Image by Manfred Werner SA
The Klimt Villa, which opened to the public in September 2012 following a complete makeover, immerses you in the sensual world of Vienna's most famous Secessionist. Set in landscaped grounds in a leafy corner of Hietzing, the 1920s neo-baroque villa was built on and around the site of the original rustic studio, the artist's last, where he worked from 1911 to 1918.
Standouts include carefully reproduced furnishings and carpets, as well as Gustav Klimt's headily erotic sketches of his models. Just as special is the intimate atmosphere of strolling through the painter's one-time gardens, where two of his rose bushes still produce blowsy, fragrant flowers. While it can take a little imagination to sense the studio, Moritz Nähr's original photos give a sense of life here, with Klimt and his entourage draped in flowing haute-bohemian robes, as depicted in portraits such as Adele Bloch-Bauer II and Frederike Beer (both of which Klimt painted here).