An escape on a summer day, right into Impressionism. The Batliner Collection, which is exhibited at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, is a little paradise for lovers of classic modernism. What remained after my visit were free colors, that blurred in front of my inner eye. Flickering summer air over a water lily pond: a view on the floating sides of Monet.
Medici. Ever since I was little, I was fascinated by this family, that not only ruled with unique strategic cunning, but also commissioned some of the most important works of the Renaissance. Further more, art was an important tool for them, cleverly used to maintain power. The influence of the Medici has manifested beauty that almost scares, for example in one of their most prestigious buildings, the Villa Medici in Rome. A visit was therefore obligatory.
Rome. One of my first destinations in the Eternal City was the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. More than 1,500 years old and located on the Esquiline Hill, it is one of the few churches in Rome that has preserved an early Christian structure. And as with many historic buildings, its story began with a legend.
The Weltmuseum Wien is currently offering a new format, in which visitors are guided through scenes of migration in a mixture of performance, dialogue and museum visit. A review of an evening walk between stories, teapots and the dragon tattoo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Light, gold and wisdom, these are the impressions that remain after my wonderful visit to the monastery library of the Admont Abbey. This year, the monastery celebrates its 945th anniversary. A more than welcome occasion to visit a cultural treasure, in front of which visitors can only remain silent. BONUS: At the end of my article, you find a great tip on how to spend a few wonderful days cheaply here.
Until today, Weimar is considered to be a center of culture and houses a world- famous library. Significantly contributing to that was a duchess, who broke conventions and brought culture. Duchess Anna Amalia of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel.
The Belvedere Museum Vienna impresses with the "Charakterköpfe" of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, displaying a theatre of madness at its best.
The Wiener Porzellanmanufaktur Augarten, Vienna, is a special place: Over 300 years of tradition gather here, surrounded by the oldest baroque garden in Vienna. About an art- and culture exchange, that has survived for centuries in our living rooms.