“Les gens du Nord ont dans le coeur le soleil qu’ils n’ont pas dehors”
(“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 Beytollah.
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.
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/wow, http://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.
Martha Hanreich and members at Albertina
(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
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
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)
Vienna at Home
Newcomers, members of many years and board members of WA met at the 10th traditional Vienna-at-Home Wiener Jause at Renate Christiani‘s Viennese home. Over the years she had welcomed guests from around the world and treated them to Austrian hospitality. New friends were made and old acquaintances renewed. The tenth jubilee brought WA Club members again closer together.
Old members and newcomers were graciously received by Renate Christiani