Today I spent most of the day in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which contains a massive collection of paintings, as well as Greek, Roman and Egyptian artifacts. It also has a signficant treasury, but that is not presently on display. What impressed me the most about the museum was how logically it was organized and the beauty of the building itself. In particular, sections of the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian wing are arranged really beautifully and are in sumptuous rooms clearly decorated for their contents.
In the painting galleries I found a set of paintings I really enjoyed which were portraits, but not really, using the seasons or the elements as the theme. Two of these paintings have been conscripted into the museum’s special exhibition where an artist created an exhibition from the Museum’s collections. The museum as a whole showed this tendency to integrate modern artists into their regular exhibits and I have not decided how I feel about it. On the one hand, good for keeping things moving and contemporary, on the other, get that funny looks model-thing out of my Egyptian exhibit.
Klimt and his brother contributed to the decoration of the stairwell and it was really gorgeous. They painted figures that represent the various periods of art the Museum has in their galleries. This museum also had fabulous Caravaggios, a Murillo and a wide variety of other important painters. My ticket here also let me wander through a musical instrument, arms and armor, and another Greek museum, which was quite fun.