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The "Gustav Klimt and the Künstlerhaus" exhibition uses documents, letters and photographs from the Künstlerhaus archive to explain many of the artistic and biographical milestones in the work of Gustav Klimt.

Gustav Klimt ca. 1900 Gustav Klimt ca. 1900
Gustav Klimt, 1902 Gustav Klimt, 1902

Gustav Klimt was a highly active member of the Künstlerhaus - one of the most influential artists' associations in Central Europe - from 1891-1897. Through his membership of the Künstlerhaus, Klimt came into contact with numerous influential figures and was appointed to various committees for public contracts, such as the one overseeing the interior design and decoration of the City Hall.

It was at the Künstlerhaus that Gustav Klimt made the acquain­tance of Nikolaus Dumba, a major patron of the Ringstrasse, for whom he completed a number of commissions. He also participated in numerous annual exhibitions. In 1890 Klimt experienced his first major success when his picture "Inside the Old Court Theater" was awarded the Emporer's extremely generous inaugural prize. In 1897 Klimt left the association with 18 of his contemporaries in protest at the academic dogma being preached by the Künstlerhaus.

Exhibitions continued to be dedicated to Klimt after his death - in 1943 a major Gustav Klimt show, which drew in excess of 24,000 visitors, was held at the Secession to mark the 25th anniversary of his death and his 80th birthday. Klimt's art took pride of place at the 1985 exhibition "Dream and Reality", hosted by the Wien Museum at the Künstlerhaus. An interesting and little-known fact is that Klimt's illegitimate son, the film director Gustav Ucicky (1899-1961), was also a member of the Künstlerhaus artists' association.

Gustav Klimt and the Künstlerhaus

July 6 – September 2, 2012


Karlsplatz 5
1010   Wien

Guide dogs permitted


  • Main entrance 9 Steps (Double swing door 152cm wide).
  • Elevator available: 216 cm wide and 298 cm deep, Doors 140 cm wide.

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Restrooms with access for disabled persons available.


Nebeneingang stufenlos, 3 Stufen im Foyer, Rampen im Inneren (120 cm breit)


  • +43 1 587 96 63

Opening hours

  • daily, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Th, 10:00 - 21:00


  • Cheaper with the Vienna Card: 5 instead of 8.50 (not applicable for special exhibitions)

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