Klimt and Antiquity - Erotic Encounters

23.06.2017 - 08.10.2017

in short

Spanning geography and time, this exhibition explores the fascinating dialogue between Gustav Klimt and classical art. The starting point for this unusual juxtaposition is Klimt’s illustrations for “Dialogues of the Courtesans” by Lucian (c. 120–185 A.D.).
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Visitor entrance

Lower Belvedere
Rennweg 6
1030 Vienna

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in detail

Published in 1907, this erotic compilation represents a perfect pairing of Klimt’s risqué drawings with Josef Hoffmann’s Wiener Werkstätte design, arguably resulting in European Jugendstil’s most beautiful book. One particular focus of the exhibition is to compare the red- and black-figure Attic vases dating from the fifth century with Klimt’s linear art. Although separated by over two millennia, these reveal surprising correlations, unveiling new perspectives on how the greatest artist of Viennese Jugendstil appreciated antiquity.

The exhibition is a cooperation with the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
Standard: 11 EUR
Studenten (bis 26), Students (0-26 years): 8,50 EUR
Senioren ab 60, Senior citizens: 8,50 EUR
Kinder und Jugendliche (bis 18), Children & teenagers (0-18 years): free
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