The Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna displays art from the Middle Ages to the present day in the unique atmosphere of baroque palaces and parks. Currently, the gallery's collection comprises around 18,500 works from 900 years of art history.
The absolute highlight is the world's largest collection of paintings by the Art Nouveau painter Gustav Klimt, including "The Kiss" and "Judith", two of his most famous works. In addition, the collection includes important works of Viennese Biedermeier, Austrian Baroque, the epoch of Vienna around 1900 and French Impressionism. Today, the exhibition programme of the Belvedere, founded in 1903, is thematically divided among three locations: the Upper Belvedere with the permanent exhibition of the collection, the Lower Belvedere for special exhibitions and the Belvedere 21, a modern pavilion for contemporary art, films, music, and events. The historic French-style gardens, which along with the two palaces, are part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, are just as worth visiting as the works of art.
All of the originals of these works are on display at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere.