After enjoying the Egon Schiele exhibit I went upstairs at the Leopold for a special exhibition of the art owned by Heidi Horten. Who? You might say. Well Heidi is a billionaire following her marriage to the much older Herr Horten who owned one of the biggest department stores in Austria. When he died she inherited his wealth – she is a billionaire – and invested some of the money into an impressive art collection some of which was on show at the Leopold. As you will see from the artists below she had a fair bit of cash to spend and I think acquired a lot of the art in one go from London auctioneers.
A selection of Chagall, Magritte, Matisse and Freud.
And then a sprinkling of Picasso’s, Warhol and Nara
One of the great things about my visits to Germany and Austria has been the access to more artists from this part of the world. Below is Marc (the deer)| and then a few years later Roy Lichtenstein does a homage to his work in his own style. Below are Pechstein and Jawlensky – I love these works
I thought I might have been Museumed out in Munich but then I realised what amazing ones there are in Vienna – so a long day one was spent at the Lower and Upper Belvedere and then the Albertina.
The lower and Upper Belvedere were former imperial palaces so cover a vast area with pretty gardens separating the two main buildings and they have impressive interiors including the state rooms.
However it is the art collections that most people want to see at the Belvedere especially the Klimt paintings (including The Kiss) and also the works of Egon Schieler. Here are some samples of the Klimt paintings
Then on to the Albertina which is the main 19th and 20th century art gallery. Excellent collection of a wide variety of well known favourites. Unusual to find a portrait of a chef by Monet though!
Had to kick start my energy levels with a stop at the Hotel Sacher cafe for a piece of their extremely well known cake with whipped cream of course!
And then dinner at a local restaurant with my friend Klaudia who is kindly hosting me while I am here