2012 Marked as the Klimt Year
Matchboxes with images of the artwork ‘The Kiss (1908)’ by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) on display in a souvenir shop at the Galerie Belvedere in Vienna. On the occasion of the painter’s 150th birthday, 2012 will be marked as the Klimt Year. EPA/ROLAND SCHLAGER.
Owning the largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt worldwide, the Belvedere is preparing a very special presentation for this anniversary year. The show Masterpieces in Focus: 150 Years of Gustav Klimt on the Upper Belvedere’s piano nobile will display all of the artist’s paintings preserved in the museum in an extraordinary fashion. Unlike most exhibitions of recent years, it will not deal with stylistic relationships or art historical contexts, but will concentrate on the individual works as such – on the message each of these masterpieces conveys to the spectator.