On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Klimt Museum and the 160th birthday of Gustav Klimt, the Klimt Foundation curates the current anniversary show under the motto "A summer like back then". Gustav Klimt at the Attersee 1900-1916.
This wording awakens special thoughts in many people and in each of us probably vacation memories, thoughts of a world before the pandemic or longings for a past, cherished moment.
For Gustav Klimt's seventeen-year summer sojourns here at Lake Attersee, the region was a place of longing and a pleasant memory of relaxing, inspiring and artistic visits. Dive with us into Klimt's past summers, into a world of established summer resorts in the Salzkammergut, accompanied by cultural tourism and infrastructure milestones. The journey to the vacation destination, sporting activities on the water or on land, bathing and leisure fashion, architecture and furnishings, impressions of nature and excursion destinations, as well as, of course, the weather or the cuisine must not be missing from this vacation list. Authentic quotes from Gustav Klimt navigate you through the exhibition themes.
Comparable to Claude Monet’s Giverny, Paul Cézanne’s Provence and Egon Schiele’s Krumau, the Attersee was a place of unique artistic activity for Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). The world-renowned artist regularly spent the summer months between 1900 and 1916 in this region, preferably holidaying on the turquoise lake with his life partner Emilie Flöge (1874-1952).
Already in 1883 a travel guide on the Attersee mentioned that one would have to be a “highly capable painter”, if one wanted to “come close to determining the colors of the lake”. In 1900 Gustav Klimt managed to capture the shades of the Attersee so masterfully in a painting that the art critic Ludwig Hevesi called it a “frame full of lake water”. Gustav Klimt would ultimately be inspired by the Attersee to create the vast majority of his more than 50 known landscapes, which continue to delight art enthusiasts from all over the world.
In 2003 an Artist Trail was dedicated to the famous holiday guest in the Salzkammergut, while the Gustav Klimt Center opened in 2012 in Kammer-Schörfling in close proximity to the avenue of Schloss Kammer once painted by Klimt. In 2019, the Klimt Garden was opened in the immediate vicinity of the museum.
A visit to the Klimt Center, a walk along the Klimt Artist Trail or a boat ride on the Attersee will allow you to retrace Klimt’s steps and explore his impressive motifs on land or from the lake.