The Belvedere is home to the world’s largest collection of Klimts (including The Kiss) and will be focusing on the world-famous artist along with outstanding architect and designer Josef Hoffmann from 25 October 2011 to 4 March 2012 (“Gustav Klimt / Josef Hoffmann. Pioneers of Modernism”). Their intensive working relationship – which included highlights such as the Beethoven Exhibition (1902) at the Secession Building and the Palais Stoclet (1905-1912) in Brussels – set a new benchmark in Europe for the concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk. Numerous works such as Klimt’s portrait of Fritza Riedler, which bears Hoffmann’s characteristic signature, show the influence that these two pioneers of Austrian modernism had on each other, a subject explored in a broad-based special exhibition with an additional Wiener Werkstätte focus.
Lower Belvedere, Orangery (Belvedere – Unteres Belvedere)