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Finally spring is in the air and we can't wait to go on an Otto Wagner (1841-1918) tour with you. To celebrate this pioneer who left many traces in and around Vienna, Artissimi prepared a special Otto Wagner walk for you. This will include Postsparkasse, Karlsplatz and of course the colourful houses on Wienzeile. For your individual tour please contact us!
Meanwhile happy spring,
yours sincerely,
Elisabeth Wolf 
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After the most beautiful tour with highlights at the Upper Belvedere including paintings of Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka and a walk through the superb baroque gardens, here some of my favourite books and films related to the theme:

  • "Good Living Street" by Tim Bonyhady written in English, in German the title is "Wohllebengasse"
  • all publications of the Belvedere Museum, they usually come in English and are sold in the museum shops as well as some bookstores.
  • "A little Chaos" with Kate Winslet, British period drama film by and with Alan Rickman on baroque gardening, I loved it!
  • "Vatel", French-British historical drama on how to make a party for the French King with Gérard Depardieu and Uma Thurman
  • "The Woman in Gold" with Helen Mirren, drama on the Klimt painting "Adele Bloch Bauer" and its restitution
Foto: Claudia Blake Wiletel

Most amazing Picasso exhibition in Marseille, Southern France at the new MUCEM museum, an architectonical masterpiece by Rudy Riciotti directly at the sea combined with the old "Fort Saint-Jean" dating back Luis XIV. Plan half a day to see not only the exhibition but also to explore the whole museum site and have a stop in one of the excellent restaurants on top with view over the bay, it is simply wow!
"Picasso et les arts et traditions populaires" at

For the first time in Gemany the Kunsthalle München shows an amazing, comprehensive retrospective by Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923), Spain's "master of light". Katrin loved it!
Until July 3rd, 2016, daily 10.00 - 20.00,

Time flew by as we were walking with charming and knowledgeable Gerti Schmidt: we loved her lecturing and entertaining us with anecdotes about history, artists, millionaires, memorials and jewish life in Vienna today. Thank you Gerti we are looking forward to another tour with you!

Reading list:
Frederic Morton:  The Forever Street
Tim Bonyhady:    The Good Living Street

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".
Last chance to see the wonderful exhibition "Golden Times",  until February 21st, 2016, TUE-SUN, 10.00-18.00, THUR until 21.00 at the Prunksaal, Josefsplatz 1,

A few hints on the subject, go online and find:
*) The most amazing libraries in the world (including 3 in Austria!)
*) 17 Bookstores, which will change your life
And one more thing:
Welttag der Fremdenführer:
February 21st, 2016, 09.30-16.00
Free guided tours (also in English) and children's tours in and around the Natural History Museum, Vienna

Artissimi with hints and news at facebook/kultouren

This was an exciting tour in and around St. Stephan's Cathedral. We travelled back to the year 1200, we saw beautifully presented St. Valentine's in his gilded glass casket, we climbed up an 800 year old spiral stair and also went down to the recently reopened chapel of St. Virgil. We discussed artwork, penance, minstrel songs and politics of our early rulers.

Reading List:
J. Le Goff: "The Birth of Europe"
Thomas Mann: "The Holy Sinner"
Régine Pernoud: "Eleonore of Aquitaine" and "Heloise and Abaelard"

Katrin and Elisabeth's history and art favorites for the start of the New Year:
  • "OOOM", the newest magazine in Austria. Number 00 is out just now and amazing! Very inspiring and full of unusual articles and pictures. Interesting: no ads in the very first issue, EXTRAORDINARY!
  • Our favorite exhibition in London: Alexander Calder: "Performing Sculpture", Tate Modern until April 3rd, 2016,
    see picture)
  • Our favorite exhibition in Vienna: "The Women of Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka", unique paintings from all over the world until February 28th, 2016 at Unteres Belvedere,
  • Most interesting website on Austrian history also in English:
  • Amazing book on Germany's history: "Germany, Memories of a Nation", by Neil MacGregor, General Manager of the British Museum in London. The history of the Holy Roman Empire referring to their achievements such as Meissen porcelain or personalties such as Bismarck.
  • Unusual: For cat lovers: "Ulrike Müller" exhibition at MUMOK Vienna until January 31st, 2016,  followed by the only cat café in Vienna, Café Neko", 1010 Vienna, Blumenstockgasse 5,     
  • ...and many more ideas on Katrins blog:

What a wonderful walk through Neubau, Vienna's 7th district. Lucky as we were we saw some hidden courtyards. After so much fresh air we all were energized and continued with the most amazing masterpieces of German Expressionism in a large-scale exhibition at Leopold Museum. Finally we had a chat at Café Leopold and looked back to the most successful tours of Artissimi.
We all agreed: what a fantastic experience for all of us! 
If you have not seen "Farbenrausch" don't miss it: until January 11th, 2016 at

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!
ooks: "Colour" by Victoria Finlay

Everybody loved the photo tour and we thank all of you for sending us your pictures!
If you want to see more of street photography: the Joel Meyerowitz exhibit is on until November 1st, 2015.
There is an exhibit with pictures from Elliott Erwitt on the upper floor of the Leica Shop in Walfischgasse 1 (near the Opera) until January 2nd, 2016 (free entrance).
Reading corner:
Susan Sontag: "On photography"
Roland Barthes: "Camera lucida"
Joel Meyerowitz‘ blog:

We are delighted about a series of highlights during our first tours! Our favorite feedback is:"Thank you for inventing Artissimi" and "…this is the best gift I have made to myself ever…" Thank you so much for your wonderful comments.
Please find here some of our favorite reads which are all about Vienna's history. All of these books were written originally in English: 

1) "Good Living Street", Tim Bonyhady, the history of the Gallia family who lived in Wohllebengasse in Vienna
2) "The Exiles Return" by Elisabeth de Waal
3) and finally if you have not read it already "The Hare with the Amber Eyes", by Edmund de Waal, the history of the Ephrussi family.

Artissimi is now also on Facebook.
Please find us at
with regular hints, lovely pictures and "Did you know…?"

While the Artissimi group for Thursday is fully booked, we are still available for "late bookers" on Saturdays (German) and Tuesdays (English). For Fridays there is a waiting list (German). Please contact us at or 0664 26 42 042
Enjoy the "Kulturherbst" and thank you for your interest,
yours sincerely Elisabeth & Katrin

THE coolest place to check out in the art world at the moment is the new Fondazione Prada in Milan. The former distillery for "Schnaps" had a total refurbishment planned by Prada architect Rem Koolhaas and shows many of Miuccia Prada's pieces of art in a new way. An experience, you should book the sooner the better! Plan lots of time to go to "Bar Luce" on the premises. Indulge in a word on its own, the Italy of the fifties with flippers and lovely colors, Cappuccino or Campari, and enjoy the view to the new landmark of the museum's world: the golden tower! 

The very first Artissimi walk took place with a fine group of 20 in the beginning of June and was a big success! The rose garden (Volksgarten) was at its best, the fountains indeed very refreshing given the delightful weather. We all enjoyed the tour including the biggest pop art collection outside of America with its finest art works at the exhibition "Ludwig Goes Pop".

We would sincerely like to thank Karola Kraus, Direcor of MUMOK Vienna on her fine introduction about the collection and welcome her to be Artissimi's first official partner!

Don't miss the exhibition which can be indeed very refreshing on a hot summer day, until September 13th, 2015 at MUMOK Vienna