Born in Switzerland, raised in Austria from childhood Gabriela has been fascinated by history, art and people in general. After language studies in England, France, Italy and Mexico, Gabriela studied Interior Design in London. She then continued her studies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, which opened up a new window to all arts. With a degree in Interior Architecture and Industrial Design Gabriela has been sharing her passion for the arts and the city of Vienna since 1999 with visitors as a licensed guide. She also works in adult education in the field of contemporary architecture. Her special interests are in contemporary art, design, architecture and lifestyle. Gabriela is also Involved in the Vienna Design Week and the AZW, Architektur Zentrum Wien, which she frequently works for. Alpine sports is just another aspect of a very active life that she shares with a husband a two children in one of Viennas nicest neighborhoods, the Servitenviertel in 9th district.
Reinhard studied literature, cultural science and pedagogy at the Universities of Salzburg, Graz and Vienna. His PhD thesis was about Henri Michaux and French post surrealistic literature and art, and he has published literary criticism articles in multiple scientific journals. Since 1986, Reinhard has been working in the field of cultural tourism and cultural pedagogy and has also taught as a lecturer at Graz University. His main research topic is Italian and European Renaissance, Baroque and the Fin-de-siècle. At present, he is working on a study about late Italian Renaissance and the Counter Reformation. His research activities have always been very stimulating for his practical and professional work as a cultural historian.
Clemena was trained as an art historian at the universities of Edinburgh and Oxford. Her doctorate, supervised by Prof. Martin Kemp, the world’s leading Leonardo specialist, came out as a book, Space, Time, and Presence in the Icon: Seeing the World with the Eyes of God (2010). Her second book, Visual Thought in Russian Religious Philosophy, is coming out in 2019. Since 2011, Clemena has lived, off and on, in Vienna, where she is the Research Director of one of the academic programs at the Institute for Human Sciences. In this period, she has also worked for universities in Germany and France, most recently at Aix-Marseille and at Cologne. Clemena is interested in the interdisciplinary interactions between the history of art, the history of science, philosophy, and theology. Her approach to art is, generally, that of a cultural historian. Her tours for Context reflect this approach. She believes that art and the experience of aesthetic pleasure that it offers, enhance our experience of life and expand our humanity.
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St Stephen's Cathedral and Hofburg exterior
Palais Lobkowitz, State Opera, and Musikverein