(Feridun Zaimoğlu, The Third Turkish Siege of Vienna
Here's one for any Viennese Arts Diary followers. On 28 January, the Kunsthalle Wien will be hosting a 'kulturtalk' around contemporary art and culture and Islam, featuring Turkish-born poet and visual artist Feridun Zaimoğlu
alongside artist Olaf Metzel, architect Golmar Kempinger-Khatibi and philosopher Almir Ibric. Both Zaimoğlu and Metzel have polarised and scandalised the public in Vienna. The former spectacularly upset local right-wingers with his Third Turkish Siege of Vienna
(above), and the latter enraged the Turkish community with his life-sized bronze model of a naked woman in a headscarf entitled Turkish Delight
. This discussion looks at the broader debates around tolerance and freedom of speech, and promises to provoke a lively and heated debate.