you step inside… you are moved…your journey begins…
You are in a special place, influenced by a special woman: Josephine de Bourblanc.
Join us for a journey back to the 1920s and 1930s, to the era of surrealism… Poems, artist soirees, a gramophone from which jazz music sounds.
Josephine de Bourblanc, a young aristocrat who found a home here on the run from the Russian Revolution.
Josefine, as she is now called, takes her hotel guests into the world of surrealism. Her words, objects and drawings are profound, but always elegant and subtle and touch people. Josefine transforms the small hotel at Esterhazygasse 33 into a magical place.
In the Phonotheque, young actors rehearse plays, clowns recite poems, Dadaist poets throw crude words on the wall. French artist friends come to visit. Breakfast under the stars. Collages serve as welcome notes.
The rooms fill with stories. One guest swears that his bed, on close inspection, is the back of a hippopotamus. Another brings his prize-winning sheep to the hotel and names it Josefine. An elderly woman checks in and leaves the hotel the next morning as a young girl.
Josefine filled her diary with anecdotes. Reality and fiction intermingle. Surreal, daring, magical. A magic that remains to this day. Walk in the footsteps of Josefine. Become part of the whole. Continue writing the story. Forever Josefine.