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5 places where you can enjoy Gustav Klimt's legacy

5 places where you can enjoy Gustav Klimt's legacy


The Neue Galerie on the Museum Mile in New York City exhibits the works of Klimt and his contemporaries, with a focus on early-20th-century German and Austrian artists. The upper floor of the museum is dedicated to fine and decorative art, including paintings by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. Since 2006, the museum has been home to Klimt’s famous Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer “The Woman in Gold”, considered to be one of the artist’s greatest paintings from his Golden Phase. 


The Leopold Museum offers the largest collection of modern Austrian art, with over 5000 exhibitions, including the largest collection of Egon Schiele. At the heart of the exhibition are Austrian works from the first half of the 20th century, highlighting the transformation from Art Noveau to Expressionism. The museum is home to a variety of Klimt’s masterpieces, such as “Death and Life” and “Attersee”, alongside a collection of approximately 100 drawings. 


The Art Nouveau Secession Building was created as an architectural manifesto of the Vienna Secession group. Above the entrance, visitors can inspect the Secessionist motto “To every age its art, to every art its freedom”. The Secession Building is home to Klimt’s “Beethoven Frieze”. The 34-metre-long painting depicts Beethoven’s “9th Symphony”. The final section of the painting (the embracing lovers surrounded by angels) is also known as This Kiss to the Whole World and is considered one of Klimt’s most notable works. 


Partly founded by Klimt, the Belvedere in Vienna showcases an extensive collection of Austrian art. The Baroque palace is home to the world’s largest collection of Klimt’s oil paintings, which includes “Judith” and his most famous piece, “The Kiss”. The Belvedere’s permanent Klimt collection also includes a sketchbook and landscapes.


Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History) is considered one of the five most significant fine art museums in the world, with collections of Egyptian, Greek and Roman Antiquities, alongside sculptural works and pieces of decorative art. The museum’s stairwell features 40 spandrel paintings and other works between arches and columns, 11 of which were created by Gustav Klimt. The decoration features themes from the history of art, ranging from ancient Egypt to modernity. 

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