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The Viennese Café as an Urban Site of Cultural Exchange

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The Viennese Café as an Urban Site of Cultural Exchange
Victoria & Albert Museum and Royal College of Art, London
17 and 18 October 2008

The cultural significance of the café provides a central theme for scholars from the fields of visual, social, literary and cultural history to meet and explore the similarities, differences and shared points of interest in recent research into Vienna 1900. Although the Viennese coffeehouse has long been recognised as a site of importance, there has as yet been no in-depth scholarly investigation of how it functioned in relation to the broader culture of the city at this time. The programme examines the café from a variety of perspectives, with the aim of deepening our understanding of the nature of this urban space, and the cultural exchanges and performances that went on there.

Keynote speakers: Dr Steven Beller, independent scholar, Washington DC and Professor Edward Timms, University of Sussex.

The conference is part of the programme of research of the AHRC-funded Vienna Café Project, which is run jointly by the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck, University of London and the Department of Design History at the Royal College of Art. It is organised to coincide with the exhibition Vienna Café 1900, which will be shown in the galleries of the RCA between 13 - 24 October 2008.

Booking is now open. For further details of the programme and registration please visit: www.rca.ac.uk/viennacafe/conference.html
Or contact Angela Waplington a.waplington@bbk.ac.uk


A festival of events is taking place, both at the Royal College of Art and at partner institutions, offering the public an opportunity to further explore the theme of Vienna Café 1900. Admission to all events is free, but places may need to be reserved.
For up-to-date information please visit: www.rca.ac.uk/viennacafe

The Austrian Cultural Forum
28 Rutland Gate
London SW7 1PQ
T 020 7225 7300
E culture@austria.org.uk

Entry is free but booking is required by email or telephone.

7 October, 7pm: Concert by Hermine Haselboeck
Austrian mezzo-soprano Hermine Haselboeck, who studied under Rita Streich, has been building a major career with high-profile appearances at Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Teatro San Carlo Naples, and an award-winning CD of songs by Zemlinsky. As part of the ACF’s New Artists Series she will contribute to the Royal College of Art’s Vienna Café project with turn-of-the-century songs by Zemlinsky, Mahler and Schreker – accompanied by Russell Ryan and with introductions by distinguished British music critic Michael White.

16 October, 7pm: Concert: A Musical Wiener Mélange
Turn of the century Viennese music, sung by the incomparable mezzo soprano Loré Lixenberg accompanied by Carol Morgan, one of the leading experts on the music of the Kaffeehaus era.
Programme to include: Wiener Lieder, Heurigen Lieder and songs by Lehar, Stolz, Kreuder and others

Birkbeck Cinema
41 Gordon Square
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1H 0PD

24 October, 6pm: Film Screening
Café Elektric (1927) Gustav Ucicky

Royal Academy of Music
Piano Gallery
York Gate Building
Marylebone Road
London NW1 5HT

10 October, 2.30-4.30pm: Lecture-recital
Vienna 1900: Design for Music
Lead by Dr Amanda Glauert and Diane Silverthorne

14 October, 12.30-2.30pm: Lecture-recital
Exploring Viennese turn-of-the-century string quartet repertoire
Lead by Dr Simon Shaw-Miller and Peter Sheppard-Skaerved and the Kreutzer String Quartet

Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
London SW7 2EU

10 October, 6pm: Film screening
Klimt (2006) Raoul Ruiz
Introduced by Professor Ian Christie

14 October, 6pm: Film screening
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1949) Max Ophuls
Introduced by Al Rees

18 October, 6pm: Concert by the Kreutzer String Quartet
Programme to include a range of string quartet repertoire from the turn-of-the-century.

20 October, 6pm: Film screening
The Illusionist (2006) Niel Burger
Introduced by Dr Frank Gray

22 October, 6pm: Film screening
The Third Man (1949) Carol Reed
Introduced by Sir Christopher Frayling

23 October, 6pm: Literary Evening
Talk by Anthea Bell - Fiction in Freud's Vienna: a translator's viewpoint.


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