This week Anne Thun-Hohenstein
took WA members to the Jewish Museum. General Director, Dr. Danielle Spera, received the group including spouses in the museum and spoke about her interesting life and splendid career.
…. was just offered by Martha Hanreich: a guided visit through the exhibition “Heavenly! The Baroque Sculptor Johann Georg Pinsel”.
Little is known about his life, origins and training, says our enthousiastic coordinator, Martha. His date and place of birth are buried in obscurity. He became a central figure in Lemberg´s Baroque sculpture, which between 1740 and 1790 reached an extremely high artistic level and amazing homogeneity in terms of style. Worked with the architect Bernard Meretyn, he decorated primarily churches between Lviv and Buchach with his imposing sculptures in wood and stone. The powerful expressivity of his figures not only derives from their facial expressions and gestures, but also and above all from the opulence of their garments. The exhibition shows twenty exhibits by Pinsel and his studio as well as works from Austrian painters of the Late Baroque (Franz Anton Maulbertsch and Paul Troger).
This year’s invitation – once again – came from Ambassador Pascal Teixeira da Silva and his charming wife Pascale into the French residence. Vienna based Nicolai Quartett entertained with Josepf Haydn and Johannes Brahms, with the unique sound of the Vienna Philharmonics: all four quartett members are part of the string crew in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra!
Come and see,
Be a member of Welcome to Austria!
(more photos to come)
An unfinished life
A film on the life of Austrian composer Eric(h) Zeisl, who had to flee from Vienna to the USA in 1938, including original amateur film sequences featuring the composer, his wife and daughter, Arnold Schoenberg and his family, and Maria Altmann and Arnold Schoenberg, main protagonists in the complicated law suit around the restitution of the portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I („The Lady in Gold“). Zeisl ́s daughter Barbara Zeisl-Schoenberg, daughter in-law of the composer Arnold Schoenberg, will be present. Coordinated by Dr. Elisabeth Wolff, Dr. Karin Wagner moderated the presentation.
Coordinated by Honorary President, Gabrielle Schallenberg, President Barbara Neubauer, Head of the Department for the Protection of Monuments, received WA members in the Ancestor’s Gallery of the Hofburg. A highly interesting powerpoint projection of the restauration work done on architectural monuments in Austria gave a pertinent insight to Austrian heritage issues.
for accredited diplomats to meet WA members: informal networking lunch at Café Landtmann, Universitätsring 4, 1010 Wien (Biedermeierzimmer), on the second Wednesday of each month, any time between 12:30 and 14:30. Menu € 12,50 or à la carte. Organized by Aglaë Hagg-Thun, Second Vice President
Renate Christiani saw eight nations around the table of her traditional ” Vienna-at-Home- Wiener Jause” tea party
for new Club members Austrian specialities, such as “Vanilla Kipferl”, “Linzertorte” and “Esterhazy Torte” were served.
The conversation was lively and the cozy atmosphere was further
enhanced by a lovely performance of pianist Ryoko Tajika-Drei,
our Club member from Japan.
Coordinator Anne Thun-Hohenstein organized a passionate guided tour tom one of Europe’s largest urban development projects – a new town as a mix of all round living, work and leisure facilities. After the visit a vivid discussion about urbanism, fashion and living standards animated the excellent lunch in what will once be the center of Seestadt Aspern.
“Knowst thou that land where the lemons bloom so fair?” Mag. Doris Flekatsch, musicologist and an expert in the field, held her conference in the premises of Welcome to Austria. Invited by coordinator Dr. Elisabeth Wolff she highlighted the influence of the innovative Italian styles of composition and performance. Italianità inspired creators of music over centuries. A most appreciated insight!
In Carnuntum the ruins and reconstructions of a Roman Castrum give evidence of what this place close to Vienna, called Vindobona in Roman times, was like. It’s come to live for Welcome to Austria Jeunes Familles on the recent Austrian National Day just before winter will close the doors of the archeological park, museum and houses. Roman ladies in their drawing room, domestics in the bakery and kitchens where introduced in their historic habitat by ambassador Dr. Walter Hagg. Adapted for children this amateur archeologist and art historian took the families around in the Carnuntum settlement and took them even to the Heidentor, an emblem of Austrian – Pannonian – history. Received afterwards in the private home of Dr. Wolfgang and Carina Lafite the renowned Carnuntum wines with a delicious Heurigenjause and a visit to one of the oldest Romanesque Churches in Austria nearby the day closed at the banks of the Danube.
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Saturday, June 11, 2016
Sunday, June 12, 2016