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The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna Builds
a Bridge to Great Works of Art by Gustav Klimt

See Gustav Klimt’s magnificent paintings close-up – a unique opportunity for Klimt fans!

Weighing four tons, the Klimt Bridge was specially built for Klimt Year 2012; it offers visitors a close-up view of the exceptional wall paintings executed by this celebrated Art Nouveau artist in the . As a young artist Klimt executed a series of thirteen magnificent pictures high up above the main staircase – between the columns and above the arcades – that are all still in pristine condition.

In 1890, a year before the formal opening of the Imperial Museum of Fine Art, three young artists - Gustav Klimt, his younger brother Ernst and a friend, Franz Matsch – were commissioned to execute the series depicting important periods of art.

Details of selected Klimt paintings over the staircase at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Left: Ancient Greece II (Pallas Athena), picture decorating a spandrel on the north wall of the Main Staircase of the Kunsthistorisches Museum 1890/91
© Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

Right: Ancient Egypt I, picture decorating a spandrel on the north wall of the Main Staircase of the Kunsthistorisches Museum  1890/91 © Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

Gustav Klimt painted the art of ancient Egypt and of ancient Greece: these paintings in the Staircase of the Kunsthistorisches Museum brilliantly document the evolution of the celebrated decorative-ornamental style of his later works.

Klimt cleverly used the narrow spaces between the columns and above the arcades in the sumptuously-appointed Staircase for his compositions. His technical virtuosity is equally astounding: the canvases were glued to the wall and are all still in pristine condition – after 120 years.

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