FROM ART NOVEAU TO WIEN MODERN
The period between 1890 and 1910 is one of the most amazing in Vienna. Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner in architecture, Josef Hoffmann, Kolo Moser and Wiener Werkstätte in design, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in painting, Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schönberg in music and finally Siegmund Freud.
A wonderful tour depending on season and time can be put together including the following:
Otto Wagner houses on Naschmarkt Wienzeile, Secession with Beethoven Fries by Gustav Klimt, Café Museum, Palmenhaus at Hofburg, Looshaus Michaelerplatz, Artaria Haus at Kohlmarkt, Engel Apotheke, Zacherlhaus Tuchlauben, Knize at Graben and much more!
Possible inside visits: Secession, entrance area of Loos Haus, more upon request
Approx. 2,5 hrs walking tour
Foto: Looshaus am Michaelerplatz by Elisabeth Wolf
GOTHIC ALTARS AND BYZANTINE PRINCESSES
The altar at the museum of the Scottish Abbey in Vienna shows the eldest view on the city ever and is amongst the most impressive and valuable pieces of its time. The artist who lived in the Middle Ages is unknown and center of many secrets, however, for sure he highly influenced artists of the region and further away. A walk around the area takes us on the traces of Byzantine Princesses who brought art and music to Vienna back in the Babenberger period. This walk is particulary lovely around Christmas time and can be booked as a Weihnachtsspaziergang.
Foto: Museum Schottenstift, Vienna
STREET ART IN VIENNA
FROM VANDALISM TO THE WHITE HOUSE
Marked walls invite artists from all over the world to spray in the capital of Austria. Elisabeth Wolf has been researching for a long time, participated in tours in many different countries and workshops and is experienced in making this tour to a big success. You will see the most amazing walls including local and international artists as well as walk over Donaukanal, a famous area to spray. You will also learn about techniques, books, festivals and hear stories including on how street art made it to the White House. Taking pictures on this tour is a must.
If you would like to get going on your own don't miss the fist book on street art by Thomas Grötschnig
"Vienna Murals", first edition 2017, oder at @viennamurals
IMPERIAL FURNITURE COLLECTION, FRANZ JOSEPH AND A CITY WALK IN THE NEUBAU NEIGHBOURHOOD
What an interesting place - full of stuff, Imperial furniture! Afterwards the visit of the exhibition of the Emperor we walked through the Neubau Grätzel with its wonderful houses, latest fashion shops and cosy cafés and had our social get-together high above the roofs of Vienna.
LILACS AT ZENTRALFRIEDHOF:
This cemetery is one of the largest and most impressive ones in the world. We marvelled at monumental tombs and the honorary gravesites. We were impressed by the huge art-nouveau Karl-Borromäus-Church. Our walk also took us to the Baby-cemetery, the Buddhist Stupa and charming forgotten corners in the old Jewish part and we even spotted a deer!
AN ARTIST AND HIS QUATER:
Hannes Mlenek is an established Austrian painter taking some of his inspiration by gliding over the clouds. He invited us to his workshop close to Raimundtheater. We were able to meet him, discuss his work and admire his paintings. Beforehand we went on a city walk within Hannes’ urban quarter. Social point: Artist’s workshop
A walk with charming and knowledgable Gerti Schmidt: we loved her lecturing about history, memorials, biographies and anecdotes about Jewish life in Vienna. Please let us hear more soon, Gerti! As we had very changeable weather, all of us went to Café Diglas to dig into their fabulous sweet dishes and continue our interesting discussions.
"GOLDEN TIMES", PAPYRUS AND FOUR MILLION BOOKS…
Also Artissimi's 7th tour was exciting! We were all fascinated by the exhibition "Golden Times" at the Prunksaal of the National Library seeing masterpieces of manuscripts, incunabula and prints all of within a period of 200 years. Each participant probably found a favorite piece. Afterwards, the English group had the chance to visit the modern library guided by the most charming Frau Mag. Tanzberger, who not only showed us some parts of the back office but also took us to the storage rooms. As parts of these are closed on weekends, the Saturday group visited the unique Papyrus Museum guided by the most professional Mag. Resel. We were all amused about the fact that the Egyptians even had to do a tax declaration…on papyrus of course! A vast program, after which some of us got energy back at the most delicious "Café Demel".
VIRGIL AND VALENTINE:
This was an exciting tour in and around St. Stephan's Cathedral. With sunny and windy weather we travelled back to St. Stephan's square in the year 1200. We saw relics, St. Valentine's beautifully presented in his gilded glass caskets, medieval chapels, climbed up an 800 year old spiral staircase, went down to the recently reopened Chapel of St. Virgil and discussed penance, minstrel songs and artwork from the early days of Vienna.
A RUSH OF COLOUR AND ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS TIME
What an interesting walk through unknown Neubau, 7th district, with the chance to see some of the most charming courtyards. We all were energized after our walk and continued with the most amazing masterpieces of German Expressionism in a large-scale exhibition at Leopold Museum. Finally we had a lovely chat at Café Leopold and looked back to the most successful tours of Artissimi. We all agreed: a fantastic experience for all of us!
LUCIA RICCELLI - VISIT AT HER ARTIST'S WORKSOP:
In November we visited Lucia Riccelli, the Roman painter and dancer in her amazing workshop! We had the great chance to see new and unfinished works. We got to know Lucia's ideas about art, her career, her passion, her topics and her visions. Each morning was unique and very inspiring. After the visit we walked along Gumpendorfer Strasse and continued our chats on art with Lucia in a nearby restaurant. What an exciting morning.