Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer II is back – as part of a special presentation! The Belvedere is not only a magnificent Baroque palace. As a museum it also houses one of Austria's most valuable art collections – with key works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.
It’s an art history sensation: following a period of in-depth research, Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer II (1912-13) will be on display as part of a special presentation at the Upper Belvedere that opens on November 9, 2023. The painting is one of Klimt’s most iconic works and is actually in private ownership.
So why is it now accessible to the public? Adele Bloch-Bauer II is currently undergoing technical analysis and restoration in the workshops of the Belvedere Museum in Vienna. This outstanding late work by Gustav Klimt can now be seen in its original glory until February 11, 2024 and, thanks to the latest research findings, visitors can also gain insights into the artist’s painting style.
The heart of the Belvedere collection is formed by the 24 paintings of Gustav Klimt with his golden images "The Kiss" and "Judith". Klimt's "The Kiss" in particular is world-famous. The 180 x 180 cm painting was created in 1908/09 and shows Klimt and his muse Emilie Flöge as a couple in love. "The Kiss" is probably Austria's most famous work of art. Klimt's portraits of women also impress and be marveled at in the Upper Belvedere.
The permanent exhibition was completely redesigned at the beginning of 2023: "Picture this! The Belvedere Collection from Cranach to EXPORT" extends throughout the entire palace in the wonderful Baroque ambience, and shows the highlights of the collection together with new additions and works from the holdings. On show is Austrian art in the context of the creative work of international artists of their time. It includes Austrian highlights from the Middle Ages and Baroque, while the icons of Vienna Modernism meet greats like Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Auguste Rodin. Around 400 works recount 800 years of art history. The show collection also looks in depth at the interactions between art and society.