My work was feetured in Wallpaper City Guide 2012.

This is the text that was written about my work (quote from Wallpaper City guide Salzburg 212):
“Austrian designer Nina Levett produces textiles, paintings, illustrations, prints graphics and product design, including car seats for Alfa Romeo. She also created tableware for the company’s centenary. Levett studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and is represented in Salzburg by Artmosphere at the Rudolf Budja Gallery (overleaf). Artmosphere has loacations throughout Austria and Miami, and focusses on 20th century American, European and Japanese art. Levett’s wallpaper caught our eye, with it’s fun storyboard style.: Alfa Romeo Wonderful Car Crush (above costs 1200 USD per roll). Levett also exhibited at the MAK in Vienna and in smaller galleries around the country,…”

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Nina Levett went to the Belvedere Museum to see an exhibition called “Gustav Klimt / Josef Hoffmann. Pioniere der Moderne.

She was inspired to see this exhibition because of her contacts to the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. When she last talked to the curator he mentioned that in 2012 the city of Vienna would be promoting the work and life of Gustav Klimt.

The MAK is currently inviting many interesting people to discuss its identity and future. Nina Levett went to this discussion about twice a week. She heard a talk by the content manager of the Vienna Tourism agency who explained what the average Vienna visitor wants to see in Vienna. The main reason to come to Vienna is its art and culture.

Nina Levett feels that her work is deeply embedded in the culture of  Vienna. So she thought it was worthwhile to know what people see when they come to Vienna, what other artists have managed to do that has become to be so valuable to her city.

As to the value, the content manager of the Vienna Tourism agency mentioned that 4 million nights were booked last year by tourists in Vienna. She also said that the average amount of money spent per night amounts to 264 EUR. All this value is largely brought to my city by artists living in my city a century ago.

When Levett  heard this she felt that her work could one day be of great value for society. So she went to discover what made Klimt and Hoffmann’s work so special that people all over the world come to Vienna to see it.

Nina Levett booked the tour of the exhibition and together with about 15 other people and listened to the explanations about the works shown. She realised that Klimt and Hoffmann like artists today had to struggle to survive. But it was not only a struggle to feed themselves but also a struggle to “feed their art”. Had they not had the support of the cultural leaders of their time they would not have been commissioned with the works that have made them so famous and that have caused such great pleasure for people all over the world.

Klimt created some of his most famous artworks for exhibitions like the 1902 exhibition about Beethoven.

For further reading click here for a group interview with Nina Levett in the daily newspaper “Die Presse” about Gustav Klimt by Daniel Kalt.

In this video Nina Levett uses a handheld mobile device (an iphone app which creates a kaleidoscope effect to photos and videos) to create a disconcerting, distorted view of reality.

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The incongruous alliance of financiers and artists is expressed in the relationship at the heart of this project.

Nina Levett suffered a great deal when after finishing this project I heard nothing from the team that had commissioned the artworks. Until now I have not got a response what will happen with the works.

Nina Levett is talking about “The Search for Meaning” in this video. She explains that she finds it interesting to watch videos or read about other artists and how they go about in their work. She relates to their struggles and the way they feel about their work. It helps her to keep alive the vigorous struggle for meaning that she finds she has to face everytime she sits down to work.