Welcome to Austria’s member, Dr. Helga Peterlik, was invited by Board member Anne Thun-Hohenstein to report on her time as a diplomat’s wife in Czechoslovakia. Dr. Peterlik witnessed the Prague Spring, ist dramatic end in 1968 and, 21 years later, the Velvet Revolution in 1989. The members of Welcome to Austria and its guests listened with great interest to her exciting and fascinating accounts at the Stallburg’s Club Room.
for accredited diplomats to meet WA members: informal networking lunch at Café Landtmann (Biedermeierzimmer), Universitätsring 4, 1010 Wien, on the second Wednesday of each month, any time between 12:30 and 14:30. Menu € 12,50 or à la carte. Organised by Aglaë Hagg-Thun, Second Vice President.
Oil sketches which served as preparatory works and as a means to attract potential patrons evolved during the nineteenth century into works of their own. Coordinator Martha Hanreich and members of WA were guided through the Belvedere’s exhibition of oil studies, comprising works by Caspar David Friedrich, Hans Makart, Ernst Klimt, Adalbert Stifter, Tina Blau and many others.
(Please click here for further Information: https://www.belvedere.at/fascination_oil_sketch)
In the middle of June, coordinators Anne Thun-Hohenstein and Clarissa Mayer-Heinisch organised a tour to Upper Austria. After a guided tour through the center of Enns – Austria’s oldest city – and a visit of its famous basilica the group of WA members and friends continued to the “Paneum”. The museum for bread is a modern architectural highlight designed by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. Its many arts and culture objects from the last 9000 years tell the history of bread from its invention to its diversity of today.
From there, the group drew a few kilometres to reach the Castle Tillysburg. Georg Spiegelfeld, the owner of the estate, welcomed them and all enjoyed a light lunch before heading back to Vienna. During the bus ride Andreas Habsburg took the Occasion for some interesting, impromptu remarks on the region’s history, which added another highlight to an already very enriching day.
(For further Information please click here: https://www.paneum.at; https://www.schlossseiten.at/schloss/schloss-tillysburg/)
On a beautiful evening of May, Clarissa Mayer-Heinisch and members enjoyed a backstage visit to the Natural History Museum, guided by the director of the Department for zoology Martin Löbl and the scientist Stefanie Jovanovic-Kruspel. After a walk through the archives and hidden places of the museum, the museum’s rooftop awaited them with drinks and a marvellous view over the city of Vienna.
(For further information on the Natural History Museum please click here: https://www.nhm-wien.ac.at/)
The KHM holds the largest and most important collection of coins minted under Maria Theresa who became a legend during her lifetime. The medals functions as a way to commemorate her reign. Martha Hanreich and members of Welcome to Austria were guided through the exhibition which focuses on the most important topoi in Maria Theresa’s private and public life.
(For further information please click here: https://www.khm.at/en/visit/exhibitions/in-her-majestys-hands/)
The collections contain major works of European art spanning five centuries and are among the most important private collections in the world. Dating back to the seventeenth century, they are rooted in the Baroque ideal of princely Patronage of the arts. Martha Hanreich and members of WA admired these great collections as well as the new acquisitions.
(For further information please click here: https://www.albertina.at/en/exhibitions/liechtenstein-the-princely-collections/#)
To complement the expansive Moser exhibition at the MAK, Stefanie Winkelbauer organised a guided tour at the Theatermuseum. Members of WA gained an insight into the extraordinary multi-talented designer’s creations for all kinds of stages, from cabaret to grand opera.
(For further information click here: https://www.theatermuseum.at/en/in-front-of-the-curtain/exhibitions/applications/)
Coordinator Martha Hanreich and members of WA were offered with a very interesting guided tour about the art work of Koloman Moser (1868-1918). Moser was an eminent figure of the Viennese Fin de siècle, part of the Secessionists’ movement. Due to his mastery of a wide range of disciplines – painting, graphic art, arts and crafts, interior design, fashion, scenography – he was one of the leading artists of Vienna’s artistic renewal.
(For further information click here: https://www.mak.at/en_kolomanmoser)
(“People from the North have the sun in their hearts which they don’t have outside”)
were the words of the greeting of H.E. Ghislain D’hoop at this year’s traditional Advent Concert of Welcome to Austria. Mrs. Catharine D’hoop Freeman-Thomas, the ambassador’s wife, in cooperation with board member Dr. Elisabeth Wolff, graciously invited WA members to a Jolly Pre-Christmas Musical Tea at the Belgian Embassy. Members first warmed up with a drink in their hands while listening to a transporting piano recital by Fateme Beytollahi.
Under the joyful and experienced guidance of our hostess, all joined in exuberant carol singing that didn’t want to seem to end. To make matters complete, a traditional Christmas Cake was cut and warm wishes were made.