Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt lived, worked, and died in Vienna. Some of the Austrian capital’s museums, galleries, and notable buildings proudly and beautifully showcase his famous pieces. Here are a few ways to celebrate and admire Gustav Klimt’s work in Vienna.
Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere)
Home to the largest collection of Gustav Klimt artworks in the world, 18th-century Belvedere Palace is the single most important destination for Klimt aficionados. The palace houses 24 works including Kiss (Lovers) and Judith alongside a diverse selection of landscapes, portraits, and sketches. Belvedere Palace sits within expansive grounds in central Vienna.
The Leopold Museum houses one of the world’s largest collections of modern Austrian art, and takes pride of place in Vienna’s Museumsquartier. Opened in 2001, the museum holds famous Klimt works including Attersee and Death and Life. The Leopold Museum is near the Maria-Theresien-Platz and can be reached with ease on a hop-on hop-off bus tour.
The Secession Building was built in the late 19th century to mark the decision made by a number of artists to withdraw from the Association of Austrian Artists. Klimt was the first president of the Secession, and his masterpiece Beethoven Frieze is housed there.
Home to the Austrian National Theater in Vienna, the Burgtheater dates back to 1741 and remains among the most visually impressive buildings in the Austrian capital. Between 1886 and 1888, Klimt produced a number of impressive ceiling paintings in the Burgtheater’s stairwells that visitors can still admire today.
Vienna’s Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts is the largest art museum in Austria, and features historic works dating back to the 11th-century House of Habsburg. Klimt and his colleagues created 40 paintings in the museum in 1890, just before it opened to the public in 1891.