Kraus Café & Bar
KRAUS is the gastronomic neighbour of Kahán Art Space Vienna, creating a bridge to the offices of the periodical DATUM and the Austrian editorial office of the German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT. Reinventing the classic Viennese coffee house, KRAUS not only offers a hearty breakfast, it welcomes its guest with an exquisite menu all day. And in the evenings, it transforms into a bar with a unique atmosphere.
Just as the Viennese coffee house was a hub of intellectual gatherings and vivid debates 100 years ago, KRAUS serves as a meeting point for the world of art and the media. It strives to rekindle the dialogue and the critical spirit of the city with its diverse programme. And the motivation and inspiration behind that is none other than Karl Kraus.
1020 Vienna, Große Pfarrgasse 7
Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 - 01:00 / Sunday 10:00 - 22:00
At the beginning of the 20th century, Karl Kraus was one of the most prominent writers in Austria, and a loud free thinker of his time. As an independent publicist, satirist and language fetishist, he mercilessly criticised any kind of thirst for power, hypocrisy or double standard: In his newspaper titled “Die Fackel” (The Torch), he mostly attacked the contemporary media in a primarily satiric and absolutely cruel tone. With his mainly lurid articles, he created the concept of “gutter press”, known today as “tabloid journalism”.
Karl Kraus especially enjoyed feeding “canards” or hoaxes to the respected press in the form of letters to the editor, which was also a way for him to extend actionist media criticism in a way, and he did that long before the concept of “Fake News” was born. His financial independence allowed him to disregard anyone in matters of content and to maintain his intellectual autonomy.