Secretary of Welcome to Austria

Interesting and hidden places

were discovered by members of Welcome to Austria in Rasha Corti’s tour organised by Clarissa Mayer-Heinisch which concluded with Schnitzel, Spritzer and animated discussions at Figlmüller’s.

Guide Rasha Corti and WA members


Curator’s tour at the Hofmobiliendepot

Dr. Eva Ottillinger took Martha Hanreich and members through the exhibition of Viennese furniture design from around 1900.

We have seen this lovely furniture produced in Vienna here and there, and this was an opportunity to learn more about the context and see entire ensembles of interior decoration – which are less known.

Martha Hanreich organised a tour at the Hofmobiliendepot

Dr. Eva Ottillinger gave a rich and insightful guided tour









(For further information click here: http://www.hofmobiliendepot.at/ausstellung/aktuelle-sonderausstellung/wagner-hoffmann-loos-und-das-moebeldesign-der-wiener-moderne.html)


H. Horten collection at Leopold Museum










Dr. Agnes Husslein-Arco, Leopold Museum board member and curator of Heidi Horten’s collection, received Anne Thun-Hohenstein and members of Welcome to Austria at the Leopold Museum. A very informative tour was given of Heidi Horten’s rich collection which comprises art works by Marc Chagall, Picasso, Gustav Klimt, Damien Hirst, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Andy Warhol, Paul Klee, and many more.

Dr. Agnes Husslein-Arco curated the Exhibition; A. Thun-Hohenstein and guide

Tour of the Heidi Horten collection









(For further Information please click here: https://www.leopoldmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/94/wowhttp://hortencollection.com/home-2/ )

A “poet and architect of light”

Members and Anne Thun-Hohenstein visited the atelier of Austrian Artist Brigitte Kowanz where they were received by her son. Kowanz, Professor at the University of Applied Arts, participant of the venice Biennale 2017, was awarded the Grand Austrian State Prize (2009).

For three decades, she has been displaying light as a language, as a code.

says coordinator Anne Thun-Hohenstein who organised the event.

A. Thun-Hohenstein & A. Kowanz


Cube by B. Kowanz

Artworks by B. Kowanz











(For further information click here: http://kowanz.com/en/)


Transparency and brillancy

Coordinator Martha Hanreich and members of Welcome to Austria were given a guided tour of the Albertina’s exhibition of Viennese watercolor paintings. Biedermeier-era painters – most notable among them: Rudolf von Alt – captured nineteenth-century Austrian landscapes and city views in delicately tuned hues.

Viennese Watercolor

Martha Hanreich and members at Albertina

Watercolor flowers








(For further information click here: https://www.albertina.at/en/exhibitions/viennese_watercolour/)

Beating the seasonal rush

Villa Wartholz (1870) near Reichenau a.d. Rax

Members and their families took to the enchanting Christmas market set in the lush outreaches of the Vienna Woods at Reichenau an der Rax. The current mistress of the castle welcomed the group for a private tour held at the palatial Villa Wartholz. It was designed in 1870 by Heinrich von Ferstel in the Historical Revival style for Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria as a recreational and hunting retreat with a splendid view over the valley (and also where Empress Zita gave birth to Otto von Habsburg in 1912).

We left Vienna under a grey sky. But having reached Gloggnitz not a cloud was to be seen and the day at Villa Wartholz ended under splendid sunshine.

tells coordinator Stefanie Winkelbauer who organised the excursion together with Véronique Dorda.

Lunch at the Schlossgärtnerei Café

Hall ceiling

Guided tour at Schloss Wartholz








(For further information click here: http://www.schloss-wartholz.at)



“If It’s Too Long – Make It Longer”

Members and Anne Thun-Hohenstein were received by Gen. Dir. DDr. Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and guided through the MAK’s most interesting exhibition of the well-known artist Thomas Bayrle who combines artisan techniques with computer-generated art from the information Age.

“iPhone meets Japan” (2017) in the Main Hall


“$” (1980)

Artwork by Bayrle









(For further Information click here: http://www.mak.at/e/thomas_bayrle)


Human Grandeur and Harmony of Form at the Albertina

Coordinator Martha Hanreich and members of Welcome to Austria received a guided visit at the Albertina through the first exhibition in Austria presenting works solely by Raphael.

Raphael’s portrait of Bindo Altoviti

Members at the Albertina

Disputa del Sacramento








Raphael’s thought processes and modes of work, from design to final composition, are illustrated not only by masterful drawings but also by around 20 paintings that simultaneously serve as an overview of the artist’s painted oeuvre. The exhibition draws on the rich collections of the Albertina and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.


(For further information click here: http://www.albertina.at/en/raphael)

Art of one and the same family in Vienna over the last 200 years

In October, coordinator Aglaë Hagg-Thun organised a combined excursion about Leopold Kupelwieser’s and Prof. Hans Kupelwieser’s artworks. Ambassador (ret.) Walter Hagg gave a tour of Leopold Kupelwieser’s frescoes and ceiling paintings (1848/1850) in the Foreign Ministry’s Alois-Mock-Saal (formerly “Marmorsaal”).

Guided tour in the Marmorsaal with the frescoes of Leopold Kupelwieser

Warm hearted reception in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with sweets for the children









At Prof. Hans Kupelwieser’s studio in the Wiener Prater, a specially designed game had been prepared for the children. Prof. Kupelwieser guided parents and adults through his lofts and ateliers. The “Lilliput-Bahn” took them to the “Meierei” and its playgrounds for a late lunch.

Prof. Hans Kupelwieser (r.) explains the pavillons for artists founded at the World Exhibition of 1873

Drive in the Liliput-Bahn through the Grüne Prater under pouring rain









(For further information click here: http://www.kupelwieser.at)

The newly opened Weltmuseum in the Hofburg’s former corps de logis

In October 2014, Welcome to Austria was among the last visitors to the Weltmuseum before it was closed for restauration. Only five days after the reopening, Science Coordinator Dr. Elisabeth Wolff and a Group of WA members had the great opportunity to be introduced to the new concept of the redesigned Museum by Director Steven Engelsman who then guided them through the most attractive new galleries.

Aztec emperor Montezuma’s headdress

Patio of the Hofburg’s corps de logis








(For further Information click here: http://www.weltmuseumwien.at )

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