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Events in Art and Archaeology

Europe's Fathers: Augustus and Charlemagne
VIENNA  •  Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien  •  27 May - 21 September 2014
To commemorate the death of the Roman Emperor Augustus 2000 years and of Charlemagne 1200 years ago the Kunsthistorisches Museum is hosting a small presentation of unique masterpieces that illustrate the intellectual world of these two rulers, the splendour of their courts, and their seminal importance for European history. The exhibition showcases two of the museum’s most iconic artworks: the Gemma Augustea and the Vienna Coronation Gospels, produced for Charlemagne and now on view for the first time since 1954.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien Website

Contact: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
1010 Wien

Tel: (43) 1 525 24 - 5202

Photo courtesy of Ars Electronica
Photo courtesy of Ars Electronica
Ars Electronica 2014
LINZ  •  Various Venues  •  4 - 8 September 2014
The 2014 edition of Ars Electronica is a series of presentations and events including symposia, addresses by artists, exhibitions and installations, concerts, performances, workshops, seminars and interventions in public spaces on the theme of Change, confidence, craving. Creativity, collaboration – whereby C also raises questions: what and whom do we need for creativity and innovation to unfold and proliferate. And C stands for catalysts, which bring us to the role art plays in social transformation processes.

Ars Electronica is inviting artists and scientists from all over the world to elaborate on the framework conditions for social renewal. On the program of events lined up for the 2014 media arts festival are exhibitions, conferences, concerts, performances, open labs and workshops, nearly all of which will be staged in public places and semi-public spaces in downtown Linz. For the first time, the festival is also hosting a global summit, a conclave of leading lights including Oliviero Toscani, Joachim Sauter, Golan Levin, Bradford Paxton, Hiroshi Ishii, Ryoji Ikeda, Roy Ascott, Bunker Roy, Robert Madelin and Derrick de Kerkove.

Ars Electronica 2014 Website

Contact: Hauptstrasse 2
A- 4040 Linz
Tel: (43) 699 177 81583

The Other Side - Mirrors and Reflections in Contemporary Art
VIENNA  •  Belvedere  •  18 June - 12 October 2014
Vienna's Belvedere has undertaken to elucidate various aesthetic and symbolic aspects of the reflecting surface. Not only has the mirror been of great significance in the history of art and culture, but it can also look back on a century- old tradition as a magical and symbolic object. In several ancient civilisations, it was considered an image of the soul, while in European medieval art it functioned as an emblem of chastity, transience, sensual pleasure, and a passion for finery. In the Baroque age, on the other hand, it was a symbol of vanity – the futility of all human ambition. The mirror is a medium of self-perception and of the narcissistic doubling of one’s self, while it is also a threshold leading to a parallel universe or a different modality of existence, such as in Through the Looking - Glass 1 , where it functions as a means of expanding one’s mind.

Belvedere Website

Contact: Upper Belvedere
Prinz Eugen-Str. 27
1030 Vienna
Tel: (43) 1 79 557

Events in Classical Music

English Baroque Soloists / Monteverdi Choir & Soloists / Gardiner
VIENNA  •  Vienna Konzerthaus  •  28 September 2014
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4 (1707-1708 ?)
Domenico Scarlatti: Stabat mater (1715 ca.)
Georg Friedrich Händel: Psalm 109 Dixit Dominus

English Baroque Soloists, Orchester
Monteverdi Choir & Soloists, Chor
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Vienna Konzerthaus Website

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Contact: Vienna Konzerthaus
Lothringerstrasse 20
A-1030 Vienna
Tel: (43) 1 242 002

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