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2017: Stairway to Klimt

Stairway to Klimt

February 13 – September 2, 2018

Enjoy a dizzying close-up view of the magnificent cycle of paintings by the young Klimt. The grandiose series of 13 superbly preserved paintings by Gustav Klimt decorates the spaces between the columns and above the arcades in the Main Staircase, about 12 m above the sumptuous Entrance Hall.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Klimt you will have the opportunity to view these unique paintings close up between 13 February 2018 and 2 September 2018. A massive 4-tonne bridge will be spanned across the Main Staircase to enable you to reach the paintings more than 12 metres above the Entrance Hall of the museum.

The young artist Gustav Klimt and his fellow painters were commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph I to paint this magnificent series of paintings to give visitors an understanding of the main eras of art history by depicting them with symbolic figures. These paintings are landmark pieces in his world-famous œuvre around and after 1900.

As most of Gustav Klimt’s early works were destroyed by fire and thus irrevocably lost in the final days of World War II in 1945, these impressive paintings that have been preserved in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien are all that is left.


Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien

Opening hours
June to August
Daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

September to May
Tue – Sun, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Admission till half an hour before closing time.

Open daily in December!

Holiday opening hours

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