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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.

Highlights

Florentinisches Quattrocento (Venus)

Gustav Klimt
Zwickelbild an der Westseite des Stiegenhauses im
Kunsthistorischen Museum
1890/91
© Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum

 
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Information

06. February 2012 to 06. January 2013

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien

Exhibition Catalog 2012
Gustav Klimt im Kunsthistorischen Museum
€ 14.90