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Gustav Klimt in Rome: “There’s always hope”

Vita Gazette- Italy was for Gustav Klimt a land of professional successes. The great artist returns to Rome more than a century after his participation in the 1911 International Art Exhibition. The great exhibition on Klimt with over 200 of his works on display, can be visited in Rome from 27 October 2021 to 27 March 2022 at Palazzo Braschi. The title of the exhibition is “Klimt. The Secession and Italy”.

The famous Austrian artist, animator of that revolution which was the so-called Viennese Secession, in 1903 made two trips to Ravenna which was the so-called Viennese Secession, in 1903 he made two trips to Ravenna which were fundamental for his formation. In his eyes, Ravenna still appeared “very miserable”, perhaps in comparison with the great European cultural capital Klimt that must have been Vienna in those years. But what really interested him about the trip were the mosaic tiles of the monuments: “of incredible splendor”. The heart of Ravenna was stolen precisely by the artistic and expressive grandeur of the splendid mosaics. The artist was a true connoisseur: when he was a boy he had learned to master the secrets of mosaic art at the Austrian school of arts and crafts. The gold of the Ravenna mosaics must also have aroused the memory of the activity of his father and brother, who were goldsmiths by profession. The discovery of Ravenna was so important to him …

With the two trips to Ravenna, Klimt began writing a fundamental chapter of his artistic career, the so-called Golden Period. The golden reflections of the Ravenna mosaics inspired the most grandiose paintings of those years, such as the famous Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer from 1907 where the rosy female figure seems to free herself with a sigh from the golden two-dimensional world that forms the background.

Do you remember? The mosaics, the decorations behind her and those of her dress? Many see her as a Theodora! In addition to this painting, the influences of Klimt’s visit to Ravenna can be found in many others: do you perhaps remember The Kiss?

The exhibition dedicated to the well-known Austrian artist retraces the stages of the entire artistic parable of Gustav Klimt, his “public” aspect, in the role of co-founder of the Viennese Secession, but also his private aspect, investigating the artist’s relationship with Italy, telling us about his travels and his exhibition successes.

What works are exhibited?

Visiting the exhibition dedicated to Gustav Klimt you will be able to admire some of his masterpieces from the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, from the Klimt Foundation and from public and private collections such as the Neue Galerie Graz.

The works on display are over 200, including paintings, drawings, period posters and sculptures by Klimt and the artists of his circle.

Information for visiting Klimt’s exhibition

To visit the Klimt. The Secession and Italy you have to go to Rome, to Palazzo Braschi.

For further information, on opening hours and visits, prices and reservations, visit the website

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