In 1890/91 Gustav Klimt completed his quota, a total of thirteen paintings. And in 1891, six months before the formal opening of the museum, they were glued to the wall of the main staircase.
visitors standing on the Klimt-bridge, 12 metres in the air.
122 years later, the wall paintings are still in the place but now a very special Klimt-Bridge has been erected in the main staircase of the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The bridge has been extremely popular because visitors can enjoy a close-up view of Klimt’s early Art Nouveau paintings displayed in situ, 12 metres above the floor.
As my own students will attest, there is no reduction in interest in the Ringstrasse, early 20th century Vienna, the Secessionist movement and Klimt. So the Vienna Museum has also mounted a temporary Klimt show in 2012; located in the Special Exhibition Gallery, it presents Klimt’s oeuvre from his Ringstrassenperiode. Paintings and graphic works from the holdings of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna have been added to by loans from public and private collections in Switzerland and Germany. The Klimt celebrations will continue until mid January 2013.
Even more importantly for me, the Museum coffee shop has been completely redecorated. The new elegant furnishings feature an impressive bar area, comfortable couches and beautifully decorated tables that reflect the artistic atmosphere of the Cupola Hall.
If Klimt fans are visiting Vienna this year, they should also go to The Belvedere, home to the world's largest collection of Klimt works. The Lower Belvedere and the Orangery have been specially adapted to stage special exhibitions. And this year’s is very special; Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann - Pioneers of Modernism will continue until March 2012.
restaurant, Cupola Hall, Kunsthistorisches Museum