Gustav Klimt’s name is indelibly associated with Vienna and its art. He was born, lived, worked and died in the city.
Discover the best places to see his paintings and other creations. Use the map and slideshow to find the locations relevant to his life and work, including his studios, grave and final residence.
Where to see Klimt’s works
This museum focuses on the work of Schiele, but also features a gallery dedicated to Klimt. It has, for example, some of the postcards he wrote and a reproduction of his studio. Works owned by the Leopold collection include Death and Life and Attersee.
The Wien Museum (i.e. Museum of Vienna) has the time around 1900 as one of its artistic focal points. This naturally includes Klimt, represented, for example, in his 1902 portrait of Emilie Flöge. There were three other paintings on display when I visited: Love (1895), Portrait of an Unknown Woman (1894) and Pallas Athena (1898)
The Albertina museum has more art than you can shake a paintbrush at, but most of it is kept in storage. Their Klimt collection covers a vast number of drawings, but you may only be able to see Nymphs / Silver fish in its permanent exhibition. Anything more depends on their current exhibitions – you may get lucky.
Gustav Klimt, Ernst Klimt (his brother) and Franz Matsch called themselves the “company of artists”. The public commission that really established their careers was a cycle of ceiling paintings for the two decorative staircases in the Burgtheater in 1887.
You don’t have to see a play to get inside the building – there are guided tours, too.
This is a summer residence built in the 1880s for Empress Elisabeth and now open to the public. Klimt worked with his brother and Matsch on ceiling paintings you can view in the Empress’s bedroom and salon.
The art history museum is perhaps better known for its Titians and Tintorettos, but the Klimts and Matsch were commissioned to contribute to the decorative paintings around the huge main staircase. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a temporary stairs that lets you get up close to Klimt’s work.
This was the exhibition building of the famous Secession group of artists co-founded by Klimt. Today, it is a contemporary art gallery and home to the Beethovenfries, a huge wall painting completed by Klimt for the 1902 Beethoven Exhibition.
Klimt’s studios, grave, etc.
The slideshow features some of the main addresses relevant to Klimt’s life (and death) in Vienna. The only place you can actually go into is the Klimt Villa (his final studio, which he used from 1911 to 1918).
Klimt was born at Linzer Strasse 247 in what is now Vienna’s 14th district. Unfortunately, nothing remains of the original house.
His final residence was on Westbahnstraße 36 in the 7th district (there’s a plaque outside the building to commemorate it). There he suffered a stroke and was taken to the old general hospital on Alser Straße in the 9th district.
He died on February 6th, 1918. The old hospital is now university buildings, bars and shops (and home to a Christmas market).
Other key addresses:
- Stuckgasse 6 (early studio before the “company of artists” was founded in 1883)
- Sandwirtgasse 8 (first joint studio with Ernst Klimt and Franz Matsch)
- Josefstädter Straße 21 (joint garden studio with the same, which Klimt continued to use after the company ended in 1892)
- Florianigasse 54 (attic studio Klimt rented for completing the controversial Faculty Paintings that were allegedly destroyed by fire at the end of WWII)
- Feldmühlgasse 11 (now open to the public as the Klimt Villa)
- Burggasse 47 (residence prior to Westbahnstraße)
- Neubaugasse 54 (lived here during his childhood)
- Case Piccola, Mariahilfer Straße 1a (the floor above the coffee house was taken up by the fashion house co-run by Emilie Flöge, Klimt’s “life companion”)
- Maxingstraße 15 (Hietzinger Cemetery and home to Klimt’s grave. He has a well-kept honorary grave (Number 194/195) in Group 5, near to the famous Schönbrunn palace grounds)
If it doesn’t display properly, see here.