Ambassador Traina’s Trip to Tyrol

Ambassador Traina had a busy schedule for his trip to Tyrol. He had his inaugural visit with Governor Günther Platter . Topic of conversation were u.a. the economic relationships between the USA and Tirol. With more than 300,000 overnight stays guests from the U.S. play an important role in tourism. Ambassador Traina received a box of Tyrolean Schnapps …

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Ambassador Traina at Street Photography Exhibition

Ambassador Traina, an avid photography collector, spoke at the opening of the new exhibition on street photography at Kunst Haus Wien/ Museum Hundertwasser. In his remarks, the Ambassador also remembered the recently deceased Robert Frank. “Street. Life. Photography” showcases works by U.S. and international artists.

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Cultural Icon Award for Helga Rabl-Stadler

Ambassador Traina presented Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival, with the “Cultural Icon Award” at the International Salzburg Association-Gala, celebrating her significant contribution to U.S.-Austrian cultural relations. The Gala’s venue, Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, is the birthplace of the Salzburg Festival.

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50th Anniversary of the first Moonlanding

Full house for our double bill event celebrating the 50th anniversary of  NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration ‘s Apollo 11 Moon landing! The audience was treated to a stellar performance by the Markus Gaudriot Trio and taken back to the exciting days 50 years ago with the display of postal items, images, and newspaper articles collected by Profil editor Otmar …

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Independence Day Celebration

Fantastic summer weather on June 26 at the Independence Day Party at Ambassador Traina’s residence in Vienna.Every year, the U.S. Embassy opens the doors to the Ambassador’s Residence in Hietzing to honored guests who help make the U.S.-Austrian relationship so strong. Thanks to our generous sponsors, guests enjoyed American beer, American and Austrian wine, burgers, …

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Cultural Icon Award for Elisabeth Gürtler

Yesterday, Ambassador Traina presented Elisabeth Gürtler with the Embassy’s Cultural Icon Award in acknowledgement of her impressive achievements and long friendship with the United States.   Ms. Gürtler, former director of Hotel Sacher, was also managing director of the Spanish Riding School for many years. Part of the history of this institution, a favorite sight …

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Reception in Honor of the Mark Rothko Exhibition Opening

The exhibition “Mark Rothko” was opened at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna , showing for the first time in Austria a retrospective of the influential U.S. artist and representative of Abstract Expressionism. Afterwards Ambassador Traina invited the guests of the vernissage to a reception in his residence, with the guests of honor Christopher and Kate Rothko, the children of …

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American Studies Annual Meeting on “American Im/Mobilities”

From November 16-18, the Austrian Association for American Studies held its 45th annual meeting on “American Im/Mobilities” at the University of Vienna, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Amerika Haus. The conference, which brought together more than 100 scholars of American Studies and related disciplines from Austria, other European countries, and the United States, set out to examine …

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Ambassador Traina visits the Austrian National Library

The Austrian National Library has partnered with Google to digitalize over 600,000 books in its State Hall collection. Ambassador Traina visited the 650 year old library to learn more about this project and the history of this Austrian institution. During the tour, Ambassador Traina also viewed some special rare pieces including a mid-16th century map …

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Glitter and Be Gay: Leonard Bernstein at 100

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, bridging the gap between classical music, Broadway musicals, jazz, and rock. Throughout his outstanding career, he composed popular symphonies, operas, and musicals; spearheaded prestigious orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and, as a guest conductor over a period of 24 …

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Ambassador Traina visited Salzburg

“Perhaps the most beautiful city in Europe!” That was Ambassador Traina’s comment to “Salzburger Nachrichten” during his visit to the Mozartstadt. In his first official visit outside Vienna, Ambassador Traina called upon Governor Haslauer to discuss increased cooperation between the United States and Land Salzburg. He also stopped by Schloss Mirabell to admire the unparalleled …

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The Global Significance of American Avant-Garde Film

On April 4, the U.S. Embassy organized a panel discussion, including video clips, with Bruce Jenkins from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Alexander Horwath from the Austrian Film Museum and Mark Toscano, American filmmaker, curator and preservationist. Mark Toscano is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, curator and film preservationist and works for the Academy …

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“Erika and Klaus Mann: Traitors to the Fatherland”

The internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker and nonfiction author Dr. Andrea Weiss  presented clips of one of her earlier films “Escape to Life.” This film deals with the life and times of famous German author Thomas Mann’s eldest children, Erika and Klaus. Known as intellectuals, artists, homosexuals and pacifists, Erika and Klaus were forced to leave Germany after Hitler’s …

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