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Art market

Code-cracking lot: Second World War Enigma machine on offer at Vienna’s Dorotheum

The Germans believed Enigma was uncrackable; cryptographers at Bletchley Park broke the code, contributing to the Allies’ victory

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coronavirus

Five European museum directors explain their reopening strategies

From capped visitor numbers to surgical gloves and temperature checks, here's how cultural institutions are getting ready to leave lockdown

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coronavirus

Austrian culture minister steps down after coming under fire over pandemic response

Ulrike Lunacek was in office for less than four months

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coronavirus

Austrian galleries plan cautious re-openings as government eases lockdown

“The doors will be wide open to let the sun in again,” says one Viennese dealer

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coronavirus

Austria’s federal museums close to prevent coronavirus spread

Albertina delays planned opening of new Vienna museum of modern art

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Museums

Will new €50m Albertina Modern museum revolutionise Vienna’s contemporary art scene?

Satellite venue of historic Albertina is to focus on Austrian and international art made after 1945

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Discoveries

Like ‘Tutankhamun’s tomb’: first look inside emperor's sepulchre in 500 years reveals magnificent treasures

Discovery in Vienna's St Stephen's cathedral was made with photographs taken through a small hole in the marble

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Book Shorts

How the Habsburgs conquered by having arms rather than using them

New book and exhibition shows that the arms and armour of the Emperor Maximilian I were the visible signs of his chivalry

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Austrian politics

Austrian election campaign turns forest art stadium into political battleground

Unveiled earlier this month, Klaus Littmann's tree installation is Austria's biggest ever public work of art

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Restitution

Austria promises to return ancient artefacts to Russia that were taken as war trophies

An Austrian army officer took the 2,000-year-old objects from a war-damaged museum in the port of Temryuk at the end of the Second World War

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Book Shorts

Thomas Bernhard’s Old Masters as a graphic novel

The Austrian writer’s bilious attacks are neutralised by the cartoons

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Contemporary art

Curator will plant 299 trees in Austrian football stadium in statement against climate change

Klaus Littmann was inspired by a dystopian drawing created more than 30 years ago

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Vienna

Albertina Museum director defends landmark gift of Essl collection

Klaus Albrecht Schröder says contemporary art acquisitions, criticised by Austrian Court of Audit, will fill a gap in country’s public museums

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Austria

Austria returns wrong Klimt to wrong family

Painting of apple trees is pulled from exhibition after admission that its restitution was a mistake

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Books

The influence of Klimt in Central European art after the First World War

The adaptations and expansions of the Austrian painter in the nations of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire

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Vienna

Austrian culture minister Gernot Blümel ‘is a no-show’, claims opposition

Austrian People’s Party politician has refused to schedule parliamentary culture committee meetings and has overseen a decline in the culture budget

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Exhibitions

Niko Pirosmani: the ‘vagabond’ who inspired the Russian avant-garde

The self-taught artist, whose work commands surprisingly high prices at auction, is the subject of an exhibition at Vienna's Albertina museum

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Art market

Vienna Contemporary here to stay with decade-long venue booking

The contemporary art fair, now in its third year, made its mark at Vienna's Marx Halle

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Books

Pull up a pew: vast volume surveys church cabinetmaking in 17th- and 18th-century Austria

Illuminating historical overviews and a mass of documentary research covers an under-studied subject

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Politics

Plant from Las Vegas gunman’s garden is at the centre of anti-gun exhibition in New York

The Austrian artist Martin Roth says the aim is to create a space to discuss violence in the US and help visitors, including school children, take action

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Austria

Leonard Lauder’s Klimt landscape belongs to me, says heir of Nazi victim

Georges Jorisch is represented by Randol Schoenberg, the lawyer who last year won his eight-year case against Austria for the return of five Klimts to California resident Maria Altman

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News

Nazi war loot held in Austrian museums to be sold if unclaimed

The database of all art with questionable provenance is now online

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Restitution

Austria must return five Nazi-looted Klimt paintings to the heirs of the Jewish collector Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer

“Morally, this is a gain for Austria” not a loss, says Maria Altmann

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Maria Altmann

Struggles continue over Klimt Nazi-loot lawsuit

Maria Altmann had urged an earlier trial date while in dispute with Austrian government

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Restitution

Austria aims to dismiss restitution bid: “If you want the Klimts come and claim them in Austria”

Maria V. Altmann is attempting to reclaim 6 Klimt paintings looted by the Nazis

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Maria Altmann

Supreme Court says Austria can be sued in the US over Nazi-loot case

The Justices rule six to three in favour of Maria Altmann. She can now pursue her case in American courts

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Restitution

A portrait, person by person, item by item, of a society wiped out

This important book gives a full documentation for the Jewish art collectors of Vienna whose goods and lives were targeted by the Nazis

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Restitution

US Supreme Court hears the Austria Klimt case

The Bush administration argues that Austria cannot be sued in a US court because it would interfere with foreign relations

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Restitution

Supreme Court to decide whether Austria can be sued in the US

An American citizen is claiming six Klimts from the Nationalgalerie in Vienna alleged to have been seized from her uncle by the Nazis and then unlawfully retained by Austria after the war

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Restitution

Austrian court orders seizure of Nazi-looted Schiele

Heirs will have to sue for the painting, which is currently being held at Dorotheum

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Art & Technology

Austria’s 15th digital arts festival

This year’s 15th Ars Electronica, the Austrian digital arts competition, is as strong as ever, despite the fact that the digital revolution has been going through its first real crisis

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Collectors

Exhibition of the largest selection of Australian Aboriginal art to have been presented in Europe

Show demonstrates the aboriginal passion of an Austrian collector

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Restitution

Counsels of very grudging justice: Austrian government divided on restitution claims

The Austrian Parliament decided that full restitution should be made to victims of the Nazis and to those who had been coerced into giving works after 1945 to the museums - but the advisory council has twice taken its own, negative, line

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Looting

Mahler-Werfel restitution case revived, and put on hold

The council on looted art has postponed its decision on whether to return five paintings in the Oesterreiches Galerie to the granddaughter of Alma Mahler-Werfel

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Looting

New York Court of Appeals rules that Schiele paintings must be returned to Leopold Foundation

The paintings are claimed to have been stolen from their rightful owners during the Nazi annexation of Austria

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Restitution

Restitution round-up: France, Austria, Italy, and Germany

Recent developments in the restitution of looted artworks

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Exhibitions

Andy Warhol exhibition to open in Vienna

“Andy Warhol: A Factory”, Kunsthalle at Karlplatz, Vienna, 5 February-2 May

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Exhibitions

Liste 97 is a venue for 36 young galleries in the former Warteck brewery

The stands in this fair cost only SFr 4,000

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Art market

Christie’s to auction unclaimed works of art confiscated from Austrian Jews by the Nazis

8,000 works stored for over forty years in the medieval monastery at Mauerbach

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Austrian support for the Kurds leads to friction over archaeology

Austrian support for the Kurds leads to friction over archaeology

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Conservation & Preservation

Austria to the aid of the Croatian heritage as war rages

Old historical ties revived as the Kunsthistorisches Museum, with government blessing, devises a conservation package

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Warburg Institute

The Warburg Institute: A Personal Memoir

In 1933 Nazism, drove a band of original and profound scholars to settle in Britain. Out of these elements grew the world famous Institute, whose approach to the past has incomparably enriched the understanding of art. Will the 1990s see this living intellectual force stifled by British government meanness and philistinism?