The Museum

The Belvedere in Vienna is one of the leading museums worldwide. Its famous art collection includes works ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. Austrian art in an international context is presented in three locations.  Highlights include the world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings as well as prominent works from the periods of Viennese Biedermeier, Austrian Baroque, Vienna around 1900, and French Impressionism. The institution's central tasks focus on exhibiting, researching, collecting, communicating, and preserving. Ongoing advancements and digitalization in all areas ensures the Belvedere’s significance as an outstanding museum of the future.

Obere Belvedere
Foto: Ouriel Morgensztern, © Belvedere, Wien

Who we are. What we want. What we do.

Belvedere: A museum that matters

The preservation of heritage and embrace of the new.

The Belvedere is a World Heritage Site, a Baroque jewel, and the site of the Austrian State Treaty. It is both one of the oldest museums in the world and a venue for contemporary art. As one of the largest cultural institutions in the country and an Austrian landmark, we are faced with the challenge of evolving amidst the differing priorities of cultural and scientific demands, loyalty to the local community and tourism. While we follow our mission to preserve the past, we also seek to break new ground. We stand as a mediator of history and as an inconvenient interrogator of the present. We are the country's cultural hub of international standing, and exist in the transnational digital space.

 

The Belvedere is a museum of influence, a museum of relevance.

A museum of relevance has a presence in people’s minds and hearts. It is a point of reference in a disorienting present. A historical constant, it links the past with the future. It is independent. It sees itself as a learning and teaching organization. A museum of relevance takes a stand on contemporary issues and social policy. It raises its voice for art and its democratizing potential. It takes responsibility for ecological concerns about the planet. Its contribution to the development of society promotes social justice. Its attitude sets an example, its voice is heard.

Art is for everyone.

Culture is not a luxury for the so-called elite, but the foundation of a free society. Our exhibitions, educational programs, events, and digital content cater to a broad, diverse public, that is, everyone. We communicate in a credible, understandable, and interactive way, addressing real-life topics and current issues. For our visitors, this opens new perspectives and broadens the scope of action. They leave the museum richer for having entered.

 

The Belvedere is a place of engagement.

We are curious to see how our work is perceived and eager to learn from visitors and different communities. We provide a setting to bring people together. The diversity of our local community and the internationality of our visitors are reflected in – besides the Belvedere team itself – our exhibitions, in the topics we explore, and in our programs, which are driven by an equal appreciation for all.

 

Art, research, and education are our core domains.

The collection is at the heart of our work. Our mission is to bring historical art into the present by recognizing and conveying each work as an expression of an astute and creative contemporaneity. Respect and appreciation are the hallmarks of our collaboration with contemporary artists, as is our commitment to communicating their work in the best way possible. As scholars, we operate within networks. We share our knowledge, openly discuss research results, and learn from these exchanges.

 

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Sustainability Strategy

Photo: Eva Würdinger / Belvedere, Vienna

Belvedere: a museum that cares for sustainability matters

At the Belvedere we strive to incorporate the Four Pillars of Sustainability—environmental, economic, social, and cultural responsibility—into the very fabric of our work.

The museum’s sustainability strategy is based on the UN’s Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, the government’s Agenda 2030, and the criteria of the Austrian Ecolabel.

A key aim is to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Regarding CO2 offsetting, we actively support approved projects with high environmental and social benefits. Where possible we collaborate with local initiatives.

In the fields of environmental and social responsibility, we focus on the careful use of resources. We promote the usage of environmentally friendly, socially fair products. We aim to re-use rather than to throw away. This includes donating surplus materials to charities and having equipment repaired by companies with an eco-social approach.

We demonstrate economic responsibility through procurement processes geared toward sustainability. These follow the best bidder principle, taking environmental and social factors into account. When selecting our suppliers, their social and environmental standards are key considerations.

As a certified venue for “Green Events,” we guarantee functions and events of the highest quality using sustainable products and demonstrating environmental responsibility.

We promote social responsibility in our education programs by stimulating discussion on sustainable living.

The Belvedere—a museum that sets the wheels of change in motion—and its visitors and staff thus make a valuable contribution to an environmentally secure and livable world.

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History

Architecture

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