das weisse haus
Until the 1920s, literary, musical and philosophical salons were an established part of social and cultural life. Originating in France, the salon – usually hosted by noblewomen, the Salonnières – reached its climax in the 18th century. It was a place where people would meet informally, debate freely, exchange ideas and cultivate young talent. One of the most respected salons of the time, hosted by Madame de Tencin, included Voltaire, Montesquieu and Rousseau among its guests. In the 20th century, Gertrude Stein’s salon in the Rue de Fleurus in Paris was a hub for the literary and artistic avant-garde. In Vienna and New York, salons held by Austrian hostess Alma Mahler-Werfel were attended by Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka among others.
das weisse haus will hold its first salon during this year’s VIENNA ART WEEK. Successful women from the cultural sector have been invited with one or two guests each to promote an open exchange between different cultural positions and a critical discourse.
Participants: Christiane Krejs, Andrea Löbel et al.