Vienna Art Tour
School Art Trip to Vienna
Vienna is a city that will always be associated with the Secession movement at the turn of the twentieth century and in particular its de-facto leader Gustav Klimt. His works are instantly recognisable and include Judith and The Kiss. Other artists of that era also contributed an important body of work including the renegade Egon Schiele who's Bohemian lifestyle would raise eyebrows even today. The principal art museums of Vienna include the Belvedere Palace, the Albertina and the Kunst Historic Museum, while modern art is represented at MUMOK.
Vienna was also the home of the twentieth century painter and designer Friedensreich Hundertwasser who's unique artistic style can be seen at the museum house which is dedicated to his work.
The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.
Flight to Vienna, Belvedere & Prater Amusement Park
Belvedere: Begin today at the baroque Belvedere Palace, at one time the home of Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of the Austrian Empire. Following the end of the First World War it became an art gallery and at the heart of the collections today are the works of Gustav Klimt with his famous paintings The Kiss and Judith. Also found in the collection are works by Egon Schiele, a protégé of Klimt and a major figurative painter of the early 20th century, known for his explicit nude figures which originally saw many of them banned from public display.
Prater Amusement Park: You then transfer to your hotel for check in. In the evening you can visit the famous Wiener Riesenrad in Prater Amusement Park. This iconic big wheel was built in 1897 and famously featured in the Orson Welles film The Third Man.
Kunst Historical Museum, Secession & Walking Tour
Kunst Historical Museum: This morning you begin at the vast Kunst Historical Museum in the Museum Quarter of the city. The museum is known for its large Bruegel collection but numerous other major works of European art can be seen here including Raphael’s ‘Madonna del Prato’ and Vermeer’s ‘Painter in his Studio,’ as well as works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian and Tintoretto.
Secession: After lunch you visit the iconic Secession Building. Led by Gustav Klimt, a group of artists led a separation from the more conservative art bureaucracy in Vienna and established the Secession. The building itself is s significant piece of art, with its striking golden dome. The wonderful Beethoven Frieze by Klimt, in the building’s basement, is today seen as one of the key works in the artist’s development, although at the time it was as controversial as the Secession itself.
Walking Tour: In the afternoon you have a walking tour taking in some of the historical baroque and art deco buildings. There are various grand buildings along the Ringstrasse including the State Opera House, the Hofburg, the Ballhausplatz and the Rathaus. You also visit the Stephansdom, the iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Mumok, Leopold Museum & Albertina
MUMOK: This morning you visit the MUMOK – the Museum of Modern Art – dedicated to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Its collections have a particular focus on Pop Art and Photorealism. There are works by Andy Warhol and Yoko Ono, as well as Picasso and the German painter Gerhard Richter.
Leopold Museum: You continue to the futuristic Leopold Museum which houses numerous works by artists involved in the Vienna Secessionist Movement.
Albertina: In the afternoon you visit the Albertina Museum. On permanent display are the most exciting art movements of the last 130 years: from French impressionism to German expressionism to the Russian Avant Garde. Monet’s Water Lily Pond, Degas’ Dancers and Renoir’s Girl can all be seen here. The collection also includes works by artists such as Chagall, Picasso, Cezanne and of course the ever-present Gustav Klimt.
Museum for Applied Arts & Hundertwasser Kunst House
MAK: This morning you visit the Museum for Applied Arts (MAK). Design is one of the main features of MAK. The museum shows furniture, glass, china, silver, and textiles from the Middle Ages to the present day. Items on display include precious crafts from the Vienna Werkstätte, traditional bentwood furniture by Thonet and art nouveau highlights such as the gilded design by Gustav Klimt for the frieze of the Stoclet Palace in Brussels.
Hundertwasser Kunst House: After lunch you visit the Hundertwasser Kunst House which displays a range of work by the renowned designer Friedensreich Hundertwasser, along with that of his contemporaries and associates. You can also see from the outside the Hundertwasser House, a unique apartment building created in the 1980’s by Hundertwasser’s collaboration with the architect Joseph Krawina. It is one of Vienna’s most visited attractions and part of Austria’s cultural heritage. You can also visit the adjacent Hundertwasser Village which is created in the same style and which contains a variety of gift shops and a café.
You then continue to the airport for your homeward flight.
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