Museums in Vienna

I have never looked through the bunch of different museums in Vienna; there are too many. Don’t get me wrong: I do not think that some have to be closed (I don’t bother how many museums there are, really). I just want to explain that, as a not very interested person in things that possibly would be displayed in museum halls, I am swamped with keeping a survey over all the different museums, exhibitions, events, and so on.

Now, I found an astonishing article in the daily “Der Standard” which is about the several art museums belonging to the “Bund” (i.e.: the Republic of Austria)*. The story tells a little bit about the rivalries between the managers (“Direktoren”) of these museums, their status, and the “need” to reform the hole structure of the museums’ organisation.** It therefore specifies all kind of imaginable mergers, splittings – and their respective consequences. That includes also the authority over the different works of arts each museum owns (jealously watched by each of their “Direktoren”), and the aims and strategies of each “Direktor” how to get access to the other museums.

Wow! I am impressed! Behind the curtains of high, higher, highest culture, there must be an infight for more ressources, and “ressources” does not only mean money, but of course: access to works of art. Seems to be the perfect scenery for a murder mystery (or, let’s put it in German words: a “Schmierenkom

3 Comments so far

  1. luc (unregistered) on January 4th, 2005 @ 2:41 pm

    this is just my first response to your nice article:

    austrian, viennaise politics in cultural issues is nothing, nothing but an administration of estates (not sure about translation of “nachlassverwaltung”).

    the viennaise art history may (actually, it does) exceed rome, prague, dresden or any important city you may talk of like that.

    i don`t know exactly about the politicians responsible for that cashflow, and there is, but they seem to forget progressive, contradictory stuff, they want to forget because it will kill them right away and from scratch, . look at gehrer, she, among others, SHOULD be responsible for procreation. we saw one year ago what happened

    . it did not help anything.

    any kind of politic effort about these issues seems to me like a 360degrees turnaround. and there is no solution but boycott which can never be a solution.

    like to hear grenz about this. as he is part of a young and independt group working against.

  2. grenz (unregistered) on January 4th, 2005 @ 6:34 pm

    there’s a bunch of great museums in vienna. i think i don’t know 10% of them…

    just an example


  3. tom (unregistered) on January 4th, 2005 @ 8:19 pm

    grenz, I am tapping on your nerves, I know, but that link … it’s not really a link, is it? so, was that meant to be (is this, kind of, an avantgardist statement against museums)? or was it just a mistake? oh, I’m horrible, I know … :-)

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