Always sad to leave Salzburg behind, but there is much that awaits in Vienna. There are so many worthwhile museums that it is impossible to cover the best of them in one visit. It seems that the more you visit the more you uncover to be done. From the palatial Museum of Natural History to the diminutive 3rd. Man Museum, you will not lack for cultural diversions.
WOMBAT’S CITY HOSTEL – Naschmarkt
Naschmarkt – Big market filled with all sorts of vendors. One aisle has a large variety of indoor/outdoor restaurants.
Strolling down the boulevard taking in the sights.
MARIA THERESA SQUARE
MARIA THERESA STATUE
MUMOK – MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Alain JAQUET – Portrait de L’Homme – 1964
Jorrit TORNQUIST – Opus 31 -1964
Andre BEAUDIN – Paul Eluard – 1947
Oskar SCHLEMMER – Abstrakte Figur – 1921
Pablo PICASSO – Femme Assise a L’Echarpe Verte – 1960
Albert Paris GUTERSLOH
Fritz JANSCHKA – Bildnis Wolfgang Hutter – 1947
Carry HAUSER – Selbstbildnis – 1921
MuseumsQuartier Wein – Museums District
IMPERIAL PALACE (Hofburg)
One small setting out of numerous silver settings. These are gilded versions.
A glowering Franz Josef at the foot of a staircase that can’t hold a candle to that staircase back in Salzburg at the Mirabell Palace.
This is a dress worn by Elisabeth the Empress of Austria who became known simply as “Sisi”. In time she became a tragic figure who could never find happiness due to the constrictive demands and responsibilities of court life. She was especially tall (5ft. 8in.), slender, and beautiful throughout her life regardless of her four pregnancies. She kept a gym in whatever palace she resided in and followed a strict diet which enabled her to maintain the same weight throughout her life. She was assassinated in 1898 at the age of sixty, and immediately became the thing of legends.
Pierre-Auguste RENOIR – Portrait of a Young Girl (Elisabeth Maitre) – 1879
Auguste RODIN – Large Danaide – 1885
Paul SIGNAC – Venice, The Pink Cloud – 1909
Paul SIGNAC – Antibes, the Towers – 1911
Claude MONET – View of Vetheuil – 1881
Claude MONET – The Water Lily Pond – 1917-1919
Edgar DEGAS – Two Dancers – 1905
Amadeo MODIGLIANI – Young Woman in a Shirt – 1918
Henri MATISSE – Parrot Tulips – 1905
Wassily KANDINSKY – Inner Alliance – 1929
Marc CHAGALL – Sleeping Woman with Flowers – 1972
Georges BRAQUE – The Sideboard – 1920
Pablo PICASSO – Still Life with Guitar – 1942
Pablo PICASSO – Woman in a Green Hat – 1947
Joan MIRO – Birds and Insects – 1938
Max ERNST – Under the Bridges of Paris – 1961
Victor VASARELY – Markab-Neg – 1953
Rene MAGRITTE – The Enchanted Domain – 1953
ANSELM KIEFER – THE WOODCUTS
Anselm KIEFER – The Rhine – 1993
Anselm KIEFER – The Starry Sky Above Me and the Moral Law Within Me – 1997
WOMBAR – Hostel Bar
Sculpture on the corner of a bridge. Walking to the Hundertwasser Museum.
Hundertwasser Museum -Kunst Haus Wien
Fountain with water flowing upward in three points before falling down.
Friedensreich HUNDERTWASSER – La Fusee Vegetale des Anciens Maitres – 1956
Unfortunately, photography was prohibited in the Hundertwasser exhibit, but I had a shot from another gallery so you could at least get an idea of what his work is like. Below is some environmentally conscious artwork that was in another area of the museum.
3rd. Man Museum
This museum is dedicated to the 1949 film noir starring Joseph Cotton, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. This striking shadowy thriller was filmed expressionistically and is a paranoid story of social, economic, and moral corruption in a depressed, rotting and crumbling, 20th century Vienna following World War II. It is one of the greatest British thrillers of the post-war era and was voted the #1 British film of the 20th. century by the esteemed British Film Institute. Set entirely in Vienna, this film is the passion of the curator of this museum who runs it with his wife. See the film before traveling to Vienna, and make sure you have a Saturday in town because the museum is only open regularly on Saturdays. Sometimes they add another day here and there so be sure and check their website.
Inside the gift shop, they have all sorts of paraphernalia as well as posters and original lobby cards from the film. Afterward go to the Hotel Sacher, featured in the film, and have their renowned Sacher torte in the Sacher cafe.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Homo Ergaster – “Turkana Boy” age 12 – 1.6 million years old
Enormous Quartz Crystal
More large specimens
The holy grail of prehistoric sculpture awaits in the beckoning sanctuary marked Venus.
The famed Venus of Willendorf.