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Special 150-year memorial exhibitions of paintings, drawings, and other works by the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt will entice art lovers to Vienna (Wien), Austria in 2012.
The Albertina in Vienna is an important research center for Klimt’s drawings and sketches. He particularly enjoyed sketching women. The Klimt – Drawings (Klimt – Zeichnungen) will be in the Albertina in Vienna from March 14 to June 10, 2012. The museum will exhibit the majority of its 170 Klimt drawings together with loan items to show Klimt’s mastery as sketch artist.
- Burggasse 47: his home prior to Westbahnstraße
- Neubaugasse 54: Klimt lived here during his childhood
- Casa Piccola, Mariahilfer Straße 1a: the fashion house co-run by Emilie Flöge, Klimt’s “life companion”, occupied the floor above the coffeehouse
The art history museum is better known for its Titians and Tintorettos, but Franz Matsch, Gustav Klimt and Ernst Klimt were commissioned to contribute to the decorative paintings around the huge main staircase.
In addition, the Secession Museum is the home of Klimt’s majestic Beethoven Frieze, one of the modernist works that shocked critics of the time, and the Wien Museum holds the largest collection of Klimt drawings.
Vienna has declared 2012 the year of Gustav Klimt, making it one of the best times ever to view the work of this celebrated Austrian painter, whose arresting portraits and lush landscapes are on public view from New York to Vienna.
Many of Klimt’s works, especially those from his early years, are on permanent display in Vienna: in the Secession, the Burgtheater, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and in the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna.
With a total of 24 works, the Belvedere owns the biggest and most important collection of Klimt paintings in the world. Among them is Klimt’s 180 x 180 cm masterpiece “The Kiss”, which can be marveled at in the Upper Belvedere, where it is on permanent display.
There are a number of links between the iconic artist Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) and the Belvedere in Vienna, which houses the world’s greatest collection of Austrian art. It was on the initiative of Klimt and other artists that the Moderne Galerie was founded in 1903, the institution that has evolved into the Belvedere. The aim was to create a place for contemporary Austrian art and to present this in an international context. The Belvedere’s curatorial work and exhibitions are based on this premise to this day.
With twenty-four works, the Belvedere holds the world’s largest collection of oil paintings by this iconic artist, including the two masterpieces from his Golden Period, Kiss (Lovers) and Judith, major portraits (Sonja Knips, Fritza Riedler, and Johanna Staude etc.), landscapes, and allegorical depictions. The collection also includes one of Klimt’s sketchbooks and his monumental Beethoven Frieze at the Vienna Secession. Gustav Klimt’s masterpieces are on permanent display at the Upper Belvedere. In this comprehensive collection, Klimt’s development can be traced from his early explorations of Historicism through to Secessionism and finally to his late work, which reveals the influence of the Fauves and the younger generation of Austrian artists such as Egon Schiele.