My “KISS EXPERIENCE” with Gustav Klimt

After a really exhausting week I longed for a relaxing weekend. I got myself comfortable on the sofa with my latest book purchase “Die Biografie” of Gustav Klimt. After a couple of pages I felt I wanted to be very close to the artworks of the artist Gustav Klimt. I remembered, that the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna are currently showing some of Gustav Klimt´s wall paintings. So I dragged my wife to the museum…...

The well known artist of the Jugendstil Gustav Kimt past away exactly 100 years ago in 1918.  The Austrian Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, celebrates this anniversary with a special show.


In 1890, the “Art Compagnie” with Gustav Klimt, his brother Ernst Klimt and his college friend Franz Matsch got the commission to create paintings between the intercolumns of the staircase in the Kunsthistorisches Museum.


12 meters above the ground on an special stairway you can admire the wonderful paintings of Gustav Klimt, Ernst Klimt and Franz Matsch. The special thing of Gustav Klimt paintings compared to the paintings of Matsch and Ernst Klimt that Gustav Klimt developed a step toward modernity. This was the beginning of the decade of Klimt´s famous “golden period”.

I came so close to Gustav Klimt, I could have imitated “THE KISS” with Gustav.

The project “Stairway to Klimt” is running until 2nd September 2018. Highly recommended.

My favorite painting from this serious: “ROMAN AND VENETIAN QUATTROCENTO”


Book recommendation: Gustav Klimt; "Die Biografie" Authors: Alfred Weidinger and Mona Horncastle; publishing house: Brandstätter; ISBN:  978-3-7106-0192-7 


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