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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 Gustav Klimt that adorns the spaces between the columns and above the arcades in the Main Staircase, some 12 m above the Entrance Hall.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death you have the opportunity to admire these unique paintings close-up. A huge four-tonne bridge is to be erected to span the entire Main Staircase and provide access to the paintings. The series of paintings depicts the main eras in art history. It was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph I and was created in collaboration with Franz Matsch and Klimt’s brother Ernst.

As large parts of Gustav Klimt’s early works were destroyed by fire during the final days of the war in 1945, these stunning paintings preserved at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna are all that remains of his early oeuvre.

Further, one of Gustav Klimt’s key works dating from the founding of the Vienna Secession, his famous painting entitled Nuda Veritas is to go on show at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna.


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.

special exhibition „Bruegel“
Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu, until 9 p.m.

Admission till half an hour before closing time.

August 15, 2018: openHoliday opening hours

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