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I love Art, I love going to exhibitions, and I love paintings as well as sculptures.
The one place I really wanted to visit after Schönbrunn Palace was the Belvedere Museum.
The Belvedere itself is already a wonderful place: a historic Baroque building consisting of two palaces, the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. Something big, pompous, shining, and tidy at the same time.
But that’s not all.
The Belvedere hosts a very interesting museum of Fine Arts, the Austrian Gallery of Belvedere.
The collection is very extensive, and summarises the Austrian artistic movements and trends in both the Lower and Upper Belvedere.
The most interesting part, in my opinion, is the part of the collection dedicated to modern art of the 19th and 20th century.
Among the “big Austrian names” there are Schiele, Kokoschka, or Klimt (to whom is dedicated a wide section).
Not to forget that the 19th-20th century galleries include international art pieces by for instance Renoir or Monet.
Just like in (almost) any other Fine Arts museum, people are not allowed to take photos or to make videos, so you’ll have to go there and see how splendid those works of art are.
Oskar Kokoschka is among my favourite painters, but I have to say, I would have never expected to be so emotional in front of his paintings.
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt was also breathtaking, so were many other paintings at the Belvedere Museum.
Of course the location of the museum itself is amazing. I won’t stay here and write about its history, but being in there, in the Marble Room, or walking in the gardens, is an experience that one can’t easily dislike.