In the footsteps of Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimts works drawings and paintings are known throughout the world, and in the history of art they represent the onset of an important new era in painting. Discover the exciting world and impressive works of this unique painter in the course of a tour through the Secesion and the Upper Belvedere.
Klimt was a co-founder of the Vienna Secession, which also gave its name to the exhibition hall, the “Secession” at Karlsplatz. Beginning in 1898 this distinctive building with its dome of gilded leaves offered ambitious young artists a place to display their works. For an exhibition here in 1902 Klimt created one of his most famous works: the Beethoven Fries. Over a breadth of 34 metres and a height of 2 metres Klimt interpreted Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. After a short ride with the tramway the next stop on this tour is the Upper Belvedere which has the most complete Klimt collection in the world. The epitome of Klimt’s “golden phase” can be seen here in his iconic painting “The Kiss.” Further renowned works in this collection include “Judith I” and “Adam and Eve,” as well as numerous fascinating landscapes by the artist. From here you will be returned by bus to the Secession or the Albertina.
Duration: approx. 2 – 3 hours
Not included are tickets for the tramway and entrance fees.