Friday, March 22, 2013

Vienna: Café Museum & piano music

One of my personal Vienna "musts" was to enjoy the piano music in a café, especially on a Friday afternoon, when you're half dead and half glad that you're somehow alive, in the back of your head.

Café Museum is one of them (Click here to see the others). It was opened in 1899 by Ferdinand Rainer and it's ideal location (near the Academy of Fine Arts, the Vienna State Opera Theater on the Vienna river and the Viennese Music Association) attracted many artists, such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

The architect Adolf Loos was commissioned to design the interior of the café. He went against the typical overly ornate style of those times and chose a simplistic one, which he later referred to in his essay: “Ornament and crime”.  

Enjoy the pics, and don't forget that the real thing is far more magical!