Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Eye on Vienna

MUSEUMS, EXHIBITIONS AND GALLERIES

* KunstHaus Wien - Picasso. This secret collection of 130 works (portraits, erotic drawings and terracottas) comes to Vienna for the very first time. Admission is 60-90 Austrian Shillings. Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13, open daily 10-7pm. Ends August 30.
* MAK - Out of Actions - Aktionismus, Body Art & Performance (1949-1979). For the first time, the exhibition presents action-oriented art and performance in an international context, introducing it as a pivotal phenomenon that radically changed the course of post-war art, since it had been developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Stubenring 5, Wien 1, tel.: +431 711 360. Guided tours, tel.: +431 711 36298. Admission 90 ATS, open daily. Ends September 6.

SPECIAL FOR YOU

Vienna is great for bike riding because of its special bike paths. Take your own bike, or rent one and join Pedal Power guided bike tours. Tours in English, including rentals, cost 280 ATS (230 ATS for students and 150 ATS for children). With your own bike, the tour costs 180 ATS. Tours take place in any weather -- they even provide raincoats! You can choose from two tours: 1) City Bike Tour (approx. 3 hours) - an easy route with frequent stops to take pictures, a visit to a medieval wine cellar included. Daily at 10am. 2) Danube Island-Heurigen Tour (approx.4 hours) - or an easy ride along the Danube to vineyards on a small hill. Taste young wine in a small tavern. Every Sat and Sun at 3pm. Contact Pedal Power Office, Ausstellungsstrasse 3, tel.: +431 729 7234, fax: +431 729 7235, E-mail: office@pedalpower.co.at

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).