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Apr 25, 2012
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Flesh-eating beetles at the museum

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By Herwig Prammer

When I came to Vienna for my studies in the mid-1980s, the Museum of Natural History Vienna (NMH) was my absolute favorite.

At that time most of the 39 exhibition halls of the NMH had never been changed. It was more like an oddity cabinet than a museum; historic stuffed animals eerily stared out from behind dead eyes – some even from the famous James-Cook expedition.

Apr 2, 2012
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“As a person I am not extra interesting” – Klimt

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By Herwig Prammer

When you walk through central Vienna now you get the impression there are almost no other cultural events this year besides Gustav Klimt’s 150th birthday anniversary. Posters, postcards, sketch books, scarves, curtains, neck ties and gloves, umbrellas, cups and glasses, bottles and plates, boxes and containers on every corner are covered with his paintings. Copies of “The Kiss” even beautify toilet seats!

Originally I wanted to look at how Vienna pays tribute to this important Austrian “Wiener Jugendstil” (parallel to “Art Nouveau” in France) artist. But the growth of tacky commercialization of Klimt’s art has begun to taken center stage.