvania, a region that occupies the central and north-eastern part of Romania, is mainly famous for its architecture, which boasts a happy blend of medieval and pre-modern…

Public Spaces for Hanging Out in Brașov, Romania, their resemblance with Old Curiosity Shops

Brașov, the city located in the eastern-central part of Romania, has many things to offer to its visitors. Apart from the historical remnants of the Saxon fortress existing there, in the connecting point between Transylvania and the southern part of the country (i.e. so-called Wallachia), Brașov is a suitable location for young people in search…

Carved Angels of Santa Fe (Southwest of USA)

The group of seven archangels carved by the artist José Lucero are located in the Santa Fe River Park along Alameda street. Originally made in 2005 from trunks of dead trees, the angels underwent significant restoration in 2013, according to their original state. Rain and rodents produced significant damage to the wood, hence the artist used…

Între artă și politică: mini-istorie a grupurilor și tendințelor contestatare din muzica celei de-a doua jumătăți a secolului XX

  Acest material este bazat pe o prezentare susținută în 4 martie 2019 la Clubul Muzeului Țăranului Român din București, cu ocazia evenimentului prilejuit de re-memorarea și co-memorarea celui ce a fost Cornel Chiriac, realizator de programe muzicale la Radio Europa Liberă.  În spiritul activității lui Cornel Chiriac, această prezentare s-a axat pe legătura intrinsecă existentă între…

Mid 19th century and Early 20th century Highbrow Houses of Arkansas (Pine Bluff, Little Rock and Fayetteville)

The architecture of Arkansas, the state located in the southern part of America, brings to mind familiar images of patrician houses built in neo-Classic style, similar to those promoted by movies like Gone with the Wind, the iconic production that has become an epitome of the southern culture ever since its release in 1939.  Indeed,…

Skin Deep: Hair Dressers, Barbers, Beauticians, Exhibition running from 19th April 2018 to 6th January 2019 at Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Vienna

The body is not merely a given of nature but always the product of cultural expectations and practices This basic fact written on a banner at the entrance to the exhibition dedicated to hair dressers, barbers and beauticians in Vienna, in the last three centuries, can be considered the theme of this display of tools,…

Modernist Private Collection Goes Public for the First Time (Heidi Göess Horten Collection in Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria)

This year, from mid-February to late August, the Leopold Museum, located in Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier, hosted an exhibition consisting of 170 paintings, sculptures and installations that belong to the private collection of Heidi Göess Horten (https://hortencollection.com/collection/). The exhibition, suggestively named WOW! and curated by Agnes Husslein-Arco, is but a sample of the 500 art pieces detained…