The Republic of Austria has acquired over 37,000 works of art since 1948, including early works by now-established artists as well as some very contemporary pieces. The Artothek des Bundes collects and administers these works, thereby providing a comprehensive documentation of modern and contemporary Austrian art. In 2012 the Belvedere took over the administration of the collection, now located at the Belvedere 21. Selected works are presented to the public in exhibitions or are on permanent loan in Austrian museums.
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.