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Art Museums in Vienna, Austria

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Leopold Museum

The Leopold is located in the Museumsplatz, a court of many other museums. It holds the world’s most extensive collection of works by Egon Schiele, one of the most famous Austrian/Expressionist artists. Its permanent exhibit also contains many works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and others. Its rotating exhibits come from all over the world, mainly from the modern era. It is a newer museum, founded only in 2001, but is nevertheless an important thing to see in Vienna and understand Austrian fine art.

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MUMOK/ Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien/Museum of Modern Art

This museum is also located in Museumsplatz. It was inaugurated in 1962, in the building of the former Austrian pavilion for the Brussels EXPO, and reopened in 2001 at its new location. It has a huge collection of over 9,000 works of paintings, videos, photographs, sculptures, architectural models, furniture, as well as documentary material. Some themes of the art include Pop Art, Noveau Realisme, Fluxus, and Viennese Actionism.

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MAK/Museum fur Angewandte Kunst/Museum of Applied Arts

This museum has a collection that ranges from traditional to modern, and many different rotating exhibitions. It was originally founded back in 1864, as the Imperial Austrian Museum of Art and Industry. It focuses on the scientific research of art, emphasizing on-site production and preservation. It is a good place for those who seek to explore the practicality of art and design.

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Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere)

This is a very famous museum. The palace itself is a grandiose baroque building, built under Prince Eugene of Savoy. The collection ranges from pieces from the Middle Ages and Baroque, up through the 20th century.

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It contains the original version of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss,” and some famous works by Schiele. It also has a very manicured garden outside full of shrubs and sculptures, which is supposed to hold a great view of Vienna if you go when it isn’t obscenely cloudy. It’s a good place for people who are more into classical art and history.

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Kunsthaus Wien

This museum is located in proximity to the Danube River, in the third district of Vienna. It is in a house with an interesting design, rather than a grand palace or museum institute. It has a permanent Friedensreich Hunderwasser exhibit, and also many other avant-garte and classical works with displays of sculptures, paintings and photography.

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