11 December 2012


On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of one of Austria's greatest painters, Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), the Delegation of the European Union and the Embassy of Austria, in cooperation with the Osten Gallery, have organised several activities.

A screening of the feature film “Klimt” (director Raoul Ruiz, starring John Malkovich) was organised for art and architecture students, artists, galleries, journalists as well as the general public. The film portrays Klimt whose works came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late 19th and early 20th century.

The Austrian historian Dr. Lisa FISCHER offered an in depth outlook on the life and work of Gustav Klimt in her lecture Gustav Klimt and Women - Muse- Sponsor and Model.

The audience in the EU InfoCentre also had the opportunity to see the drawings by the Austrian artists who were influenced by Klimt’s work - his student, Egon Schiele and the famous Oskar Kokoschka (exhibition organised with courtesy of Osten Gallery).

The marking of Klimt’s 150th birthday was organised as part of the newly established EU InfoCentre project Cultural Stories, which started in October 2012 and which aims at promoting the European culture as well as the national contribution and active participation in the European culture.