EXHIBITION | The Jewish Museum Vienna on International Court
Jan
20
Mar 18

EXHIBITION | The Jewish Museum Vienna on International Court

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EXHIBITION | The Jewish Museum Vienna on International Court: Erich Lessing. Andrew Mezvinsky

The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC is pleased to announce two exhibitions touring from the Jewish Museum Vienna: LESSING PRESENTS LESSING, works by noted photographer Erich Lessing, curated by his daughter Hannah Lessing and A GOOD DAY, a multimedia installation by Andrew Mezvinsky based on Primo Levi's account of survival in Auschwitz. The two shows offer intimate insights into Austrian Jewish life past and present, serving as a platform for discussion, experience and confrontation. Lessing and Mezvinsky on display in one exhibition is a vital symbol of the ongoing, thriving cultural bridge building between Austria and the US.

With their work, both artists embrace generations, cultures, and traditions, yet they claim very distinct artistic positions. Andrew Mezvinsky is a young Jewish-American artist who was born in Philadelphia. Having travelled the world, Mezvinsky five years ago chose the city of Vienna to be his center of life and creative work. Erich Lessing fled Vienna for Palestine in 1939 and returned to Vienna in 1945.  As a photojournalist for the Associated Press in 1947, he became one of the most important Austrian and international photographers.

Erich Lessing achieved renown through his candid pictures of major political moments of his day, with his documentation of the signing of the Austrian State Treaty, now serving as the iconic symbol of the reformation of Austria as a sovereign state after World War II. His famous portrait subjects included the likes of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles, Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle. From the 1960s on he turned his focus to the arts, notably serving as on-set photographer for The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews, which celebrates its 50 year anniversary in 2015.

By contrast, American artist Andrew Mezvinsky’s work A GOOD DAY contemplates a single day in Auschwitz in 1944. Inspired by the Jewish-Italian Holocaust survivor Primo Levi’s autobiography If This Is a Man, Mezvinsky depicts Levi’s traumatic experiences in the concentration camp, including a chapter titled “A Good Day” that describes a day at the end of winter when the first rays of sun heralded a relief from the cold.

When: General exhibition will be open to the public from January 21 - March 18, 2016 |
Mon - Thurs: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm | Fri: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: No tickets or registration required for visiting the exhibition afterwards.
 

CONCERT | Florian Kitt & Harald Ossberger
Feb
10
7:30 pm19:30

CONCERT | Florian Kitt & Harald Ossberger

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CONCERT | Florian Kitt & Harald Ossberger
February 10, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum is proud to present the distinguished musical styling of cellist Florian Kitt and pianist Harald Ossberger. Since debuted at the Konzerthaus in Vienna in 1964, and Kitt's passion for music has taken him all over the world. Ossberger, who performed in most European countries, in the Middle East, Asia and the Americas, is also a fervent chamber musician. Both artists are currently professors, Kitt at the University for Music in Graz and Ossberger at the University of Performing Arts Vienna, since 1970 and 1976, respectively. 

The expected program includes pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Clemens Gadenstätter, Leos Janacek and Benjamin Britten. Previous reviews from past performances, such as those made my the daily telegraph, show the duo's performances as 'masterly' and an 'blazingly impressive exhibition', which 'relished the interpretative and technical challenge of the music'.

When: February 10, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3424 International Court, NW, Washinton, DC 20008
Tickets: Free General Admission! | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-florian-kitt-harald-ossberger-tickets-20765598464
 

PANEL DISCUSSION | ‘Cartoons and taboo: Dancing in a visual minefield’
Feb
11
6:30 pm18:30

PANEL DISCUSSION | ‘Cartoons and taboo: Dancing in a visual minefield’

 Thursday, February 11th at 6.30pmSome people have demanded that lines should be drawn with respect to “acceptable” and “unacceptable” forms of provocation. Is there such a thing as “acceptable” or “unacceptable” satire? This question is heavily influenced by political and cultural values and principles. For Europeans, political satire, comics, and cartoons have been integral part of culture since the Enlightenment. Satirical cartoons are an inherent part of culture in France and elsewhere in the world – a tradition at the heart of the legitimate exercise of free speech.

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris against Charlie Hebdo and the controversy ten years ago related to the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons raise some fundamental questions. Does an offensive or disrespectful portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed in a satirical cartoon realize or betray European values of pluralism and multiculturalism? Some media in the US and in Islamic countries refrained from reprinting the international signature cartoon “Je suis Charlie” after the terror attacks. Is this self-censorship a benchmark for an inclusive society or a characteristic lack of freedom of expression?

How do we defend the freedom of secular-artistic expression against other peoples’ religiously-motivated fundamental rejection of such satire? How do we show respect towards those individuals who do not necessarily take part in or support the secular culture of their own country? Finally, how can we successfully integrate two fundamental pillars of transatlantic societies - respect for religious belief/practice and free expression of ideas - to create the open and pluralistic communities towards which we as Europeans and Americans have been striving for centuries? 

New York University, 1307 L St. NW (Metro: Metro Center)

Free and open to the public

Details and registration: https://events.nyu.edu/#event_id/92121/view/event

 

 


 

RECITATION | Jazz Meets Poetry
Feb
12
7:30 am07:30

RECITATION | Jazz Meets Poetry

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to bring you an evening of poetry and jazz music with unique performances by actor Felix Kurmayer and pianist Burnett Thompson.

In addition to having studied the performing arts in the United States and in Austria, Kurmayer has also worked as a speaker for many international organizations. Most recently he has stared in "Humus", a play by Michael Nehsl, and will soon be seen on "Rosenheim Cops" in late March of this year.

Thompson, however, was educated at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria, and the New England Conservatory of Music. Further studies included work with pianist William Masselos, and Jazz and Western theory with Steven Strunk. Over the years Burnett Tompson has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, such as the Washington Chamber Symphony, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and the National Chamber Orchestra.

When: February 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3424 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: Free General Admission! | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-jazz-meets-poetry-tickets-20869695822

 

Valentine's Gala February
Feb
13
7:00 pm19:00

Valentine's Gala February

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Valentine's Gala
February 13, 2016 | 7:00 pm

For centuries, people of Europe have flocked to Vienna in the months of January and February to experience the most romantic and lively balls throughout the continent.  Well, tonight, on Valentine’s Weekend, without ever getting on a place, you can come to Austria for a special Valentine’s Ball!

In a single evening experience an era of Old World royalty, fairy tales, and 18th century European charm with a late night touch of 21st century European nightlife as we invite you to a very special evening on Austrian soil for a Viennese Valentine’s Ball and a late night Austrian nightlife celebration!

Don your best outfits and be transported to one of the most beautiful and admired countries in all of Europe as we bring together the glory of Old Austria with the allure of Modern Western Europe. From the music of Strauss and Mozart, to a late-night European style DJ playing your favorite hits, this Austrian Ball has something for everyone.

When: February 13, 2016 | 7:00pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Early Bird General Admission is 70.69$ and Early Bird VIP Admission is 92.22$ | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valentines-viennese-ball-at-the-embassy-of-austria-tickets-20112390702?aff=mlt
 

Wiener Kafeehausjause
Feb
15
3:30 pm15:30

Wiener Kafeehausjause

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Wiener Kaffeehausjause
February 15, 2016 | 3:30 pm - 5:30pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to announce its annual hosting of the American Austrian Cultural Society's "Viennese Coffee House Afternoon". This event offers the perfect chance to sample typical Viennese delicacies, and understand more of an institution, which shaped Viennese culture and "where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill."

Pianist Stan Engebretson and soprano Colleen Daly will set the atmosphere to show that in Vienna a coffee house afternoon entails more than just coffee, it's the center of all cultural and intellectual life.

When: February 15, 2016 | 3:30 pm - 5:30pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Admission is 40$ for members of the American Austrian Cultural Society and 50$ for non-members | Please register at:
 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/viennese-concert-cafe-tickets-20816955073?aff=mlt

26th Washington Jewish Film Festival
Feb
24
Mar 27

26th Washington Jewish Film Festival

DRAWING AGAINST OBLIVION

Dir. Bärbel Jacks (67 min, Germany/Austria, 2015)
Polish, German and English with English subtitles
Documentary
US Premiere

Austrian artist Manfred Bockelmann was born at the height of Hitler’s power, the son of privileged parents who ended up joining the Nazi party. Deeply troubled by this history, he sets out to rescue the memory of Jewish children who perished in the death camps.

Finding an archive of faded photos of these unfortunate youths, he transforms the photo miniatures into large-scale charcoal drawings. This film powerfully visualizes the Holocaust’s horrors without employing archival footage, while compelling us to be vigilant against modern-day racism and xenophobia.

Co-presented with: The Goethe Institut

Sunday, February 28, 7:00 pm
West End Cinema
2301 M Street NW
Washington D.C

Wednesday, March 2, 6:45 pm
West End Cinema
2301 M Street NW
Washington D.C

For more information on all films, locations, etc.: https://www.wjff.org/

CONCERT | The "Silver Age" of Russian Poetry in Music
Feb
26
7:30 pm19:30

CONCERT | The "Silver Age" of Russian Poetry in Music

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CONCERT | The "Silver Age" of Russian Poetry in Music
February 26, 2016 | 7:30pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to announce the Russian Chamber Art Society's performance of the "Silver Age" of Russian Poetry in Music with songs by Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Slonimsky and Georgi Sviridov. Enjoy the musical talents of Jasmina Halmic (Soprano), Timur Bekbosunov (Tenor), Kevin Wetzel (Baritone), and Vera Dachenko Stern (Piano). 

The Russian Chamber Art Society strives to enhance the existence of Russian chamber vocal music in the United States. Their repertoire is unique and prolific, and their musical selection encompasses many artists from the 19th century to modern day. The music is highly expressive, lyrical and passionate, and offers a great variety of emotions appealing to all audiences. 

Guests will also welcome to stay for the wine and dessert reception with the artists after their performance. 

 

When: February 26, 2016 | 7:30pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: General Admission is $55 ($3.95 Fees) | Please register at: http://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=C3B15EDD-C429-D110-A3AE4EF7257DC630

READING AND DISCUSSION | Zeitgeist DC: Contemporary Voices: Christopher Kloeble, Xaver Bayer, and Pedro Lenz
Feb
29
6:30 pm18:30

READING AND DISCUSSION | Zeitgeist DC: Contemporary Voices: Christopher Kloeble, Xaver Bayer, and Pedro Lenz

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

READING AND DISCUSSION | Zeitgeist DC: Contemporary Voices:
Christopher Kloeble, Xaver Bayer, and Pedro Lenz

February 29, 2016 | 6:30pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum, in coordination with Zeitgeist DC, would like to present an evening dedicated to emerging authors in contemporary German literature. 

Among the authors is Christopher Kloeble (Germany), for whom this reading is his US debut. His novel is a sensitive and dramatic family saga and a page-turner titled: "Almost Everything is Fast". Kloeble is an award-winning German novelist and scriptwriter.  "Almost Everything is Fast" is his third book, and his first to be published in English. 

The second voice, Xaver Bayer (Austria) will read from "Furtive Rustling from the Magic Kingdom and Dinner". Bayer is an observing artist who awakens the world around us. He founded the one of the first digital literature collectives, and wrote many novels, stories and theater pieces. 

Pedro Lenz (Switzerland) will read from "Naw Much of a Talker", an acclaimed, award-winning comic novel about truth, lies and storytelling, with an unforgettable and unreliable narrator. Lenz is not only a writer, but also a poet and newspaper columnist. 

All excerpts will be read in both German and English, however, the writers will introduce and discuss their work in English. 

When: February 29, 2016 | 6:30pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Free General Admission! | Please register at: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zeitgeist-dc-contemporary-voices-christopher-kloeble-xaver-bayer-pedro-lenz-tickets-19966636748


CONCERT | Merlin Ensemble Wien
Jan
29
7:30 pm19:30

CONCERT | Merlin Ensemble Wien

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CONCERT | Merlin Ensemble Wien
January 29, 2016 | 07:30 pm

The Merlin Ensemble Wien was founded in 1991. This circle of musicians around the "Chamber Orchestra of Europe" has the aim to combine chamber music programs and music-dramatic projects with german speaking actors like Hermann Beil, Peter Matic, Martin Schwab, Karl Markowics and Ulrich Matthes, on the highest level. The Merlin Ensemble Wien was guests of festivals and concerthouses such as Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Musikfest Bremen, Musikverein und Konzerthaus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Center Vienna, Morgan Library New York, Carinthian Summmer, Berliner Ensemble, Opera Leipzig, NDR Hannover, Teatro Fenice, Teatro Comunale Bologna and Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Austrian Cultural Forum in New York and Washington and many others.

Programm:

Till A. Körber             Reflexionen II für Klaviertrio ( 2008 )
Felix Mendelssohn    Klaviertrio op .66 in c-Moll

Intermission

A. Zemlinsky             3 Stücke for Violoncello and Piano (1891 )
Music by Franz Liszt, Jean Sibelius, Mascagni and Verdi

MERLIN ENSEMBLE WIEN
Martin Walch, Violin
Till A. Körber, Piano
Luis Zorita, Violoncello

When: January 29, 2016 | 07:30pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Free Admission! | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-merlin-ensemble-wien-tickets-20017238098


CONCERT | Eine Nacht in Wien
Jan
3
3:30 pm15:30

CONCERT | Eine Nacht in Wien

CONCERT | Eine Nacht in Wien (Viennese New Year Concert)
January 3, 2016 | 03:30 pm

For the first time New York Opera Society (NYOS) welcome the New Year with a concert in Viennese style. Eine Nacht in Wien features uplifting melodies from famous operettas including Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow and A Night in Venice. Modeled after the original Neujahrskonzert in Austria’s capital city Vienna, the show’s program features NYOS Piano Quartet, various singers from and costumed dancers, who bring those tunes to life.

Featuring
New York Opera Society (NYOS)
Rosa Betancourt, soprano
John Tiranno, tenor
Hans Pieter Herman, baritone
Ballroom Dancers
Rüdiger Homm and Ekaterina Kanevskaya
NYOS Piano Quartet

When: January 03, 2016 | 03:30 pm
Where: National Gallery of Art, West Building, West Garden Court, 4th and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20565

Concerts at the National Gallery are open to the public, free of charge. Audience is admitted on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the concert begins. Limited seating is provided for those who cannot stand.

NEW YEAR'S CONCERT | Salute to Vienna
Jan
3
3:00 pm15:00

NEW YEAR'S CONCERT | Salute to Vienna

NEW YEAR'S CONCERT | Salute to Vienna
January 3, 2016 | 03:00 pm

Welcome the New Year with Salute to Vienna! By high demand, The Music Center at Strathmore welcomes back this beloved concert! Party like it’s 1899 in Vienna, the city of dreams! Celebrate the start of the New Year with an all-star cast of European singers, dancers, and full orchestra. Be swept away by the romance of Strauss waltzes – including the Blue Danube, and melodies from operettas. Enjoy a star-studded European cast of singers, beautifully costumed dancers and the Strauss Symphony of America, conducted by Viennese conductor Matthias Fletzberger. Soprano Natalia Ushakova (Vienna) and New York tenor Brian Cheney will perform with members of the exquisite Europaballett St.Pölten (Austria) and International Champion Ballroom Dancers. Discover the beauty of SALUTE TO VIENNA for the first time or all over again!

Featuring The Strauss Symphony of America
Matthias Fletzberger, conductor (Vienna)
Natalia Ushakova, soprano (Vienna)
Brian Cheney, tenor (New York)
Dancers from Europaballett St.Pölten & International Champion Ballroom Dancers

When: January 03, 2016 | 03:00 pm                                                               
Where: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Tickets: https://www.strathmore.org/events-and-tickets/2016-salute-to-vienna

Film Screening | In The Basement | European Union Film Showcase
Dec
13
Dec 14

Film Screening | In The Basement | European Union Film Showcase

FILM SCREENING | In The Basement

Now in its 28th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to Washington audiences.

This year's selection of more than 50 films includes international film festival award winners, European box–office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus many countries' official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.

About the film:

The world was shocked when the cases of Josef Fritzl and Wolfgang Priklopil emerged, both long-term kidnappers who kept their victims locked in basements for years. Now, arch provocateur Ulrich Seidl (the PARADISE trilogy, DOG DAYS) returns to his documentary roots — or is it mock doc? — with this investigation of how his countrymen and women relate to their basements — a space, according to the filmmaker, for ones' most personal hobbies. Unusual sexual practices, band practice, creepy dolls and Nazi memorabilia are all on display here. Official Selection, 2014 Venice Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD Ulrich Seidl; SCR Veronika Franz. Austria, 2014, color, 81 min. In German with English subtitles.

When: December 13, 2015 | event starts at 9:25 pm
             December 14, 2015 | event starts at 9:25 pm
Where: AFI SILVER THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tickets and registration: http://afi.com/Silver/EUshowcase/

WINTER BALL | A Holiday Celebration at the Embassy of Austria
Dec
11
8:15 pm20:15

WINTER BALL | A Holiday Celebration at the Embassy of Austria

  • Embassy of Austria

WINTER BALL | Holiday Celebration
December 11, 2015 | 08:15 pm to 11:45 pm

Want to travel to Austria for the holidays? Ready to toast in the season in the backyard of Mozart, Schubert and Strauss? Celebrate the holidays with the "Things to do in DC"-Organization at our Embassy. Austrian wines, Austrian food, Viennese Waltzing Demos, Lessons and More will await you and you can also contribute to the toy drive with Toys for Tots by bringing an unwrapped toy with you.

As you enter our Embassy, you will be transported to one of the most admired countries in the world. Don your best outfits and be transported to one of the most beautiful and admired countries in all of Europe as we bring together the glory of Old Austria with the allure of Modern Western Europe. From the music of the Austrians master composers to a late-night European style DJ playing your favorite hits, this Austrian Ball has something for everyone. Also, be on the lookout for Santa. This event is perfect for both couples and singles alike and we expect a sellout audience of young professionals to this grand event.

When: December 11, 2015 | 08:15 pm to 11:45 pm
Where: Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW, 20008 Washington DC
Tickets & Information: https://thingstododc.com/event/420/holiday-winter-ball-amp-amp-celebration-at-the-embassy-of-austria/#top

EXHIBITION OPENING | Wiener Stiegenhäuser by Fabian Hummel
Dec
9
7:30 pm19:30

EXHIBITION OPENING | Wiener Stiegenhäuser by Fabian Hummel

EXHIBITION OPENING | Wiener Stiegenhäuser by Fabian Hummel
December 9, 2015 | 07:30pm

Wiener Stiegenhäuser is an ongoing photographic project by Fabian Hummel covering an often overlooked, yet central component within the building as a design structure. Most architectural photography covers the facade of a building or the interior design of a room. This project however, focuses on the timeless design and beauty of the staircases and inner courtyards of Vienna’s buildings.

As a cycle courier, Fabian has access to various buildings across the city on a daily basis. He has captured the most breathtaking and idyllic ‘Stiegenhäuser’ that he has come across during his routes from building to building.

When: December 9, 2015 | 07:30pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Free Admission! | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exhibition-opening-wiener-stiegenhauser-by-fabian-hummel-tickets-19714442428
General exhibition will be open to the public from December 10 - December 23, 2015 |
Mon - Fri: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm
No tickets or registration required for visiting the exhibition afterwards.

AUSTRIAN ADVENT | Celebration at the Austrian Ambassadors Residence
Dec
5
5:00 pm17:00

AUSTRIAN ADVENT | Celebration at the Austrian Ambassadors Residence

  • Austrian Ambassadors Residence

Austrian Advent Celebration

The American-Austrian Cultural Society invites you and yours cordially to join us for another festive Austrian Advent Celebration at the Residence of Austrian Ambassador His Excellency Dr. Hans Peter Manz.
Musical entertainment of the season will be provided by the Alpine Singers and the Alpine Harp, followed by Gluehwein and other culinary delights from our own Austrian Master Chef Wilhelm Jonach. Reserve early - this event sells out quickly!

 

When: December 5, 2015 | 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Where: 2419 Wyoming Avenue NW, 20008 Washington DC
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/austrian-advent-celebration-tickets-19366767523
More Information: http://american-austrian-cultural-society.com/aacsevents.html     


 

CONCERT | Tribute to Shostakovich
Dec
4
7:30 pm19:30

CONCERT | Tribute to Shostakovich

CONCERT | Tribute to Shostakovich
December 4, 2015 | 07:30 pm

This concert series is dedicated to Russian chamber vocal music that is rarely performed in the United States. While interest in Russian operas has increased over the last decades in America, Russian romances (art songs) are virtually absent from the concert halls. This repertoire is unique and prolific. It encompasses music by the most famous Russian composers from the 19th century to present day, from Glinka and Tchaikovsky to Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Gavrilin, also including lyrics by the most beloved Russian poets, from Pushkin to Pasternak.
For this all-Shostakovich program, marking 40 years since the composer’s death, the performers will be:

Jennifer Casey Cabot - Soprano
Magdalena Wor - Mezzo-Soprano
Nikita Storojev - Bass
Nadia David - Cello
Tatiana Storojev - Piano
Victor Danchenko - Violin
Vera Danchenko-Stern - Piano

When: December 04, 2015 | 07:30pm
Where: Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW, 20008 Washington DC
Tickets & Information: http://thercas.com/ticket-info General admission of $55 includes a wine and dessert reception with the artists

LECTURE | Art + Design: Vienna 1900
Nov
18
7:30 pm19:30

LECTURE | Art + Design: Vienna 1900

  • Embassy of Austria

Lecture | Art + Design: Vienna 1900 | Luba Sterlikova | Erich Keel

Few cities ca. 1900 were as decisive in the shaping of 20th century Europe as Vienna, the capital of the Austrian Hungarian Empire. Influential minds seemed to flourish in multicultural and multiethnic Vienna. Wittgenstein (philosophy), Freud (psychology), Arnold Schoenberg (music theory), and Alois Riegl (art history) must be viewed as some of the most important figures rejection traditions and rethinking our understanding of consciousness, perception and expression.  In the visual arts, dissatisfied painters established the Secession in 1897, while young designers and craftsmen formed the Wiener Werkstätte in 1903, contributing to this general climate of change and articulating a new sensibility in the ways of seeing and living.  This lecture will examine these bold overtures in the fields of art and design. In particular it will look at the Gustav Klimt’s innovative style of painting and designers’ parallel efforts in modernizing the art of the poster.
This lecture will be held by renown Russian born artist Luba Sterlikova and Erich Keel.

When: November 18, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Free admission | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-art-design-vienna-1900-tickets-19047489554
 

Exhibition | Architect’s Nature – Nature’s Architect
Nov
17
Dec 4

Exhibition | Architect’s Nature – Nature’s Architect

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Exhibition | Architect’s Nature – Nature’s Architect | by Elizabeth Molnár Rajec


Nature can teach architects many things like materials, structures, aesthetics, systems, harmony, to name a few. By digging deeper into how nature could solve our problems, we can bring forth early solutions and find new directions for our established surroundings.
Architecture is the art and science of building by using nature’s genius. On the one hand architects are often inspired or stimulated by nature’s creation. On the other hand nature has always created its own aesthetics. Using nature’s design has brought solutions to many questions architects encountered. Materials, structures, aesthetics found in nature inspired architects and artists.

Elizabeth Rajec’s exhibition features unique images created out of photographs of trees, flowers, buildings and objects. The compositions are of a conscious process reflecting reality as well as fantasy, with subjects often appearing abstract.

Elizabeth Molnár Rajec has exhibited in Prague, Bratislava, Budapest as well as in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Born in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1931, for nine years she lived in Budapest, worked as a translator, as a curator and as a cultural director at the Czechoslovak Cultural Institute. After the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and the subsequent Soviet occupation of Hungary, she crossed the Iron Curtain on foot, made her way to a refugee camp in Vienna. She lives since 1957 in New York City.
She received a BS degree from Columbia University, a MLS degree from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey and a PhD from the City University of New York in Germanic Languages and Literature. She has been a board member of the American Name Society, of the Writers in Exile of American PEN, the president of the Kafka Society of America, a Fulbright and IREX grants receiver, a Franz Kafka and Ferenc Molnar scholar, a published author. She retired as professor emerita in 1996.

When: November 18 - December 4, 2015 | Mon - Fri: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
No tickets or registration required for visiting the exhibition.
 

Debate |  What is Cultural Heritage? And for Whom?
Nov
10
3:00 pm15:00

Debate | What is Cultural Heritage? And for Whom?

  • EU Delegation

What is Cultural Heritage? And for Whom?

The destruction of elements of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Palmyra has stunned people around the world. Landmarks immediately recognizable from school textbooks across the globe are blown up before our eyes. Are those responsible for this material annihilation hoping somehow to obliterate their memories in pursuit of absolute sovereignty?

The diverse histories of ancient development of settlements, cities, principalities and cultures offer an element of hope in a world of crises and wars.  And yet they are being systematically attacked and destroyed. The devastation is intentional, ideologically motivated, and portrayed by the perpetrators as a declaration of war against established hegemonies and richly divergent cultures. This attacks our basic understanding of cultural heritage, of peaceful coexistence despite religious and ideological differences, forcing us to ask: What is cultural heritage? And for whom?

Introduced by David O’Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the U.S.

Nico Prucha holds a PhD in Arabic Language and Literature and Terrorism from the University of Vienna, Austria. He recently joined the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at the Department for War Studies, King’s College London after being awarded the VOX-Pol's Research Fellowship under its Researcher Mobility Programme, and is currently researchingViral Aspects of Jihadism: The Lingual and Ideological Basis of Online Propaganda and the Spill Over to Non-Arabic Networks. His work for VOX-Pol at the ICSR also includes establishing a lexicon of Arabic keywords frequently used within Arabic and non-Arabic propaganda videos and writings. Prucha’s work focuses on the analyses and deciphering of primary Arabic-language jihadist propaganda content on- and offline. He specializes in jihadi online activities related to Syria, Iraq and the organized opposition. Main aspects of his research cover the textual and audio-visual content of jihadist activity online and how the ideology in parts morphs from Arabic to English and German language clusters. Prucha’s research interests also lie in analyzing the blend of languages and elements employed in social media strategies by groups such as the “Islamic State” to incite and recruit, and the lingual and theological analysis of extremist Sharia law interpretation of hostage taking and executions, and how videos as well as social media outlets convey these acts.

Rosemary Joyce is Professor of Anthropology with the University of California, Berkeley. She received her degrees from Cornell University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D.). Rosemary Joyce is a member of the Federal Cultural Property Advisory Committee, which is part of the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and advises the president on the U.S. reaction to inquiries from foreign states asking for support in protecting their cultural heritage. Joyce is one of three members with expertise in archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, or related fields.Joyce is concerned about the destruction of cultural heritage. In the 1990s she gave testimony on behalf of the Society for American Archaeology at a US State Department hearing on cultural preservation in Honduras. She is teaching a course called “Cultural Policy: Cultural Heritage and Cultural Diplomacy” at the University of California Washington Center (UCDC) in fall 2015, introducing students to the broad implications of the control, management, investigation, presentation, and interpretation of collections of things considered of cultural significance. Joyce has written numerous books, including Material Relations; Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives; and The Languages of Archaeology.

Martin Perschler, Ph.D. directs the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, an overseas grant program of the Cultural Heritage Center in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Prior to this appointment, Martin worked for nine years at the National Park Service headquarters in Washington, DC, where he served as editor of the journal, CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship, and in an acting capacity as Chief Historian of the Service. He began his career in cultural preservation working in the field of architectural documentation for the Historic American Buildings Survey. Martin has a Ph.D. in the history of architecture from the University of Virginia and practical experience in historic preservation in the United States and France. He has taught several courses on the history of architecture at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Moderated by Emmanuel Kattan, director of the British Council’s New York office.

This program is part of the series Iconoclash , an initiative of EUNIC (the European Union National Institutes for Culture), supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in Washington DC, and the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at New York University's Washington branch. Nico Prucha’s participation has been made possible with support from the Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Austria.

When: Tuesday, November 10, 3 – 5 pm
Where: EU Delegation, 2175 K St. NW, Metro: Foggy Bottom
No charge: Tickets and Registration: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ebo4wzov51ea0af6&oseq=&c=&ch=

MORE INFOS:
David O’Sullivan:
http://www.euintheus.org/who-we-are/ambassadors-corner/message-of-the-month/

Nico Prucha:
http://icsr.info/about-us-2/staff/nico-prucha-research-fellow/
http://voxpol.eu/pictures-matter-the-visual-culture-of-jihadism/

Rosemary Joyce:
http://eca.state.gov/cultural-heritage-center/cultural-property-protection/process-and-purpose/cultural-property-advisory
http://www.dailycal.org/2011/07/13/obama-to-appoint-uc-berkeley-professor-to-cultural-advisory-committee
https://www.ucdc.edu/academic/courses/ucdcsem2f15-cultural-policy-cultural-heritage

Emmanuel Kattan:
http://www.britishcouncil.us/about-us/meet-team

More Events concerning this Topic:
http://washington-dc.eunic-online.eu/?q=content/tasoula-hadjitofi-protecting-cultural-heritage-against-illicit-trade-art-trafficking-1
http://www.nyu.edu/global/global-academic-centers/washington-dc/nyu-washington--dc-events/iconoclash/protecting-cultural-heritage-against-illicit-trade-of-art-traffi.html

Film Screening | Ma Folie
Nov
7
3:00 pm15:00

Film Screening | Ma Folie

Film Screening | Ma Folie by Andrina Mračnikar

Hanna loves Yann and the 'lettres filmées' that he sends her - short, poetic films recorded with an iPhone. Yann loves Hanna, but mistrusts her. He leaves her, but does not leave her alone. His video-letters become a threat and Hanna does not know whom to trust or whether she can still trust herself.

MA FOLIE starts as a romantic love-story, a passionate 'amour fou', but gradually turns out to be a complex psychological thriller, blurring the lines between internal and external perception, trust and mistrust, reality and delusion, truth and deception.

This film was produced with the support of Austrian Film Institute (ÖFI), Filmfonds Vienna (FFW), Filmstandort Austria (FISA), ORF/Austrian Television Broadcasting, Cine Art Styria, a.o.

Regisseur: Andrina Mračnikar
Andrina Mračnikar was born in 1981, Hallein, Austria. She studied art history in Vienna, directing in Ljubljana and directing/screenwriting with Michael Haneke. She has directed a handful of acclaimed shorts and documentaries. Ma Folie is her feature-length directorial debut as writer-director.

When: November 07, 2015 | event starts at 3:00 pm
Where: Landmark's E Street Cinema
Tickets and registration: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/washington-d-c/e-street-cinema/film-festivals
More Infos: http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/prj/flm/flm/en14851209.htm

 

EXHIBITION OPENING | Uncommon Places
Nov
5
Nov 13

EXHIBITION OPENING | Uncommon Places

  • Embassy of Austria

Exhibition Opening | Young Austrian Photography | Uncommon Places

Uncommon Places is a collective exhibition that introduces the work of six Austrian photographers (one as collective). Subjects of this exhibition are places that have been discovered in Austria and abroad – real existing unusual places. However, some of them are dealing with a particular state of mind - influenced by ones surrounding, relationships or simply evoke through the existence of its history.

In his series 'Changing Views', Stefan Oláh shows an excerpt of his book project “Österreichische Architektur der 50er Jahre fotografiert von Stefan Oláh” (Austrian Architecture of the 50s). The series includes unique views of different types of representative buildings which all symbolize the so called “Wirtschaftswunder” in the uprising economy of the young Austrian nation after the second world war.
Bruno Klomfar's series 'past future' originated from his fascination for the structures of the 60s and 70s – architectural manifestations of utopias often built in concrete. His search led him to Berlin, Paris, Bratislava, Brussels, and London, where he found and photographed the icons of recent architectural history, such as Ernő Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower, and many other interesting buildings in danger of demolition due to insufficient heritage protection laws.

With 'The maid´s shift', Set Designer and Photographer Monika Nguyen illustrates the parallel existence of two different social classes and visualizes the attempt to realize a projection of longing. Instead of carrying out their work-related duties, the employees secretly make other use of the rooms.
The photographic series 'Lost And' by Luise Hardegg was taken in Wonder Valley California. While driving through the dessert Hardegg asked herself who might have lived once in this ghostly and feral environment.
In order to travel and trace the length of the earth’s circumference, Six and Petritsch generated a concentrated, closed situation with their series 'Around the world': they drove their Saxy mopeds on a two-kilometer-long former racetrack in northern Spain at an average speed of approximately forty kilometers per hour.

We would also like to invite you to a delicious glass of Austrian wine at the exhibition opening! Join us for this special event!

When: November 5, 2015 | event starts at 07:30 pm
Tickets: Free admission | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exhibition-uncommon-places-tickets-19044192693
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
General exhibition will be open to the public from November 5 - November 13, 2015 |
Mon - Fri: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm
No tickets or registration required for visiting the exhibition afterwards.
 

CONCERT EMBASSY SERIES | Tehorah
Nov
3
7:30 pm19:30

CONCERT EMBASSY SERIES | Tehorah

  • Embassy of Austria

 The Embassy Series | Concert | Tehorah

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of German/Israeli Diplomatic Relations

The Austrian Cultural Forum starts off November with a beautiful concert in line with The Embassy Series. Fresh from a performance at Carnegie, these fine artists are presenting a program of meaningful and deeply felt music. Tehorah, which means pure in Hebrew, features music of 1920s- Weimar, Berlin, Klezmer and Contemporary Hebrew songs sung in German, Yiddish and Hebrew. A collaboration of German and Israeli artists, the concert carries a message of hope and forgiveness with music as an ambassador of peace. Accolades have poured in, for star performer Adrienne Haan, an unique vocal artist. This concert will lead the way into the season of love, celebration and solidarity! Join us for a wonderful evening, filled with beautiful music performed by exceptional artists. Afterwards there will be a reception with hors d’œuvres, wine, cheese and sweets!

Featured artists:
Adrienne Haan, Singer
Israeli String Quartett
Heinz-Walter Florin, Pianist & Music Director

When: November 3, 2015 | 7:30pm
Where: Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Informations and reservationshttp://www.embassyseries.org/

CONCERT | AIMS Winners 2015
Oct
29
7:30 pm19:30

CONCERT | AIMS Winners 2015

  • Embassy of Austria

Concert | American Institute of Musical Studies | Winners: Travis Pearce and Natalya Ryabova

The American Institute of Musical Studies  in Graz (AIMS) is the leading summer music program in Europe. Now in its 46th year, the program is designed to prepare young artists for a career as a professional musician. In six weeks of intense training, every aspect of the craft is honed, then applied, in the more than 30 performances of opera, operetta and Lieder. Many participants feel they learn more in a summer at AIMS than in a year or more at school. And it all takes place in Graz, Austria, one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe.

AIMS was founded in 1969 and initially located in Freiburg, Germany, the program moved to Graz in 1971 to take advantage of the city’s well-established cultural calendar, convenient transportation system and excellent performance venues. In 1985, the focus of the program expanded to emphasize vocal technique, choosing repertoire appropriate for the voice, perfecting audition techniques and building other skills required for a professional music career. Since its founding, AIMS singers have found jobs in European opera houses every year and many attribute their early success to their experiences at AIMS.

As a non-profit organization, AIMS is supported by the extraordinary work and passion of many volunteers, and the support of thousands of American donors, Graz citizens who support and attend the concerts, the City of Graz, and the Federal Province of Styria.

Featuring:

Natalya Ryabova, soprano, AIMS Meistersinger Vocal Competition winner 2015
Travis Pearce, tenor, AIMS Heiberg Liederpreis Competition winner 2015
Dr. Christina Haan, pianist

For further Information about AIMS please visit:
http://aimsgraz.com/

When:  October 29, 2015 | 7.30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: FREE | Please register at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-aims-winners-2015-tickets-18777498002

 


 

LECTURE | Meteorites: Cosmic messengers at the Natural History Museum in Vienna
Oct
28
7:30 pm19:30

LECTURE | Meteorites: Cosmic messengers at the Natural History Museum in Vienna

Lecture | Meteorites: Cosmic messengers at the Natural History Museum in Vienna | Christian Köberl

Their composition is crucial for unraveling the physical and chemical processes of the early solar nebula, and to deduce the origin of the chemical elements. In some rare cases, there are unusual meteorite encounters with the Earth, such as the Tunguska (1908) or Chelkyabinsk (2013) airbursts, or devastating impact events. The importance of impact cratering on the Moon or the terrestrial planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars) is obvious from the abundance of craters on their surfaces. On Earth, active geological processes rapidly obliterate the cratering record. Impacts influenced the geological and biological evolution of our own planet. Even the impact of relatively small asteroids or comets can have disastrous consequences for our civilization.

The Natural History Museum in Vienna has the oldest meteorite collection in the world, as well as the largest meteorite display, including many historical and scientifically important objects. The topics mentioned above are incorporated in the new meteorite hall at the museum. The NHM Vienna is one of the world's largest and oldest natural science museums, and a research institution as well.

Christian Koeberl is the director general of the Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria, and full professor of geosciences (planetary geology) at the University of Vienna, where he is the deputy head of the Department of Lithospheric Research. He is a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, where he also heads the Committee on Geosciences. Koeberl studied chemistry, physics, and astronomy at the Technical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna, and obtained his PhD in 1983 at the University of Graz. His publication record includes over 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers; asteroid 15963 is named in his honor "Koeberl".

When: October 28, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Free admission | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-christian-koberl-meteorites-tickets-18637746000
 

 

FILM SCREENING| Stoff der Heimat
Oct
21
7:30 pm19:30

FILM SCREENING| Stoff der Heimat

  • Embassy of austria

Film screening | Stoff der Heimat (engl. Fabric of home) | Director: Othmar Schmiderer

What is the texture of this material – what does it feel like? The film investigates the phenomenon of traditional costumes in all its diversity – including their cultural and political background, and the national legends surrounding them – from the earliest times to the present-day, featuring examples from Austria, Bavaria, Switzerland and South Tyrol.
It focuses on the habitat and dress-codes of the individual protagonists or groups, exploring the political and social significance of rituals and lifestyles, and the exuberant symbolism associated with them. It shows different approaches to tradition in relation to the conflicting demands of modern times, and examines the construction of identity and the idea of ‘home’.
The film explores traditional Austrian folk costume, or Tracht, in all its facets, laying bare the FABRIC OF HOME as a many-threaded, closely-woven fabric, as clothing, business, fashion, ideology, symbol, creed and weapon. The old appellation for this form of clothing has in the meantime become a playful sign of distinction – as has the fashion. A foray into the whole milieu, back through its history, and across all the regions where it is found.

Othmar Schmiderer was born in 1954 in Lofer, in the Province of Salzburg. Since 1973, he lives in Vienna. More infos:

When: Octocer 21, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Free admission | Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-stoff-der-heimat-tickets-18610433307

LECTURE | Dirndl & Tracht
Oct
20
7:30 pm19:30

LECTURE | Dirndl & Tracht

  • Embassy of Austria

Lecture |  Dirndl & Tracht | National - traditional costumes, a small lesson & fashionstory | Elsbeth Wallnöfer

Due to our Motto: Tracht im Wandel der Zeit, we invited the Austrian Writer and Expert in Austrian traditional costumes, Elsbeth Wallnöfer to talk and resume the change of  Austrian Dirndl and Tracht in the last decades.

Elsbeth Wallnöfer born in South Tyrol, Italy studied European Ethnology and  philosophy in Vienna and Graz. One of her publications beside numerous others about various topics and currently of interest is: "Märzveigerl und Suppenbrunzer. 555 Begriffe aus dem echten Österreich.

When: October 20, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Free admission | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-the-dirndl-the-tracht-tickets-18629668841

 

CONCERT | Raskin & Fleischmann
Oct
19
7:30 pm19:30

CONCERT | Raskin & Fleischmann

CONCERT | Raskin & Fleischmann

Johannes Fleischmann and Philippe Raskin met in August 2009 during the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades. A year later, they gave their first performance together, collaborating as a duo in Vienna (November 2010) and since then have performed many concerts in Europe, Africa and South America.

In November 2011, they released their first debut album that features works by Beethoven, Brahms and Franck to much critical acclaim - «Magnificent duo (...), the first offering his round, gleaming and orchestral playing to the lyricism of the second - of whom we will underline as well the perfect intonation and the bright sonorities» (MDM, La Libre Belgique 2013).  Contemporary music is an extremely important aspect to their program which have led to several performances of world premiers. Raskin & Fleischmann regularly work with composers such as Serkan Gürkan and Christoph Ehrenfellner, who have dedicated the works «Mein Wien» and «Hunt Sonata» to them respectively.

This current season 2013-2014 features besides the duo‘s debut concert in the Musikverein Wien. In addition, they were also selected by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as ambassadors for the NASOM «New Austrian Sound of Music» Program in 2014-2015. Due to their „outstanding chamber music performance“, Raskin & Fleischmann won the „Piano Chamber Music Award“ at the ISA-Festival 2014.

When: October 19, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court N.W., Washington D.C. 20008
Tickets: Free admission | Please register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-raskinfleischmann-tickets-18571823825

FILM SCREENING | Sound of Music
Oct
15
7:30 pm19:30

FILM SCREENING | Sound of Music

  • Embassy of Austria

Film screening | Sound of Music

Due to our motto: Traditional Costumes through the ages - there is no getting away from showing one of the most successful movies filmed in the Austrian Alps and countryside. The Film "The Sound of Music" (profuced and directed by Robert Wise) was nominated for 10 Oscars in 1965 and actually  won 5 of them. ( best film, best director, best sound recording, best script and best musical adaption). Beside Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews, who took the leading role, the film heralded the start of an incomparable international film career.

In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. She didn't hesitate, when the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children.  When Maria arrives, her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives -- including the Captain's. Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made. Their personal conflicts soon become overshadowed, however, by world events. Austria is about to come under the control of Germany, and the Captain may soon find himself drafted into the German navy and forced to fight against his own country.

When: October 15, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Free admission | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-the-sound-of-music-tickets-18609460397

 

EXHIBITION | Traditional Costumes through the Ages
Oct
14
Oct 29

EXHIBITION | Traditional Costumes through the Ages

  • Embassy of Austria

Exhibition Opening | Austrian traditional Costumes through the Ages | Tostmann | Lena Hoschek | Azra Aksamija.

This year the famous movie "The Sound of Music" which plays an important role in Austrian awareness in the US as in other countries, celebrates its 50 birthday. Due to this occasion the Austrian Cultural Forum organized various events to provide a closer look at the Austrian Tracht.

Our Exhibition - Austrian Traditional Costumes through the Ages - is a unique opportunity to get an insight in the colorful, rich masterpieces of Austrian Drindl and Tracht. The Austrian Cultural Forum proudly presents  handcrafted costumes of  the famous Austrian Manufactory Tostmann and the newest creations of Lena Hoschek a new Austrian world famous designer. She is one more reason why Tracht, which was sometimes not well seen and often named old-fashioned, is nowadays celebrating a huge comeback especially by young people and fashionistas. Her extravagant creations illustrate the crossover between fashion and history.  Another reinterpretation comes from Azra Aksamija. She created a Dirndlmoschee which is the nomadic principle of assimilating certain characteristics of a place into one’s own context, whereas a mutual enrichment is achieved. It can be transformed into an Islamic prayer environment that provides a prayer space for three people

With this exhibition the change of the traditional Austrian Tracht through the last decades and its variety of fabrics, occasions and designs is presented. As society transforms also the Austrian Tracht is adapting to these changes.


Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
General exhibition will be open to the public from October 14 - October 29, 2015 |
Mon - Fri: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm
 

Taste of Austria | Showcooking
Oct
12
6:30 pm18:30

Taste of Austria | Showcooking

Taste of Austria | Showcooking

Experience Austrian food and wine at a special evening dinner at the Embassy of Austria!

The Embassy of Austria and the Austrian Cultural Forum, in cooperation with the American-Austrian-Cultural-Society, invite you to a three-course dinner paired with Austrian wines. The chefs of At Kaiser's, the Austrian Gasthaus will prepare your dinner on stage. Each course will be accompanied by wine paired by Austrian sommelier Klaus Wittauer (KW Selection).

When: October 12, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Austrian Embassy, 3524 Internationcal Court, 20008 Washington DC
Infos, Tickets and Registration : http://www.austria.org/events1/2015/10/12/washington-dc-taste-of-austria-showcooking

 

Viennese Mascerade Ball | International Club DC
Oct
9
7:00 pm19:00

Viennese Mascerade Ball | International Club DC

  • Embassy of Austria

Viennese Mascerade Ball | International Club DC

You are cordially invited to experience a magical evening at the Austrian Embassy - one of the grandest diplomatic venues in Washington DC for an unforgettable Viennese celebration of music, food, wine and dancing.

Enjoy a night of dancing to our classical orchestra or watch the twirling silhouettes on the dance floor move to the sounds of the world’s most beloved waltzes, and other dance music from around the world. The Salon Orchestra of Washington will perform the world’s favorite Strauss waltzes, ballroom music from around the world and the famous Radetsky Grand March, led by the popular Tanzmeister-couple Herbert and Carol Traxler. They will also invite you to join them in Strauss Fledermaus Quadrille #6, which is danced at all the big balls in Vienna.

This is also a great opportunity for a private viewing of the embassy's art work on display, experience the elegant atmosphere of a European Ball, as well as meet international professionals and members of the diplomatic community.

When: October 9, 2015
Where: Austrian Embassy , 3524 International Court NW Washington DC 20008
Registration and Tickets: https://www.internationalclubdc.com/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=26B20A47-EE7F-4859-A34F-B07477AB4776

 

10th Anniversary Gala "Stars of the Russian Chamber Art Society"
Oct
2
7:30 pm19:30

10th Anniversary Gala "Stars of the Russian Chamber Art Society"

  • Austrian Embassy Washington DC

10th Anniversary Gala "Stars of the Russian Chamber Art Society" | Austrian Embassy Washington DC

Attention: Lovers of Russian singing! You are invited to a gala celebration of the Russian Chamber Art Society's Tenth Anniversary as the leading presenter of Russian vocal music in the nation's capital.

Please join us at the Embassy of Austria for "Stars of the Russian Chamber Art Society," a festive evening featuring performances by some of your favorite RCAS singers - among the most captivating young performers of the Russian art-song repertoire - and four special guest instrumentalists.

Singing classic romances by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Rachmaninoff, as well as 20th-century songs by Georgy Sviridov, Rodion Shchedrin, and Valery Gavrilin, will be soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wor, tenor Nils Neubert, baritone Timothy Mix, and bass Grigory Soloviov, accompanied by pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern, RCAS founder and artistic director. Also performing will be Victor Danchenko, violin; Julian Milkis, clarinet; Tamara Volskaya, domra; and Anatoly Trofimov, accordion.

Russian Chamber Art Society
P. O. Box 1772
Annandale, Virginia 22003

703-354-7354 info@thercas.com

For further Informations and reservations:http://instantseats.com/events/rcas/

Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008

 

Nora Pouillon |
Sep
29
7:30 pm19:30

Nora Pouillon |

Bookpresentation | Nora Pouillon
My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today by Nora Pouillon with Laura Fraser

September 29, 2015 | Austrian Cultural Forum
 

A wonderfully engaging memoir from the woman who founded Restaurant Nora, America’s first certified organic restaurant–the natural foods pioneer who, earlier than anyone else, made it her mission to bring organic foods to the American table.

The current proliferation of organic food and farm-to-table cuisine owes its existence to this mostly unheralded, groundbreaking woman who changed the way we eat as few others have. Growing up on a farm in the Alps, she was surrounded by fresh food – delicious produce and meats that had never been touched by artificial pesticides or hormones. When she and her husband moved to the United States in the 1960s, she was horrified to discover a food culture dominated by hormone-bloated meat and unseasonal vegetables. The distance between good, healthy produce and what even the top restaurants were serving was enormous. Determined to make a difference, first as a teacher and then as the country’s premiere organic restaurateur, she charted a path that forever changed our relationship with what we eat. Spanning the last forty years of our culinary history, My Organic Life gives us the remarkable life of a little-known hero of the organic revolution.

When: September 29, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court N.W., Washington D.C. 20008
Tickets:  Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bookpresentation-tickets-18002580202

Mia Zabelka at the Sonic Circuits Festival DC 2015
Sep
20
5:00 pm17:00

Mia Zabelka at the Sonic Circuits Festival DC 2015

Mia Zabelka

Mia Zabelka, sound artist, violinist and vocalist from Vienna, with czech, jewish and french familiar background, lives in the Austrian region of southern Styria. As an experimental musician and improviser she has developed a unique language based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin’s sonic possibilities, expanding the instrument using live electronic devices and innovative performance techniques.

She studied music and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts and the Conservatory of Music in Vienna, creating a foundation on the basis of which she continues to construct and explore the limits of sound and music in a language entirely her own. The violin, voice and her own body transform into sound bodies which are at once organic and primal, screaming, lyrical, composed and explosive.

In 2007 Mia Zabelka founded the Klang.Haus, a centre for sound and interdisciplinary art at her house in southern Styria. The klang.haus is a meeting point for international and local artists and hosts the Klang.Zeit festival four times a year.

Since 2009 Mia Zabelka is the artistic director of phonofemme Vienna, an international Festival of female Improvised electronic Music and Sound Art. Mia Zabelka is currently collaborating in Duos with Lydia Lunch, Audrey Lauro, Micromelancolie, Philippe Petit and Zahra Mani, with Video Artist Mia Makela and in Trios with Meinread Kneer and Andreas Willers, Mia Zabelka Trio feat. Pavel Fajt/ Johannes Frisch and Trio Blurb feat. John Russell/Maggie Nicols.

http://miazabelka.com/

http://dc-soniccircuits.org/

 


LECTURE | Academic Cartography in Vienna 1848-1900
Sep
17
7:00 pm19:00

LECTURE | Academic Cartography in Vienna 1848-1900

  • Library of Congress

LECTURE: Academic Cartography in Vienna 1848-1900

Dr. Petra Svatek (Department of History, University of
Vienna, Austria) will be speaking on "Geography – Geology – Medicine – 
Archaeology: Academic Cartography in Vienna 1848-1900." The presentation will
focus on thematic maps produced by geographers, geologists, physicians and
archaeologists of the University of Vienna and other Viennese scientific   
institutions between 1848 and 1900. The first boom of thematic cartography set in around 1850, when several scientific institutions and professorships were
established and right from the beginning made the production of thematic maps
part and parcel of their work and research activities.

What: Lecture on Academic Cartography in Vienna 1848-1900
When: September 17, 2015 7:00pm
Where: Library of Congress, Madison Building 101

 

Exhibition | We Gave Our Best Now The Rest Is Up For The Hope Chest | Johanna Braun
Sep
15
Sep 24

Exhibition | We Gave Our Best Now The Rest Is Up For The Hope Chest | Johanna Braun

  • Austrian Cultural Forum DC

WE GAVE OUR BEST, NOW THE REST IS UP TO THE HOPE CHEST

Hope Chest: Traditionally in the form of a wooden trunk or box, contained the dowry of a young woman. The box and its content played an important part not only in the business transaction between two families, but served as a survival kit for the new life she was about to enter. The Hope Chest didn’t just contain the objects that would secure a young women’s future but comprised her heritage, her sense of belonging. With this in mind we will produce a Hope Chest that will travel fromthe Old World to the New World and then back again. At each station a group of artist will participate in shaping the content of the Box and therefore the exhibition. With this gesture of sharing and handson participation we want to highlight the highly international intellectual exchange within the European - North American Art community, and therefore this exhibition series allows maximum visibility of this inspirational exchange.


Project description
What comes to mind when one thinks about the content of the dowry box is the manual labor of a family or community over a long period of time that ensures one of their youngest members an easier transition from the family home to the new in-laws estate. The contents of Hope Chests weren’t only pretty decorations; they were essential to transforming a foreign environment into a familiar space, allowing one to think, work and make sure that the traditions of the heritage community continue to be passed on. In the spirit of this, we create a multilayered traveling exhibition that reveals as much about its origin, as the networks that shape and transform our work practices.
Created by Johanna Braun


Hope Chest Artists
Maria Anwander, Johanna Braun, Thomas Ballhausen, Rachael Gorchov, Anna Khodorkovskaya, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Dejan Kaludjerovic, Roberta Lima, Muntean / Rosenblum, Michael Niemetz, Linus Riepler, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Kelly Sena and Erwin Wurm. curated by Johanna Braun


Washington DC Artists
Zoë Charlton, Mary Early, Maggie Michael, José Ruiz and Dan Steinhilber. curated by Maggie Michael


for more information please visit: http://www.a-treasure-without-pressure.com


When: September 15, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Free admission | Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exhibition-opening-hope-in-a-chest-tickets-18002545097
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
General exhibition will be open to the public from September 16 - September 25, 2015 |
Mon - Fri: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm
No tickets or registration required for visiting the exhibition afterwards.

 

Concert | Elisabeth Möst
Aug
12
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Elisabeth Möst

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Elisabeth Möst

Elisabeth Möst’s concerts are an experience. In her current program she juxtaposes Amercian and Austrian composers. Based on the juxtaposition Möst shows the various compositional styles of 20th/21st century music. With her beautiful sound, her ability to affect and her deeply impressing musicality shecreates an atmosphere in the concert hall, which never fails to fascinate. Austrian-born flautist Elisabeth Moest studied at the Private Universities of Music in Linz and Vienna and attended master classes with William Bennett, Maxence Larrieux and Aurele Nicolet.Having received several awards, she made her debut in London in 2001 with the premiere of a piece which Helmut Neumann had composed specifically for her. Her comprehensive repertoire, ranging from Baroque to Contemporary, always delights her audience. Inspired by nature and intellectual thought, she creates multi-faceted programmes on themes, which are, musically as well as thematically, amongst the most interesting of our time. Many contemporary composers have dedicated works to Elisabeth Moest, among them Violeta Dinescu, Nikolai Badinski, W.A.Schultz. She is a much sought-after interpreter of contemporary Music.

When: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 20008
Admission: Free | Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-elisabeth-most-tickets-17210061758?aff=eac2

Concert | Clara Blume
Aug
7
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Clara Blume

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Clara Blume

Musical sophistication, refined lyrics and an unforgettable voice: Austrian/Spanish/Indonesian Singer & Songwriter Clara Blume lives expression – in her Songwriting as well as her stunning live performances. Her goal is to unite pop music with interesting stories and to find new unconventional paths of expression. She calls her musical style “Avantgarde Pop" which is characterized by a blend of pop-rock, indie and jazz elements and combines her high artistic standards with catchy melodies that she performs in English and Spanish. Clara is also well known as Circus Directress of her extravagant "The Singer Songwriter Circus" - a traveling concert platform for local musicians. As a dedicated ambassador for Austrian art, she and her Circus have been touring the country for five years, presenting over 400 musicians and upcoming artists, promoting a network of solidarity and raising awareness for the now flourishing Austrian (pop)-music scene. Clara’s long awaited Debut Album „Here Comes Everything“ (earcandy recordings) - in collaboration with her brother and producer Georg Blume - was finally released in May 2015 and widely celebrated as a huge success in her home-country Austria. This August she will be touring through the USA solo on the piano. http://www.clarablume.com

When: Wednesday, August 7, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Where: Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 20008
Admission: Free | Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-clara-blume-tickets-17879709693