What makes us want to travel and explore the world? Of course, the cultural differences we encounter. Being able to understand the humans from their cultural standpoint of where they come from and what they believe, as well as where those beliefs come from. Therefore I want to talk about the World Museum or Weltmuseum Wien (former Museum of Ethnology) in Vienna, which is the largest anthropological museum in Austria build in 1876. Located in the Hofburg Imperial Palace, WMW has a comprehensive ethnographical and archaeological objects from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and America. Since November 2014 the museum was closed due to renovation and was reopened on the 25th of October 2017.
Ethnological museums are witnesses to the cultural diversity and changes of our human societies. – WMW
Today, I am taking you inside the Museum of fine Arts in Vienna, which is one of the most important European museum buildings opened in 1891. The magnificent architecture creates a fitting setting for the artistic treasures assembled by the Habsburgs, amongst the most breathtaking in the world. The collections range from Ancient Egyptian and Greek and Roman Antiquities to Medieval Art and the splendid Renaissance and Baroque. So the museum is divided into eight different collections, some of which are housed in the Hofburg and in Schönbrunn Palace.
London-based art advisor, founder & managing Director of AIB Art Advisory Ariane Belisle spends her days scouting the world for new artistic talent. In collaboration with Disi Couture, Ariane talks about her experience and listed 10 emerging artists to watch.
Recently the international art consultancy and gallery network of art consultants, advisors and curators VELVENOIR collaborated with steininger.designers for ART X INTERIOR, an exclusive event at Steininger’s showroom in Vienna that presents the best experience on contemporary art and design and brought art lovers, designers, architects, art collectors together to experience a unique presentation.
The installation entailed a curated selection of fine art paintings, photography, exclusive kitchen and sculptures. I am happy to announce my collaboration with VELVENOIR that implements the highest quality of service and providing unique artwork to build and elevate a beautiful space.
Belvedere and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) presents Olafur Eliasson: Baroque Baroque exhibition at the Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy November 21, 2015–March 6, 2016
Belvedere and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) invited bloggers last week to a special preview of the exhibition by the Danish Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Conceived by Francesca von Habsburg in collaboration with Agnes Husslein, OLAFUR ELIASSON: BAROQUE BAROQUE is an fantastic project that shows Eliasson’s most wonderful works from the holdings of TBA21 and the Juan and Patricia Vergez Collection. We had the change to see Eliasson’s artworks from two decades and his his work and the extraordinary baroque setting of the Belvedere’s Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy in Vienna. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue edited by TBA21 and Belvedere and it’s open from November 21, 2015–March 6, 2016.
“I find it inspiring that
the baroque exhibited such confidence in the fluidity of the boundaries between models of reality and, simply, reality. The presentation of my works at the Winter Palace is based on trust in the possibility of constructing reality according to our shared dreams and desires and faith in the idea that constructions and models are as real as anything.”
Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Eliasson strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world.
Eliasson’s diverse works – in sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installations – have been exhibited widely throughout the world. Not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery, his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects and interventions in civic space.
Last week Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) and Kiehl’s invited me to a very interesting event, where the invited guests had the opportunity to have a deep insight into the current exhibition Aru Kuxipa – to see “Sacred Secret” and to learn more about the connection of contemporary art in the context of internal and external healing, sustainability, beauty care and unique knowledge.
Hosted by Francesca von Habsburg, the founder and the owner of TBA21, our exhibition tour started with the Brazilian well-known artist Ernesto Neto than the presentation of the new Kiehl’s “Daily Reviving Concentrates” (I will tell you everything about this product soon) and after the presentation, we were invited for an amazing dinner at the AU Cafe/Restaurant to share the thoughts and knowledge, the importance of art that plays an important role in the fields of fashion, cosmetics, lifestyle.
Aru Kuxipa expresses the vision and dream of the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto and the Amazonian artists, plant masters, and pajés (shamans) of the thirty-seven Jordão Huni Kuin communities to co-create a place of transformation, a zone of encounter and expression, and a site of healing away from their ancestral lands. Sanctioned by a communal decision to come to Vienna and to perform and share within the space of art the Huni Kuin’s sacred forms of expression, art, ritual, and knowledge, the exhibition traces luminous trajectories into our ‘ancestral futures.’ This encounter forged under the sign of the Huni Kuin’s Novo Mundo / Novo Tempo calls for a renewed engagement with and contribution to the world at large, a time of exchange, and a striving for indigenous self-governance and sovereignty. Learn more about the exhibition here.
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
Founded in 2002 by Francesca von Habsburg in Vienna, Austria, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) represents the fourth generation of the Thyssen family’s commitment to the arts. The foundation is dedicated primarily to the commissioning and dissemination of ambitious, experimental, and unconventional projects that defy traditional categorizations. This approach has gained the collection a pioneering reputation throughout the world. The foundation’s projects promote artistic practices that are architectural, context- and site-specific, performative, and often informed by an interest in social aesthetics and environmental concerns. Many of the projects reflect the shift away from disciplinary to transdisciplinary practices embracing architecture, sound, music, and science. The “cross-pollination” of disciplines challenges interpretation and the traditions of collecting, preserving, and presenting works of art. This approach reflects the vision of TBA21’s founder, Francesca von Habsburg.
Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin
Aru Kuxipa | Sacred Secret
A très chic weekend with horses, race course, luxury and Aishwarya Rai. One of my best weekend of the first half of 2015, that took place during the weekend of 12-14 June in Chantilly
Mostly good things happen, when you don’t expect them. So it was, when I got invited from Longines to attend the Prix De Diane 2015 in Chantilly. I always wanted to see horse races live and thank to Longines, my wish came true. Getting ready for the elegant weekend, what to wear and how to look in many events – was another part of the excitement.
Our journey started on Friday 12th of June, from Vienna to Paris and than we were picked up from the airport to Chantilly, which is a commune in the Oise department in the valley of the Nonette in the Picardy region of northern France. Surrounded by Chantilly Forest, the town of 11,000 inhabitants, lies 38.4 km north-northeast from the centre of Paris.
Famous about the House of Montmorency in the 15th to 17th centuries, the Château de Chantilly was home to the princes of Condé, cousins of the kings of France, from the 17th to the 19th centuries, now it’s the Musée Condé. Chantilly is also known for its horse racing track, the Chantilly Racecourse, where prestigious races are held for the Prix du Jockey Club and the Prix de Diane. Chantilly and the surrounding communities are home to the largest racehorse-training community in France.
In nearly twenty minutes of driving from the airport, we arrived to Tiara Château Hotel Mont Royal. A stunning five-star Château, that was located in the middle of the Chantilly Forest, was definitely one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever been and a perfect weekend getaway, that felt like the most relaxed short vacation.
Nestling in the heart of the enchanting Chantilly Forest, the Tiara Château Hotel Mont Royal took me on a journey through centuries of history. The rooms were decorated in the traditional French style, with a typical chateau hotel heritage and character. Great attention to detail, I felt very comfortable during my stay in this hotel.
On Friday in the evening, we went to the opening of the temporary photography exhibition “TURF“, established by the Chantilly Foundation and sponsored by the prestigious Swiss watch brand Longines, held June 12, 2015 at the Great Stables of Chantilly. Charles-Henri Diriart, executive director of the domain of Chantilly and Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice President and International Marketing Director, cut the ribbon to open the exhibition and letting the invited guests to discover the preview of the hundreds of photos in large format representing the world of horse racing.
This exhibition will be open daily from 10 to 18, until the 28 August 2015. This exhibition will transport guests through time back to 1930s, from Chantilly to other distant destinations. The sponsorship of this exhibition by Longines is a further guarantee of ties between the latter and the Chantilly Foundation. Indeed, the Swiss watch brand is Title Sponsor, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch since 2011 the Prix de Diane Longines, taking place every spring at the Chantilly racecourse. In addition, a permanent space Longines was recently installed at the Museum of the Horse of Chantilly, also managed by the Foundation.
The passion for equestrian sports Longines dates back to 1878 when the brand was developing its first chronograph. It quickly experience a great success on racetracks in the United States. Today, the brand’s racing partner and jumping competitions of renowned barriers and umbrella organizations of these disciplines. Longines timing devices that are visible in the Turf exhibition reflect this secular commitment.
Inside of the beautiful Sous Le Dome Des Grandes Ecuries De Chantilly.Huge photographs of the jockeys at the “TURF” exhibition. Longines at TURF exhibition The Jockeys at “TURF” exhibition. Dinner at the Sous Le Dome Des Grandes Ecuries De Chantilly.
And our day ended at the hotels bar along with cocktails and snacks. Stay tuned for the day two in Chantilly, when I met the beautiful Longines Ambassador and Bollywood Diva Aishwarya Rai, as well as the “Dolce Vita Garden Party” at Château Chantilly, and many more!
From the Mondrian dresses to the original Le Smoking suit, the British Bowes Museum is getting ready to launch Britain’s first comprehensive display of the work and life of Yves Saint Laurent, titled – Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal
Curated by The Bowes Museum and the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, ‘Style Is Eternal’, will showcase pieces from the late designer’s tenure as creative director of Christian Dior, as well as styles from his own label.
The first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French designer’s work and life, the Yves Saint Laurent: “Style Is Eternal” show will present fifty garments including iconic pieces from the Russian Collection, the aforementioned Mondrian dresses and the Tuxedo. The show will also open up a dialogue with The Bowes Museum’s fine and decorative art collection, creating a unique sense of narrative around the history of fashion in general.
The Russian Collection
Inspired by the costume designs for Sergei Diaghilev’s early 20th-century Ballets Russes, Yves Saint Laurent’s 1976 ‘Russian’ collection was at the time tipped as one of the greatest fashion collections.
The Mondrian Dresses
Fashion and art collided literally for the first time in 1965 when Yves Saint Laurent showed six cocktail mini dresses to his haute couture audience. There’s so much to say if you go fashion forensic on this one – note the simple lines of both the dress and the artwork, the block coloring, the idea that the body can be a canvas. Knowing the flat planes of the 1960s canvases achieved by contemporary artists in the lineage of Mondrian, Saint Laurent made the historical case for the artistic sensibility of his time. Yet he also demonstrated a feat of dressmaking, setting in each block of jersey, piecing in order to create the semblance of the Mondrian order and to accommodate the body imperceptibly by hiding all the shaping in the grid of seams.
The exhibition which has been organized in collaboration with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, will take place from 11 July – 25 October 2015.
Those who follow me on Instagram have already seen many pictures of the Kristian Schuller’s photography book “Tales For Oskar“. I have been a huge fan of Kristian Schuller’s photography for a long time and always admired his fantasy of capturing all wonderful colors, fantasy, glamour, fashion, and wonderful shapes to extravagant creative photography.
Born in Romania and rised in Germany, Kristian Schuller lived in Paris, London and New York. He studied fashion design from his teacher Vivienne Westwood and learned not to study only fashion itself but also its history and technical execution. Vivienne Westwood took Kristian Schuller to Paris to show him the world of fashion. Than he decided to pursue photography after he met F. C. Gundlach, who introduced him as fashion-design student from Berlin, to the world of photography. Later all doors opened to him when he became a photographer. Kristian Schuller tells stories with his camera by creating the fantastic, the outrangerous fixed on paper, a picture conveys the unrepresentable moments before and after the shutter is released, thus eliciting wonderful stories in the mind of the viewers.
Dedicated to all Oskar’s of the world, Kristian Schuller’s photography book “Tales for Oskar” is a synonym for innocence, freshness, naivety – for a absolute refusal to grow up, for the constantly recurring pleasure of building an new sandcastle and Kristian Schuller’s castle is photography. He spent three months in Africa and a very important project for this book. His work has included photographs for magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, photographing models including Gisele Buendchen, Amber Arbucci and Heidi Klum. In 2004 Kristian’s photographic work featured on the front cover of Duran Duran’s Astronaut album. “Tales for Oskar” is available here.