The renowned Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, most famous for his iconic artwork ‘The Kiss’, is being celebrated by a series of special exhibitions in Vienna this 2012 - to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth. The anniversary is sure to appeal to art lovers and Klimt fans – and will be an unmissable cultural event for anyone taking a short break to Vienna in 2012.
As an artist, Klimt holds global appeal – with some of his artworks being shown most recently at a special exhibition in Liverpool’s Tate Modern Gallery. He was born on the 14th of July, 1862 in Baumgarten, Austria and proceeded to spend most of his life in Vienna where he created many seminal works from his 'gold phase'. He passed away in February, 1918.
Vienna's anniversary celebration will include a Gustav Klimt exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum - featuring 13 important works by the painter, mainly focusing on his early stylistic tone.
The Leopold Museum in Vienna's MusuemsQuartier will also be hanging major works by Klimt. The exhibit is set to include personal artifacts from the painter, including some prolific written correspondence to his lifelong companion Emilie Floge.
Finally, the Albertina, a research centre for Gustav Klimt's work as a draftsman, will put the majority of the works from its 170-piece collection on display to give an unparalleled overview of all the artist's stylistic phases. The pieces from the Albertina's holdings will be joined by various loan exhibits in a special 150th anniversary show called Klimt - Drawings.
The 2012 Gustav Klimt anniversary looks set to be an unmissable event in the European arts calander for 2012