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Gustav Klimt: Just a kiss?

KissIt’s one of the art world’s most iconic paintings, an image we’re all probably familiar with – even if we can’t always remember who painted it. It’s brilliant and colourful, strikingly beautiful and called simply The Kiss.

This year sees the 150th anniversary of its creator, the artist Gustav Klimt, and a host of exhibitions are being held in the Austrian capital to celebrate his life and works.

In fact, Vienna is hosting ten exhibitions of Klimt’s work including one at The Belvedere Palace, home to the world’s largest collection of Klimts – including The Kiss itself, painted in 1907.

Several of the exhibitions and collections are open now and it’s possible to make an art-lover's journey by rail this winter through the Austrian Alps. In Innsbruck, see works by Rembrandt in the Tyrolean State Museum; in Salzburg, visit the Salzburger Barockmuseum to discover works by Rubens; and end your holiday in Vienna, standing before The Kiss.

Alternatively, wait until summer and combine an exploration of the Danube Valley on a leisurely cycling holiday with a fascinating exploration of ‘150 years of Gustav Klimt’ in Vienna (opens 12 Jul) at the Belvedere.

Let’s face it, kissing is a popular subject for artists and Klimt’s image is just one among many iconic works of art, which include Rodin’s famous sculpture of the same name, residing in the Musée Rodin in Paris; and Alfred Eisenstaedt’s classic black and white photograph of a sailor and nurse embracing passionately in Times Square on VJ Day.

Klimt exhibitions are also being held in The Museum of Fine Arts, devoted to his middle period 1886-97 (14 Feb-6 May); The Leopold Museum, where you can get ‘Up Close and Personal’ with Klimt (24 Feb-11 Jun); and The Wien Museum which is showcasing its collection of Klimt-related objects, including his painting smock, death mask and 400 drawings, shown together for the first time (16 May-16 Sep).

Posted: 07/02/2012 13:33:00 by | with 0 comments
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