Weapon Of Beauty

The eternal ice
August 11, 2010, 8:42 pm
Filed under: Design, Literature

I somehow ended up at a second-hand book fair last weekend and I got me this little gem:
“Het eeuwige ijs. De Zuidpool-expeditie van kapitein Scott. Een verhaal van den laatsten tocht, Britse Zuidpoolexpeditie van 1910-1913,van kapitein Scott en diens tragisch einde, benevens een beschrijving van het natuurleven in het eeuwige ijs.”

It’s a 1915 book about Captain Scott’s South Pole expedition, and besides the lovely dated Dutch, it has a superb cover, which is actually the main reason why I bought it. Look at the font and the style of the whole drawing, all so very art deco – modernist.  And it has a penguin! Penguins are always cool. Sadly the book doesn’t mention who made the drawing.

If only all book covers were like this…


Summer in Vienna

Right now, there are 2 interesting exhibitions at the Vienna Kunsthalle: ‘Keith Haring 1978-1982’ and ‘Street and Studio: from Basquiat to Séripop’.
The Keith Haring exhibit is a real treat as it focuses on rarely seen early work. It features a lot of collages, videos and neat little drawings, but also shows a great number of the big typical Haring paintings.

At the same time there’s also the ‘Street and Studio: from Basquiat to Séripop exhibit’. I have no idea why they made this into a separate exhibition as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Haring are contemporaries and are the first ‘street artists’ who made it in to the main stream galleries and art world.  Even more: a lot of the Basquiat works on show are collaborations with Haring!
In this exhibition Basquiats work is confronted with the work of a whole slew of recent street artists like Banksy, Blek le Rat, BLU, Mark Jenkins,…
I didn’t take any pictures inside but only photograped the two works that are outside the Kunsthalle building.
First up is a typical Mark Jenkis cellotape doll (puking girl), second is a work by Brad Downey who filled a Telekom Austria phonebooth with concrete.

The Viennese streets are full of rats!

Another rodent! An artistic one this time.

Otto Wagner rules. This is just one of the many great Jugenstil buildings in Vienna that were designed by him. I love the Postsparkasse building because  it has a dark and brooding undertone to it.

Forget the Sachertorte. Go to Johann in the Stadtpark for a truly delicious Himbeerschaumschnitte. Warning: addictive!