Calendar of Australian Events
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Event: Australia Day in Budapest
24 January 2019, Budapest
The group of Australians and New Zealanders living in Hungary (Nozzies) will be having their traditional get-together ahead of Australia Day in Budapest. The event is available on Facebook and requires no registration.
Iguana Grill & Bar
Zoltán Street 16
Theatre: Medea directed by Simon Stone
Performances until 25 January 2019, Vienna
Australian award-winning director Simon Stone will be presenting his interpretation of Euripides’ Medea , one of the most well-known tragedies in Greek Mythology, at the prestigious Burgtheater in Vienna. For his version, he adds a modern element, drawing from a harrowing real story set in 1990’s America. Simon Stone is one of the most acclaimed theatre directors on the international circuit. In Vienna, he has so far shown Ibsen’s The Wild Duck (Vienna Festival 2013), Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman (2014/2015) and Hotel Strindberg (2017/2018).
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Event: Australia Day in Vienna
26 January 2019, 6:00 pm, Vienna
Two Australian friendship groups, OzCon and the Austrian-Australian Society, continue their tradition of marking Australia Day together in Vienna. Members and friends are welcome to join them at Weingut Wolff, a typical Viennese Heuriger. Reservations are not necessary as a room has been booked. Children are welcome.
Weingut Wolff Heuriger
Exhibition: Jonny Niesche in Vienna
Ongoing until 26 January 2019, Vienna
Sydney-born artist Jonny Niesche is displaying his second solo show in Austria at gallery Zeller Van Almsick. He is also presenting his first monography Cracked Actor. Niesche has honed his craft in both Australia and Austria, including at Sydney College of the Arts with Mikala Dwyer and at the Akademie of Fine Arts Vienna with Heimo Zobernig. His work reflects the way in which the development of language has both veiled and overtaken the primacy of our senses. Using minimal but powerful sensory elements such as colour and light, he manipulates perception to create an interactive experience.
Zeller Van Almsick
3rd Floor, Suite 16
Wednesday to Saturday: 12:00 - 6:00 pm
Music: Simon Hewett conducting Coppelia
Opening night: 27 January 2019, 7:00 pm, Vienna
Australian conductor Simon Hewett will debut at Vienna Volksopera to conduct the ballet Coppelia, written by Leo Delibes and ranking among the best ballets of all time. Following studies in Australia and Germany, Hewett served as principal conductor of Stuttgart Opera and is currently principal conductor of the Hamburg Ballet. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Ballet Covent Garden in London, the Sydney Opera and Vienna State Opera. Coppelia will be performed several times until mid-March.
Exhibition: Jenny Watson’s Tall Tales and True
Ongoing until 2 February 2019, Vienna
Internationally-renowned Melbourne artist Jenny Watson has returned to Vienna to exhibit her new work, Tall Tales and True. One of Australia’s most important contemporary artists, her work represents an elaborate form of conceptual painting. Her imagery makes complex issues visible, with image ideas that are coherent and metaphors reduced to the essentials. Using simple components – unprimed textiles, figures left in aesthetic rudiments, and hand-written short texts – Watson creates complex stories from her figurative images, which provide a feminist and social critique and also diary-like personal insights into her life. Jenny Watson represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1993. The work shown at the current exhibition were developed during a stay in Japan.
Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann
Tuesday to Friday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Film: A Collected Gaze – Australian Handmade Experimental Film 1967-2018
6-7 February 2019, Vienna
The Österreichische Filmmuseum, Austria's cinematheque and museum/research centre for film, will be screening an Australian experimental film special featuring more than 50 years of Australian handmade experimental film. Three separate programs will explore the specific narratives that characterise Australian experimental film. The first, Play of Light, investigates the recurring significance of Australian light in creating both natural and artificial cinematic landscapes. The second, Painting with Motion, explores the nexus and direct manipulation of music, sound, light, colour and volume. The last, Artist Film Workshop, Melbourne, dedicates itself entirely to filmmakers; investigating the recently remerging interest in analogue film as a medium for visual arts. Each of the three programs will be introduced by curator Danni Zuvela, Australian writer, academic and co-director of the artists’ collective OtherFilm.
Wednesday, 6 February, 6:30 pm
A Collected Gaze 1: Play of Light
Wednesday, 6 February, 8:30 pm
A Collected Gaze 2: Painting with Motion
Thursday, 7 February, 8:30 pm
A Collected Gaze 3: Artist Film Workshop, Melbourne
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Albertina building, ground floor
Art: Up To and Including with Helen Grogan
Ongoing until 8 March 2019, Krems an der Donau, Austria
Australian artist Helen Grogan will be presenting two installation-based works at her solo exhibition at the Galerie Stadtpark. The 2018 recipient of the Austrian Arts Residency Exchange uses sculpture to explore themes of perception and space – particularly the exhibition space itself. David Komary of the Galerie Stadtpark writes that her work “involves a subtle critique of the institutional conditions of the exhibition format”, while also seeking to “raise a kind of awareness of one’s own physical being”.
3500 Krems an der Donau, Austria