The official opening of The Jewish Museum Vienna on International Court: Erich Lessing. Andrew Mezvinsky on Wednesday, January 20, concluded a series of events to present the exhibition.
All photos: Austrian Press- & Information Service
The official Opening
Despite the unexpectedly inclement winter weather, over 150 people came to see the works of two artists with very distinct artistic positions. Austrian appointed Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner welcomed artist Andrew Mezvinsky, Danielle Spera (Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna), Hannah Lessing (Secretary General of the Austrian National Fund and daughter of artist Erich Lessing), and guests. Spera mentioned that the two artists both show Jewish art from different perspectives. Hannah Lessing, who co-curated the exhibition, was delighted to show the works of her father in Washington, D.C. and thanked both the Jewish Museum Vienna and the Embassy of Austria for the cooperation.
The Vienna Tourist Board hosted a press preview of the exhibition and a presentation Vienna 2016: Imperial & Contemporary. Repeatedly voted as the world’s most livable city, Vienna understands to combine an enormous historic heritage with contemporary art and lifestyle as well as a new-found finesse in everything from culture to food, art and design. Massive building projects such as the city’s new central train station, new hotels, new districts on the rise and lots of new competition for established gourmet restaurants prove that Vienna is an exciting and thriving hub in the heart of Europe.
On Saturday, January 16, the U.S. Friends of the Jewish Museum Vienna had held an exclusive preview dinner. The director of the Jewish Museum Vienna, Dr. Danielle Spera presented the history of the Jewish community in Vienna and shared profound insights into the museum’s development including past and present exhibitions.
The exhibition is on display at the Embassy of Austria until March 18, 2016.
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Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court, NW
Washington, DC 20008