"Klimt and Schiele: The Leopold museum" Leopold Museum Tip by Ekaterinburg
Leopold Museum, Vienna: 11 reviews and 22 photos
The Leopold museum is based on the extensive art collection of Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold and was established in 2001. It's a modern building, light, airy and easy to navigate. No matter which temporary exhibition is running, most people come here to see the works of Austria's finest Expressionist and Secessionist painters, Schiele and Klimt. In truth, the Klimt is sparse to say the least but it does have the amazing 'Life and Death' which makes a trip here worthwhile all on it's own. This is not as famous as 'The Kiss' but it is every bit as colourful and dramatic and much more detailed. There are several rooms of Schiele's work and some of it is very dark indeed. His mother and child pictures I found particularly disturbing : Mother and Child; Dead Mother; Blind Mother - all frankly, scary ! The German Expressionist Exhibition, running during my trip in December was absolutely spectacular, with paintings and sculpture by such greats as Franz Marc, Kirchner, August Macke and Kandinsky.
Comfort Note: The Leopold provides gold velvet seats to rest your weary bones on. Very comfortable indeed.
To see more Klimt, including 'The Kiss' you must go to the Belvedere Palace in the 3rd District.
Directions: Cross the road behind the Kunsthistoriche museum and you will come to the Museum Quarter.The Leopold is directly opposite the arch when you enter the platz
Phone: 43 1 525 70 0
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