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“Gustav Klimt and the Dawn of Modernism in Vienna”.

Turn of the century Vienna was the fifth largest city in the world, the cradle of Modernisim and the city of Gustav Klimt.  One of Austria's greatest painters, Klimt is widely considered the personification of Art Nouveau, and was one of the founding members of the Vienna Secession in 1897.  The group's goals were to enable exhibitions for unconventional young artists and to attract works of the best foreign artists to Vienna.   Klimt also was a member of the Wein Werkstatte a progressive alliance of artists and designers focused on creating objects of outstanding individuality and beauty, with great emphasis placed on exclusive and exquisite craftsmanship.   Late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Vienna was a creative hub without parallel anywhere in the world. At that time it was the world’s fifth largest city. Society was shaped by a spirit of optimism. Architecture, visual arts, literature and music were in their heyday in Austria – a cultural peak that was cut bitterly short by the onset of the First World War.  In 2012, a number of Vienna's leading museums will devote special exhibitions to Gustav Klimt in acknowledgement of his significant achievements.   And now, with the kind permission of  Vienna Tourism, we offer some insights into the commemoration of Gustav Klimt in 2012.  Has there ever been a more ideal time to visit Austria's Imperial City?

 


Detail: The Kiss (Lovers),1907-1908 by Gustav Klimt:  © Belvedere, Wien

A KISS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Gustav Klimt and the dawn of modernism in Vienna

Water Snakes by Gustav Klimt, 1904 - 1907, © Belvedere Museum, Vienna
GUSTAV KLIMT / JOSEF HOFFMANN
Pioneers of Modernism at the Belvedere Museum

Emilie Floge by Gustav Klimt © Wien Museum
GUSTAV KLIMT ON EXHIBIT
Exhibitions Commemorating Klimt's 150th birthday



A KLIMT BIOGRAPHY

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