Monday, 2 January 2012

Ballet, Curry & Klimt

sleeping beauty

So the curry food from Billa was amazing. Just look at it. 

The Surrealism at the Albertina was quite interesting. But here is a tip: Always go to the feature exhibition first. I have been trying to save it for last, but, my friends, that is entirely the wrong way to go about things. By the time my mind had been numbed by all the "alright" pieces I had little room to process the excellent pieces comfortably. The Magritte collection was fantastic. Although, most of Vienna thought so as well, it was still an excellent show. He did these series of drawings of "pipes" with the words "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" (this is not a pipe) to convey how two dimensional objects are not the same as the real object itself. Then there was this series of paintings where he takes out a critical piece of the object (such as the iris of an eye) and substitutes it for a sky motif. I took it to mean that we are giving connotations to things that have no meaning at all. In our unique perspectives he's trying to challenge us creatively to go beyond what our minds jump to easily. But that's simply what I think.

The Ballet was beautiful (costumes and dancers) and the music was wonderfully played. It was an excellent production. 

In the Belvedere the exhibit was more modern than the building would lead you to believe. 
The Curt Stenvert exhibit was really interesting. A nice mix of mediums; paintings, sculptures (assemblages), and film. Stenvert definitely leant toward Pop-Dadaism.* 
a revolt by certain 20th-century painters and writers in France, Germany, and Switzerland against smugness in traditional art and Western society; their works, illustrating absurdity through paintings of purposeless machines and collages of discarded materials, expressed their cynicism about conventional ideas of form and their rejection of traditional concepts of beauty. — Dadaist, n

In the Klimt/Hoffmann part of the Belvedere I was a little clustrophobic. They pilled all these smaller, but really amazing Klimt pieces in the narrow transition hallway that lead from each room to the next. I would have loved a little more room to view the beautiful and iconic paintings that they seemed to have shoved to the side. All in all, I felt it was too cluttered. If they had just taken out all the Hoffmann works (I only glanced at) it would have been far better. Nevertheless, seeing Klimt's great works up close was really something.
 There were also info sheets you could tear off that were in some ways part of the exhibit. I found that to be a nice touch.

And then Vapiano for lunch. Always a good way to end a trip to Vienna.

first indian food in 4+1/2 months
Curry me up baby!
The system works like Capers in Vancouver
load on the kg.
Dornröschen - sleeping beauty

The conductor. Yep, everyone loved him.
aurora and the prince
the pit

In the Albertina

rené magritte - golconde

rené magritte - the lovers II
I went to the Albertina before the Ballet but I was too exhausted after seeing the Surrealism exhibit to take any cool pictures.
But the Monet steps are always interesting...

In the Belvedere

klimt /  yours truly

klimt - m

curt stenvert - wissenschaftlicher
Kurt Steinwendner until 1969
then Curt Stenvert
This once Paulukaitis passes no judgement.

Vapiano to finish

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