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Face to Face with Gustav Klimt

Face to Face with Gustav Klimt

The Klimt-Bridge in the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Because of its sensational success, the Klimt-Bridge erected in the Main Staircase of the Kunsthistorisches Museum will remain until January 6, 2013, offering visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy a close-up view of Klimt’s early paintings displayed in situ twelve metres above the floor.

In 1890/91 the twenty-eight-year-old Gustav Klimt executed a number of paintings to decorate the spaces between the columns and above the arcades along the north wall of the KHM’s main staircase. The committee in charge of the newly-built Imperial Museum of Fine Arts (today the Kunsthistorisches Museum) had commissioned a series of forty paintings from a group of young artists called the Company of Artists – Gustav Klimt, his younger brother Ernst, and Franz Matsch – featuring different periods of art from Ancient Egypt to the 18th century.

Personifications – either male and female, or female only – symbolize different stylistic periods, regions or centers of art. Pose, costume and selected objects perfectly reflect style and artifacts typical of each period.

Gustav Klimt contributed a total of thirteen paintings. All were executed in oil on canvas in the Company of Artists’ communal studio; in 1891, six months before the formal opening of the museum, they were glued to the wall of the main staircase.

Information

6. February 2012
to 6. January 2013

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien

Opening hours
Juni bis August
täglich 10 – 18 Uhr
Do bis 21 Uhr


September bis Mai
Di – So, 10 – 18 Uhr
Do, 10 – 21 Uhr

Einlass ist jeweils bis eine halbe Stunde vor Schließzeit!

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien is open on Reformation Day October 31, 2013!Holiday opening hours

Exhibition Catalog 2012
Gustav Klimt im Kunsthistorischen Museum
€ 14.90

Combined ticket „Gustav Klimt”

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Kunsthistorisches Museum & Austrian Theatre Museum
1 ticket – 2 exhibitions

 

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