My Favourite Museum in the World
The Kiss, Gustav Klimt
It takes a lot for me to get teary, but the Belvedere Museum in Vienna has gotten me dewey-eyed twice. Home of Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’, I’ve been lucky enough to visit this extraordinary palace slash museum on two occasions.
The Belvedere complex comprises of two palaces (the Upper and the Lower) along with the Orangery and the stables. It’s in the Upper where you’ll find an overview of Austria’s art history, including the world’s largest collection of Klimt paintings and work from Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. Oh, the Upper also features international artists such as Van Gogh and Monet. No biggie.
The Lower Belvedere shows temporary exhibitions, ranging from retrospectives to contemporary works. And you don’t want to miss the baroque-at-its-best Gold cabinet room (a prime spot for a sneaky #selfie).
There’s something so special about this place. Not only is the collection incredible, but the buildings themselves are works of art too. The immaculately manicured garden, in all its classical French style glory, ain’t too shabby either.
For me, the bulk of its charm lies in the permanent collection in the Upper Palace. Standing in front of ‘This Kiss’ for a good half hour was a definite life highlight. Klimt is my favourite artist, and seeing his otherworldly artwork, funnily enough, is a fortifying thumbs up for life on earth.