Klimt project 2021-2022

110 years after his participation in the 1911 International Art Exhibition, Gustav Klimt returns to Italy and two major exhibitions celebrate the artistic career of one of the greatest exponents of the Viennese revolution, highlighting his public and private dimensions respectively.

From 27 October 2021, the Museo di Roma at Palazzo Braschi will host the exhibition Klimt.Klimt. La Secessione e l’Italia (Klimt. The Secession and Italy): an exhibition that traces - with works from the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, the Klimt Foundation and other public and private collections - the stages of Gustav Klimt's entire artistic parabola, its "public" aspect, and, in addition to presenting his role as co-founder of the Viennese Revolution, for the first time investigates the artist's relationship with Italy, telling us about his travels and exhibition successes.

The exhibition - curated by Franz Smola, curator of the Belvedere, Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli, Capitoline Superintendent for Cultural Heritage and Sandra Tretter, deputy director of the Klimt Foundation in Vienna - also presents a selection of paintings and sculptures by other artists, which supports the story of the Viennese Secession period and Klimt's influence in Italy.

The special guest of the exhibition is Ritratto di Signora (1916-17), stolen from the Galleria d'Arte Moderna Ricci Oddi in Piacenza in 1997 and recovered in 2019.

This is followed by Piacenza - where the prestigious international collaborations will be renewed - which at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna Ricci Oddi and other adjoining spaces will host the exhibition Intimate Klimt, from 5 April 2022, the second major event curated by a scientific committee composed of Gabriella Belli, Elena Pontiggia, Lucia Pini and Valerio Terraroli.

The exhibition will offer the public a new and special look at the life of the great Viennese artist. Starting from the rediscovered work in the Ricci Oddi Gallery, the exhibition aims at discovering a "rediscovered Klimt" also in his most intimate and personal dimension, hitherto elusive, restoring through works and documents the depth of a human and artistic story at the same time.

The public Klimt and the private Klimt, two exhibitions that complete and combine, both of which should be visited to get to know the great artist in depth.

The exhibition in Rome, promoted by Roma Culture, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, is co-produced by Arthemisia, which also takes care of the organisation, with Zètema Progetto Cultura, in collaboration with the Belvedere Museum and in cooperation with the Klimt Foundation.

In Piacenza, the exhibition, produced and organised by Arthemisia, will also see the support of Piacenza City Council and the Ricci Oddi Gallery.