Ongoing

Permanent Collection

The Belvedere's world-famous collection: landmark pieces of Viennese Modernism by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, and Helene Funke await you. Take a fresh look at the most comprehensive collection of paintings by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller and the Viennese Biedermeier and discover gems of Austrian art from the Middle Ages and the Baroque – come face-to-face, for example, with the legendary "Character Heads" of F. X. Messerschmidt. Other highlights are works by pivotal artists such as Claude Monet, Elena Luksch-Makowsky, Vincent van Gogh, or Auguste Rodin presented in dialogue with contemporary perspectives.

The permanent collection, set amidst the Baroque splendor of the Upper Belvedere, presents Austrian art – works by the medieval painter Rueland Frueauf the Elder; the icons of Viennese Modernism Gustav Klimt, Broncia Koller-Pinell, Egon Schiele, and Helene Funke; and Expressionist pioneers such as Oskar Kokoschka, among others – side by side with works of international artists of their time. Treasures of the collection are showcased in ever-changing combinations, drawing exciting comparisons between paintings and sculptures in the context of their own times or against the art of other epochs.  
A special show on the second floor is dedicated to the Biedermeier period in Vienna – highlighting the world's largest collection of paintings by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller in a historical and sociopolitical context.

 

Highlights

Exhibited Artworks

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Please note:
Gustav Klimt's Judith will not be on display at the museum until mid-April 2022. This painting and other works from the permanent collection have been included in the exhibition Klimt. La Secessione e l'Italia at the Museo di Roma, Italy. Four of F. X. Messerschmidt's "Character Heads" can be found on the first floor.

Tickets

Regular
Regular
€ 15,90 instead of € 18,00 on site
Seniors over 65
Seniors over 65
€ 13,40 instead of € 15,50 on site
Students under 26
Students under 26
€ 13,40 instead of € 15,50 on site
Children and youth under 19
Children and youth under 19
€ 0,00
Visitors with a valid Vienna City Card
Visitors with a valid Vienna City Card
€ 14,50
Visitors with a Disability Card / Assistance
Visitors with a Disability Card / Assistance
€ 3,00
Groups of 10 or more visitors
Groups of 10 or more visitors
€ 15,90

Upper Belvedere

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday
10 am - 6 pm
Address

Upper Belvedere
Prinz Eugen-Straße 27
1030 Vienna
Austria

Impressions

Themed Galleries

Four thematically organized galleries enliven the path through the chronologically arranged periods of art in the permanent collection. They focus on issues concerning Austria, its history, and its identity. Conceived as a deliberate pause, they provide an opportunity to engage with Austria's art and history over the course of different epochs.

 

Austrian Baroque

The Baroque shaped Austria's image even into the 20th century and served as a source of identity during periods of political consolidation, such as after both World Wars. Art from the Baroque era is, to some extent, purposefully used to support the state in a representative function. The search for a genuine Austrian Baroque, however, must fail: art in the 17th and 18th centuries was marked by an intense international exchange.

 

Habsburg – Myth and Truth

Until 1918, the Habsburgs ranked among the most powerful dynasties in Europe and served as emperors of the Holy Roman Empire for centuries, giving rise to many legends. Particularly in the 19th century, myths surrounding the Habsburgs flourished. Portraits such as those from Leopold I to Franz II (I) illustrate just how much the rulers themselves were interested in "image."

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Austria on the Move

At the end of the 19th century, the Austro-Hungarian Empire witnessed dramatic transformations: railways and steamboats allowed for unprecedented mobility, industrial plants replaced cottage industries, and cities evolved into metropolises. Artists took a proactive role in this process of change. After World War II, abstraction was synonymous with democracy and freedom. Hundertwasser, in turn, countered this rational modernism with ecological art.

 

Austria in Exile 
Artists in Exile – Destinies in Dark Times

World War I and the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire marked the beginning of significant migrations that also impacted the lives of many artists. The establishment of the First Republic in 1918/19 was accompanied by social and economic crises. This situation was further exacerbated by the establishment of the Austro-Fascist Corporate State in 1934. Due to difficult working conditions, many left Vienna before they were forced into exile by the German annexation of Austria in 1938.

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Augmented Reality

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Discover Egon Schiele in the permanent collection of the Upper Belvedere – virtually – via mobile phone app: Eight works of the globally renowned Austrian painter have been given an additional digital image layer through Augmented Reality that lets you peek into the secrets behind the works of art. Experience spectacular x-ray, infrared, and macro images that were developed by the Belvedere restoration department. You will now be able to experience these Schiele paintings in a revealing new way: Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, Edith Schiele; Death and Maiden; Façade of a House; Portrait of Dr. Hugo Koller; Embrace; Mother with Two Children III; Portrait of Eduard Kosmack; and City on the Blue River II – with others to come. The works can be identified by symbols on the wall, and the application is explained through signs on site. The augmented reality program is being continuously updated to include additional pictures from the permanent collection.

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CARLONE CONTEMPORARY / IN-SIGHT

 
Exhibition view "Volkmar Klien. Anschwellen - Abschwellen"
Photo: Johannes Stoll / Belvedere, Vienna
Exhibition view "Art of the World in the Belvedere Collection"
Photo: Johannes Stoll / Belvedere, Vienna

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Accompanying the redisplay of the collection, contemporary art will be introduced to the Baroque Carlone Hall in six-monthly shows. These will engage with the mythological pictorial programme and build a bridge between the art of the old masters and the present. The museum thus questions itself and is repositioned as a place of inspiration, reflection, and experience.

 

Current exhibition

 

IN-SIGHT is a series of temporary exhibitions held three times a year at the Upper Belvedere to highlight specific aspects of the museum’s collection. The public is presented with works of art in the context of new scholarly research.

 

Current exhibition

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Videos

 

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Smartify

Explore the exhibition with Smartify

Unleash the stories behind the works with our Smartify app.

Here's how it works:

  • Go to Apple or Android webstores to download the app for free.

  • Open the app and hold your smartphone camera up to the artworks to ‘scan’ them.

  • Download the audio tour directly to your smartphone by using the in-app purchase function.

Have fun!

 

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Exhibited Artworks

Location Map

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