I arrived in Vienna by train. It was raining. I went straight to the hotel, Hollmann Beletage. The taxi ride from the South Station cost almost €30!
I took the tram No. 1, which makes a circular trip around the city center. This tram route is a good one for visitors to take because you get to see some the important sights of Vienna. The tram drops you off in front of the MuseumsQuartier. The MQ is a collection of buildings that house works of art, film, theater, and other types of exhibition spaces. It is a great public forum for artistic and cultural exchanges.
MUMOK was the first stop because they close at 6pm. MUMOK is the dark grey basalt building of the MQ Wien. The museum is medium sized, and has a pretty good collection that was displayed and there was an interesting art show called, “Bad Painting, Good Art“. Another exhibit, Mehransichtigkeiten, that I enjoyed was the celebration of the museum’s founding director, Werner Hofmann, who has helped to build the museum’s modern art collection. There were some amazing artwork I have never seen before and was very impressed with the collection. There were also some video and performance based work, which went beyond my artistic appreciation. But for those of you who are interested in this type of art, the show is called Mind Expanders.
The Leopold Museum was the next visit. The Leopold Museum is on the opposite side of the court of MQ, and in contrast to the dark grey basalt facade, is the white limestone building. The museum holds the largest collection by the Austrian artist, Egon Schiele. I was not familiar with Egon’s work, and after looking through the museum’s collection, I have added him to my list of favorite artists. I really liked his paintings of landscapes, and cityscapes that depict humble neighborhoods and buildings. I also liked his use of color and brush strokes. The Leopold Museum also houses work by other great artists like Gustav Klimt (one of my favorites).
The final visit was to the Architekturzentrum Wien. I thought this was an interesting museum and a great resource for the study and criticism of architecture past, present, and future. It is well worth a visit for those who are enthusiastic about architecture.