Step into the pulsating world of cabarets, clubs, and cafés at the Lower Belvedere and Orangery. This dazzling exhibition pulls you into the art and culture of the 1880s through to the 1960s, and sheds light on some of history's most interesting alternative scenes as seen through modern art history.
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Let's hear it for Elena Luksch-Makowsky, one of the central protagonists of the Viennese Modernism period. Works by Luksch-Makowsky were fascinating the masses in all major Viennese art institutions and media at the beginning of the 20th century. This included the likes of Ver Sacrum (the official magazine of the Vienna Secession), the highly influential Wiener Werkstätte, and Galerie Miethke which was at the forefront of the Viennese avant-garde movement.
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Go beneath the many layers of Gustav Klimt. Thanks to a combination of historic research on his style and method, and technological analysis of his paintings, visitors can get closer to understanding the artist's mind.
See X-rays and infrared images of his original works, learn what materials he used, and find out where he drew inspiration from in this limited-time exhibit.
Look up 'baroque majesty' in the dictionary and you'll find a picture of Belvedere Palace. A whirlwind of architectural beauty, timeless art, and charming manicured gardens that frame the Viennese skyline, the Belvedere is a total must for culture lovers searching for the magic of Vienna. Come face to face with Gustav Klimt's masterpiece The Kiss, one of the world's most iconic paintings, plus countless other priceless treasures.
Belvedere Palace is actually split into two buildings, Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere, separated by a spectacular courtyard of romantic manicured gardens.
Depending on your schedule, you can choose a ticket to see either building or both. Or, go the whole hog and feed your appetite for world-class art with an all-inclusive Belvedere Ticket, which includes the nearby Belvedere 21 Museum of Contemporary Art.
Highlights are the collection of masterpieces from the Middle Ages and baroque eras. The collection of 19th- and 20th-century art includes impressionist works from Monet, Van Gogh, and the world's largest collection of Austria's own Gustav Klimt (including his famous Art Nouveau masterwork The Kiss).
Highlights include the spectacular two-story Marble Hall, with oval-shaped plaster medallions depicting the god Apollo. The Marble Gallery hosts ancient and baroque sculptures, while the Grotesque Hall features visceral and haunting artworks that'll stick with you.
The light-drenched modernist building is home to wonderful experimental exhibitions from Viennese and international artists that will make you double take every time.
If you have a Klimt ticket, start at Lower Belvedere (where the lines for the cloakroom are shorter and lockers are available), then visit Upper Belvedere. You can pick up your bags from Lower Belvedere on your way to Vienna city center.
Go to the group desk (Upper Belvedere building) and swap your printed voucher for a paper ticket for the next available timeslot.
Tickets for Belvedere Palace