Archive for Österreich

Ein Land in Schieflage

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 6 June 2017 by delclem

bananen-adler-oesterreich.

“Wann wird Österreich wieder das bessere Deutschland?”

Vergiss es…

“Der Journalist Hans-Peter Siebenbart hat ein bitteres Buch geschrieben, nicht nur wegen der Wiener Politik und wegen Sebastian Kurz. Ihm ist ein gut begründeter Rundumschlag gelungen.” Rezension (c) SZ, 6.6.2017

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Traces of slavery in Vienna

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 12 January 2012 by delclem

“A West African slave, brought to Vienna through Sicily, Angelo Soliman (1721-96) became a trusted and respected figure in Enlightenment Vienna. After his death, however, he was stuffed & exhibited in the Imperial Natural History collections as an exotic. As immigration arguments in Austria reach new intensity, the Wien Museum’s Soliman exhibition offers historical guidance.” (until 29 January)

>Reblogged entry (c) ENTARTETE MUSIK, 2011

>Review in German (c) ORF, 2011

On the Other Side

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 28 August 2011 by delclem

Alfred Kubin and his 1909 novel Die andere Seite

Biographic loss & the fantastic in art

Kubin, whose father was a land surveyor, was born in Leitmeritz (Litoměřice), Bohemia, in 1877. He spent his early days in Salzburg and Zell am See, Austria. In 1887 his mother died. From 1892-96 he was a photographer’s apprentice in Klagenfurt. Then he started studying Fine Arts in Munich in 1898 and dropped out again in 1899. However, Kubin remained in the Bavarian capital and joined the local art scene. His father died in 1908.

After seeing Max Klinger´s series of etchings entitled Paraphrase über den Fund eines Handschuhs (“Paraphrase on the Finding of a Glove“) in 1899, the young artist lived through a veritable creative frenzy, an “invasion of black and white visions” which lasted until 1903. He soon acquired a reputation for being a graphic artist and book illustrator specializing in uncanny, grotesque and allegorical subjects. “I am the organizer of the uncertain, hermaphroditic, shadowy, dream-like,” he wrote in a letter on 9 January 1908.

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