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KHM named best Vienna museum

The Museum of Art (Kunsthistorisches Museum, KHM) has been found Vienna’s most popular art museum in a new poll.

One in three (33.3 per cent) participants in the poll conducted by the Austrian Times online news platform said they preferred the museum which is located in the Innere Stadt city centre district.

The Belvedere – situated in Landstraße district – and the Albertina, which is located near the State Opera in the city centre, are tied in second place in the poll with an approval of 17.6 per cent of readers each.

The Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) and the Museum for Applied Art (MAK) come third with 5.9 per cent each, ahead of the Leopold Museum and the Kunsthalle Wien.

The KHM – which registered 582,000 visitors in 2009 – currently features a special exhibition called "Schaurig Schön - Ungeheuerliches in der Kunst" (Terribly Beautiful – Monstrosities in Art) which investigates how artists of all eras approached centaurs and other fabulous creatures. The exhibition features Greek vases and ancient bronzes but also paintings by grand masters like Peter Paul Rubens and Raphael.

The Belvedere currently shows dozens of portraits by Austrian art icon Egon Schiele in a spectacular special exhibition. The Leopold Museum’s permanent exhibition also features some of the late painter’s most famous works.

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Now the Austrian Times takes a closer look at the nomination of Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger as new head of the People’s Party (ÖVP). Spindelegger was unanimously elected by the conservative party’s board shortly after Josef Pröll resigned as chairman, vice chancellor and finance minister.

Some political analysts doubt that the ÖVP – which has done badly in recent polls – will recover until the next general elections are due in 2013. Do you think Spindelegger will get the government party back on track? Take part in the new Austrian Times poll now!

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