Many museums are celebrating the 150th birthday anniversary of Gustav Klimt with summer exhibitions honoring the Austrian symbolist painter. Best-known for his painting “The Kiss”, Klimt garnered the praise of his critics and was an award-winning artist during his lifetime. Klimt spent most of his career in Vienna before he died of a stroke in 1918.
The world’s largest collection of Klimt’s work is owned by the Belvedere Museum in Vienna. Their celebration of Klimt begins on July 13th with the opening of 150 Years of Gustav Klimt. Besides showing a huge array of Klimt’s work, the Belvedere will also provide information for every year of the artist’s life. The creation of this in-depth biography will add to the understand and interpretation of the scope of Klimt’s work. The exhibit also goes beyond his lifespan and delves into the legacy and phenomenon of popularity that surrounds Klimt’s work.
Also included in this exhibition will be the two Klimt masterpieces “Sunflower” and “Family” which the Belvedere just acquired in March 2012.
150 Years of Gustav Klimt will be on view at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna from July 13 – January 6, 2013.