Have you ever done something totally out of your comfort zone? I did this week!
The Vienna tourist board showcased Viennese Modernism at the Somerset House on the 11th October 2017. The event marked the 100th year anniversary of the deaths of historical modernist artists; Klimpt, Scheile, Wagner and Moser whom broke out in modernism for a brave change to Viennese art.
Toms Kitchen: If you’ve been wading my blog from the start then you’ll know that I’m a lover of anything edible. Culinary delights were served throughout the evening. Starters consisted of warm feta cheese and beetroot hugged by filo pastry, chipolata sausages marinated in sticky maple and honey sauce, floral bowls of pomegranate and pine nut salad garnished with rocket and edible flower petals.
More you say?
Two mains. Haddock and clams with infused saffron risotto rice. The other dish – shredded lamb, creamy mash and hot lamb gravy…. mmm.
Desert anyone? Fine and delicate triangle chocolate brownie with miniature scoops of sorbet topped with pistachio shavings. God I always make myself hungry writing these things.
Being oh so new to this I had no idea what to expect! So turning up and entering a room full of intellectual people was very overwhelming. Sip… that was me hiding my nerves with some of the Viennese wine they had handed around. Thank you very much! After a glass or two I felt my nerves settle and started to explore what the event had in store for us.
The installation was magnificent. Covering three countries already and seven more to go, it was an honour to be part of the board meeting discussing such great historical artistry.
One artist I had previously crossed prior to the event was Gustav Klimt, famously renowned for his painting of Adele Bloch- Bauer, The Lady in Gold. I had heard the story and later watched the film which clearly modernises the emotional story of the infamous paintings theft, and the law suit filed by Maria Altmann that followed it. A truly emotional story, just one of thousands like it.
After the speech we found ourselves immersed in conversations with some extraordinary people. I got into a deep conversation with a lady who was very informative and gave me some great advice on writing style. At this stage I’d never felt so lucky to be at a place like this. Only a few hours ago I was at my day job, then, at an art event speaking with a lifestyle writer who happened to write for Forbes. I felt honoured to get such great advice.
Being so nervous about what to expect, I never thought I would be in a situation like this. I now always live by, “feel the fear and do it anyway” because I feel that I’ve got something to gain. Imagine if I’d said no to going to such an inspiring event.
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With thanks to my supportive best friend Zoe who came with me to my first event.
Thank you to Luxuria Lifestyle, who I was honoured to represent at the Vienna tourist board event.
Thank you to Charlotte Fox who made our time at the Vienna Tourist board event all the more special.
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