Klimt. The Wien Museum Collection

Wien Museum, Vienna

Until 16 September 2012

Fragment of the exhibition © Hertha Hurnaus, Wien Museum

The Klimt Collection at Wien Museum is the biggest and most varied of its kind in the world. Incorporating all the periods of his work, the collection spans from his days as a student and his first major commissions in the 1880s, right up to a year before his death in 1918, including two of his absolute masterpieces: the painting, Pallas Athene, and the portrait of Emilie Flöge. Above all, the collection includes some 400 drawings, as well as rarities like the scandalous poster for the first exhibition of the Secession, Klimt’s work tunic, precious prints, vintage prints of portraits, his death mask, and Egon Schiele’s drawing of the artist on his death-bed.