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Gustav Klimt,  Water Snakes I,  1904–07

Lower Belvedere

The Belvedere has the world’s largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt, many of which will be on display in a special exhibition dedicated to this world-famous artist and his contemporary, the gifted architect, exhibition orchestrator and designer Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956).

Fernand Khnopff, Half-figure of a Nymph, 1896 Fernand Khnopff, Half-figure of a Nymph, 1896
Painting by Gustav Klimt: The Kiss Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1907/08 (Upper Belvedere)

The show "Gustav Klimt / Josef Hoffmann. Pioneers of Modernism" will center on the long-standing collaboration between the two, which started with the foundation of the Vienna Secession in 1897 and continued until Klimt's death in 1918.

The exhibition focuses on Klimt and Hoffmann's collaboration on the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, the only true "Gesamtkunstwerk", or total work of art, produced by the Wiener Werkstätte. This unusual building and its lavish interiors are presented in detail for the first time at this special exhibition. Exact replicas of wall designs, an architectural model and numerous plans and preparatory sketches for Klimt's Stoclet Frieze provide a valuable insight into the story behind the construction of this Art Nouveau Gesamtkunstwerk.

Hoffmann also designed numerous exhibitions du­ring his career, many of which featured works by Gustav Klimt. Plans and reconstructions of indivi­dual rooms bring the time around 1900 back to life. One such room is a replica of the Klimt Room where the Beethoven Frieze was shown to the public for the very first time in 1902. A scale model of the Beethoven exhibition recreates Vienna's first ever Gesamtkunstwerk. Klimt's compositional sketches for the frieze and various studies by some of the other artists represented at the exhibition provide additional context for the show. Another focus is on the artists' cooperation for the Kunstschau 1908 where Klimt's masterpiece "The Kiss" went on display to the public for the first time. Other attractions include a reconstruction of Klimt's last studio (including a number of original items) that bears Josef Hoffmann's design signature, as well as Hoffmann's sketches for Klimt's tomb, which was ultimately never completed.

Gustav Klimt / Josef Hoffmann. Pioneers of Modernism

October 25, 2011 – March 4, 2012

Lower Belvedere, Orangery (Belvedere - Unteres Belvedere)

Rennweg 6
1030   Wien


  • Main entrance ( 90cm wide).
  • Ramp 600 cm long and 200 cm high.

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  • Mo - Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
  • We, 10:00 - 21:00
  • Th - Su, 10:00 - 18:00

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