Painting "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt

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A Kiss makes History

According to a contemporary rumor, the couple depicted in "The Kiss" are the artist himself and his lifelong partner Emilie Flöge, whose fashion salon was designed by Gustav Klimt and Kolo Moser.

Klimt’s patronage and some paintings in which he depicted his lover not only secured Madame Flöge a place in Viennese society, but also a permanent place in art history. His relationship to Emilie did not prevent the master, however, from starting affairs with some of his models.

With "The Kiss," which was bought in 1908 by the Moderne Galerie and is now on permanent display at the Upper Belvedere, Klimt reached the pinnacle of his "golden" phase. An additional famous work of this period, "Judith I," is also exhibited at the Austrian Gallery, as is the "Lady with Hat and Boa," the painting "Johanna Staude" and a multitude of fascinating landscape paintings. These are mainly of the Attersee and its environs, the Upper Austrian Salzkammergut, where Klimt spent nearly every summer after 1900.

Gustav Klimt died on February 6, 1918 after a stroke. The master of ornaments and painter of alluring women was interred in an honorary tomb at the Hietzing Cemetery (13th district, Maxingstrasse 15, underground line: U4, Bus: 56 B; the tomb is in Group V/194/195).

A Palace for Art: The Belvedere

The Belvedere was built in 1721-22 by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt as the summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy and is considered one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in the world. In its beginnings, the Paintings Gallery which is housed in the palace, the former "Austrian Gallery," was supported in great measure by the Vienna Secession and thus by Gustav Klimt.

Here, you will not only find the largest collection of works by Gustav Klimt, but also masterworks by Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. Also, important works of the French Impressionism, the most important Biedermeier collection as well as highlights of the Baroque and Medieval Collection are accommodated here.

Today, there are special exhibitions in the Lower Belvedere and its Orangerie; one can also view the gala rooms. The museum itself has long been moved to the Upper Belvedere on the other end of the splendid garden and has become an important center for admirers of Klimt from all over the world.

Upper Belvedere (Oberes Belvedere)

Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27
1030 Vienna
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  • Vienna City Card

    • Benefits of the Vienna City Card: -9%

      Additional information on the offer:

      - 1,50€ on the current entry ticket price (Upper Belvedere)

      - 2,50€ on the current entry ticket price (Upper and Lower Belvedere)

  • Opening times

    • daily, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. during July and August 2024.

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors 102 cm wide)
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Parking space for visitors with disabilities in front of the entrance at Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, Parking: 10 am – 6 pm
    • Elevator available
      • Door 150 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Reduced admission for people with disabilities and assistants. "See differently" guided tours (tactile tours) in the Upper Belvedere for blind and visually impaired visitors. The following topics can be booked in advance: A palace to touch - the new tactile model of the Upper Belvedere Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller and his time Gustav Klimt's main work "The Kiss" Multimedia guides with videos in Austrian Sign Language (OGS) are available for deaf visitors. Over 30 videos provide information on selected works from the collection in the Upper Belvedere as well as on the palace and gardens and the history of the Belvedere

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      2 elevators reachable via a ramp (staff will provide assistance), wheelchairs available at the cloakroom.
      Shop/café: a few steps (staff will provide assistance).

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