Vienna Christmas Blockbuster: The World’s First Ever Pieter Bruegel Exhibition29 November - 02 December, 2018

Trip Dates:
29 November - 02 December, 2018
Trip Price: £1110
Single Room Supplement: £95
Trip Length: 4 days

Vienna, as the centre of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was by the turn of the 20th century the fourth largest city in Europe with a population of two million people. Much of the city had been reshaped and it attracted entrepreneurs and intellectuals from across its empire; some aspired to join the highly conservative haute-bourgeoisie of Viennese society while others discovered a mind-set ripe for innovative, avant-garde ideas.  Thus into turn-of-the-century traditional Vienna, Jugendstil and modernism found a foothold which blossomed in the faltering years before the Empire’s fall.  It produced a remarkably rich creative outpouring in music and psychological thinking as well as in architecture and art – a legacy that excites visitors today.

Following on from the FoW’s very successful visit to Vienna in 2016, there will be a particular focus, this time, on the wonderful exhibition at the world famous Kunsthistorisches Museum to mark the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the greatest Dutch painter of his time. This is the world’s first ever major exhibition of his work.


In addition, the party will also visit the Gugging Museum, the medieval monastery in Klosterneuburg and its collection of modern sacral art, and the Museum of Applied Arts. We have specifically left much free time to explore Vienna at a delightful time of the year when the Christmas markets will be in full swing. Nearer the time, Distant Horizons will also provide information on cultural performances which are due to be staged at this time.

Maximum Party Size: 20

Trip Leader: NIrvna Romell

After graduating from the University of Zagreb in Croatia with a degree in History of Art she moved via South Africa to England, arriving in Wilmslow in October 2003. She has been lecturing on the social history of Western art for 15 years. She also works on collection interpretations, museum staff training and creates unique cultural tours. Nirvana has successfully led NADFAS, ADFAS and other groups on study tours and consistently received highly enthusiastic and positive feedback. In her work, she links the past with the present by combining aesthetic, historical and social theoretical approaches to art and culture. Those who travelled with Nirvana have particularly praised her ability to engage the audience and use her solid grasp of the subject matter to impart a lasting understanding of the artists, artefacts and their broader context. Nirvana has given a series of lectures to the Friends of the Whitworth on the ‘Roots of Modernism’ to the Friends of the Whitworth. She has accompanied four previous Friends of the Whitworth visits also organised by Distant Horizons.

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Vienna Christmas Blockbuster: The World’s First Ever Pieter Bruegel Exhibition Trip Comments:

‘I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The days were always fascinating and of course Nirvana lifts everything to another level with her expertise.’
‘Nirvana’s knowledge and expertise enabled us to visit a huge variety of locations in a relatively short space of time.’
‘Nirvana was an excellent scholar, showing expert knowledge, the capacity to explain in an interesting way, a strong sense of humour and willingness to adapt to changing circumstances.’