Klimt Foundation launches the Salon Gustav Klimt lecture series

Anna Krieger: Gustav Klimt with friends, presumably circa 1899, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Bildarchiv und Grafiksammlung
© Bildarchiv und Grafiksammlung, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

At the invitation of the Klimt Foundation, renowned scholars from Austria and abroad will present the latest research findings on Gustav Klimt and fin-de-siècle Vienna in the Salon Gustav Klimt discourse format from March 2023. Klimt's diverse networks with the artists of his time contributed significantly to the creative power of the art world in Vienna around 1900 - in the spirit of the Gesamtkunstwerk. With a view to the well-known salon culture in Klimt's environment, the Klimt Foundation is taking up this tradition on the tenth anniversary of the non-profit private foundation and inviting visitors to a wide-ranging academic discourse. The first dates will focus on the artist's inspiring exchanges with Joseph Urban, Carl Moll, Carl Otto Czeschka and Josef Hoffmann.

The first event will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, with the lecture Joseph Urban. Architect and Illustrator in Austria and America by Dr. Markus Kristan, former curator of the architecture collection at the Albertina, Vienna.

On Wednesday, 26 April 2023, Dr. Cornelia Cabuk, former research associate at the Belvedere, Vienna, will focus on the inspiring symbiosis between Carl Moll and Gustav Klimt in her lecture Carl Moll. "Klimt's most rabid theoretical advocate". Moll's contribution to the "myth" of Klimt.

The following month's discourse is all about the all-designer Carl Otto Czeschka. Irene Pelka, research associate at the Institute of Art History at the University of Bonn, will explain Colored Moving Forms in Gustav Klimt's last creative phase and Carl Otto Czeschka's tapestry on One Thousand and One Nights on Wednesday, 31 May 2023.

Before a short summer break, the focus will be on the connection between the universal artist Josef Hoffmann and the painting genius Gustav Klimt on Monday, June 19, 2023. Dr. Rainald Franz, curator of the Glass & Ceramics Collection at the MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, will introduce interested listeners in his lecture Paarlauf für die Wiener Moderne. Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann as Reformers of the Graphic Arts and Spatial Art in the Secession and Wiener Werkstätte will introduce interested listeners to the Klimt-Hoffmann conglomerate.

Registration for the lectures is possible on the Klimt Foundation website.


  • Joseph Urban photographed by Arnold Genthe, 1916/17
    © Library of Congress
  • Carl Moll photographed by Friedrich Viktor Spitzer, in: Photographische Rundschau und photographisches Centralblatt. Zeitschrift für Freunde der Photographie, 20. Jg., Heft 23 (1906).
    © Klimt Foundation, Vienna
  • Koloman Moser: Carl Otto Czeschka, around 1907, Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck
    © Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck
  • Josef Hoffmann, in: Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, Band 62 (1928/29).
    © Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg