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Since 2022, the Klimt-Foundation has initiated and organized the international Gustav Klimt Symposium on the initiative of the directorate Peter Weinhäupl and Sandra Tretter. The academic conference is held biennially at different Klimt locations and invites everyone to discover new angles and perspectives in the work of the Art Nouveau painter and his network of artists.

Simultaneous translation (German/English) and online live streaming enable worldwide participation. A print version of the conference proceedings will be published for each symposium.

The second Gustav Klimt Symposium will take place on March 23, 2024 at Villa Toscana on the Traunsee. Registration will be open from January 2024.


Gustav Klimt, the Salzkammergut and Villa Toscana on the Traunsee

Gustav Klimt loved the Salzkammergut and even before his regular summer holidays at the Attersee, which lasted 17 years, he usually travelled to the lake landscape of this region together with Emilie Flöge and her family or his brother Ernst Klimt.

The Toscana peninsula in Gmunden was acquired by Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein (1882-1958) in 1913. As the daughter of the great industrialist, collector and patron of the Vienna Secession Karl Wittgenstein (1847-1913) and sister of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), she established this place as a creative center of art and science. Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein was portrayed full-length in a painting by Gustav Klimt in 1905 (Neue Pinakothek Munich). The villa, which was converted by the architect and Otto Wagner student Rudolf Perco, became an important modernist network hub and a venue for exhibitions, performances and salons. This vivid exchange will now be continued on a scientific basis with, amongst others, the second Gustav Klimt Symposium.