Monday, April 2, 2012

DBSB '12: Leopold Museum

On the morning of the 11th, I woke up very confused as to where I was. When I finally worked it out, I ran to the window and was greeted with this.

The weather didn't really change much while we were there. Eventually, we made it downstairs to breakfast, and what a glorious sight that was.

Disappointing pudding was disappointing. We then managed to make it to MuseumsQuartier, which is basically a cultural center with museums, restaurants, cafes, and shops.

And then we saw it.

The Leopold Museum is based on the collection of Rudolf Leopold, an Austrian art collector, who owned some 5,000 works of art. These were later purchased by the Austrian government in 1994 for the purpose of creating the museum, which opened in 2001.

It contains works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl, and Albin Egger-Lienz, as well as a collection of objects from Africa, Oceania, and Ancient China and Japan.

More importantly, it contains the world's largest collection of Egon Schiele works, which is the primary reason we visited.

A letter from Klimt to Emilie Louise Flöge, his life companion. I should note that I got yelled at for taking this picture. Apparently the particular room we were in didn't allow photos because it was a temporary exhibition, though it wasn't really labeled anywhere.

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