- Hatje Cantz
- Classical Modern Art
Die Sammlung des Wien Museums
Edited by Wien Museum, Ursula Storch, texts by Marian Bisanz-Prakken, Brigitte Borchardt-Birbaumer, William M. Johnston, Kerstin Krenn, Sophie Lille, Ursula Storch, graphic design by Perndl+Co Design
2012. 304 pp., 498 color ills.
25.40 x 28.60 cm
| Celebrating the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt: survey of a huge collection
| Imposing publication and inexhaustible treasure trove for every lover of art
In celebration of the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) the Vienna Museum is presenting the first catalogue of its complete collection of the artist’s works. The world’s largest collection of Klimt’s drawings—around 400—provides an overview of thematic groups such as the Secession, sketches of the Faculty Paintings, or the nudes. In addition the book features a few paintings, including the portrait of Emilie Flöge (1902). It is one of Klimt’s most famous paintings, and the first portrait of a woman in which the ornamentation in and of itself becomes a focal point. Last, but not least, there posters and prints that Klimt designed for the Viennese Secession, including a number of original drafts, as well as the first prints. The collection also contains unique memorabilia, such as the artist’s smock, his death mask, and even a drawing by Egon Schiele of Klimt’s body. Also featured are rare vintage prints of early portrait photographs and sculptures.
Exhibition schedule: Vienna Museum, Vienna, May 16–September 16, 2012