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The story of Hans Makart


If you have lived in Vienna long enough or you are just interested in art or architecture, it is likely that you have come across the names Wagner, Klimt, Schiele, and Hansen. But there are, of course, other more “obscure” names that used to ring more than one bell back in the day, but are…

Mark Rothko at the KHM


The Kunsthistorisches Museum has changed gears and is now spoiling art lovers with something slightly unexpected: an exhibition dedicated to the great American artist Mark Rothko. There is an explanation for having a master of Abstract Expressionism among the Rembrandts and the Bruegels of the Kunsthistorisches, if anybody needs it. And it has to do…

Vlad Dracul


Count Dracula (made famous also by subsequent movie adaptations) fired so strongly people’s imagination that for many it is difficult now to separate him from Vlad Dracul, the ruler of Wallachia –  a small province in what is now Romania – who was used by Bram Stoker as a light source of inspiration (he borrowed…

Maximilian I, 1459 – 1519 – another visit in Kunsthistorisches Museum

City Tour of Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien is among the best art museums in the world, hosting the 4th largest collection of paintings, the largest collection of Egyptian papyri, art objects from Greek, Roman, Etruscan and other early cultures, as well as the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nations, Austria, Hungary, Sicily. As most…

Climbing Up to Klimt

Secret Vienna Tours

It has been almost exactly 100 years since Gustav Klimt died on February 6, 1918, but he has remained one of Vienna’s most famous and talked about artists. Some of his most well-known paintings can of course be found in the Belvedere and Leopold Museum, but the Jugendstil style for which he is primarily known…