Klimt and Antiquity

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Klimt and Antiquity

23 June, 2017 to 08 October, 2017


Lower Belvedere / Orangery
6 Rennweg, Wien, Wien 1030

This exhibition explores the fascinating dialogue between Gustav Klimt’s work and classical art. A selection of examples from the artist’s oeuvre illustrates a fundamental shift in his understanding of antiquity. Whereas his early work, influenced by Historicism, reveals an interest in the details of classical art, after 1900 he translated the spirit of antiquity into his own formal language. The exhibition illustrates this development through juxtaposing Klimt’s work with classical vase painting and casts of sculptures that inspired the artist.