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Our second visit to the wonderful city of Vienna coincided with the centenary of the deaths of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele marked by several exhibitions. Egon Schiele died very young and his exhibition at the Belvedere Palace is a poignant journey through his brief but dramatic career.
The most famous painting in the Palace is Klimt’s Kiss which has acquired a ‘Mona Lisa-type’ notoriety and unfortunately is always surrounded by eager photographers rather than connoisseurs.
However, the main cultural event in Vienna this autumn is a historic exhibition of Pieter Bruegel at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Three quarters of his oeuvre is on display in a beautifully designed show which feels strangely luxurious despite his earthy medieval subject matter.
Vienna boasts many gorgeous Art Nouveau buildings, most notably Karlplatz Station and the Secession Building, rechristened the Ferrero Rocher building by one wag because of its golden sphere. This year’s trip included photography students as well as Fine Artists and as we walked everywhere, they could enjoy and record the city’s photogenic vistas and skyline.