Baroque in Vienna

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Derived from the Portuguese “barroco” – meaning “rough or imperfect pearl” – the Baroque style consists of elaborate details and irregular forms. Though this was in its heyday during the 17th and 18th centuries, a selection of works by contemporary installation artist Olafur Eliasson under the name BAROQUE BAROQUE can now be found in Belvedere’s Winter Palace, one of Vienna’s best-known works of Baroque architecture. Once home to Prince Eugene of Savoy (a patron of the arts and sciences during the baroque period), the space has been repurposed for an entirely unique and unexpected visitor experience. Eliasson employs light, color, reflectivity, and projections in an homage to the historic style that was long considered an “attack on the senses.” Perhaps this perception was not so unique to the style itself, but to the time during which it was received, visual innovation on a revolutionary scale. Is our view of modern work so different?

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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