Go behind the scenes of Vienna's art museums and fashion collections to discover how this beautiful city of dreams and music changed art and modern dress, with an exclusive look at the early 20th-century masterworks of Gustav Klimt. Klimt and his fellow artists broke with tradition and launched the Vienna Secession, a thoroughly modern art movement influenced by Art Nouveau as well as Freud's theories of the unconscious. At the dawn of the 20th century, this movement transformed painting and architecture as well as modern dress, with the artists working in collaboration with fashion designers like Emilie Flöge, Klimt's partner. On exclusive art tours, admire how Klimt and his protégé Egon Shiele revolutionized portrayals of female bodies and modern dress with their portraits of Viennese women.
Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the Wien Museum Fashion Collection, whose magnificent array of historic garments is not accessible to the public. Take an after-hours visit to Hofburg Palace, where a private tour of the Sisi Museum will reveal the restless life of a fashion icon, the beautiful yet tragic Empress Elisabeth. Join a curator for a private tour of the vast Kunsthistorisches Museum, home to the art treasures of the Habsburg family. At the Leopold Museum, peruse the world's most extensive collection of striking portraits by Egon Schiele. Visit MAK Vienna to discover the trailblazing, early 20th-century design work of Wiener Werkstätte. Delight in an exclusive early-opening visit to the sumptuous Belvedere Museums and Palaces. There you'll find the world's largest collection of Klimt's masterpieces, including his triumph The Kiss, whose influence on fashion is unquestionable.