Klimts Kuss – Spiel mit dem Feuer
A 360-degree discovery tour of the life and works of the Austrian artist and pioneer of Art Nouveau. Alongside his portraits of women, female allegories and landscape paintings, Gustav Klimt achieved international fame with his painting “The Kiss”.
“Klimt’s Kiss – Playing with Fire” showcases a student’s present-day and spellbinding view of Klimt’s portraits of women and female nudes. Gustav Klimt (1862–1918), renowned as a “painter of women”, created intimate studies of female eroticism in his art. But are Klimt’s paintings timeless representations of feminine beauty or images of the female as an object of desire?
In the fictional meeting with the fashion designer, Emilie Flöge (1874–1952), Klimt’s emancipated life partner, most intimate confidante and muse, the student embarks on a search for clues. On an exciting journey to fin-de-siècle Vienna, both women reflect on Klimt’s life and work from a female perspective, discussing controversial triumphs and bitter scandals as well as tragedies and love affairs. Emilie Flöge’s memories gradually condense into an impressive testimony of an extraordinary love story that reaches its zenith in the artist’s most famous portrait: “The Kiss”, depicting Emilie Flöge in an eternal embrace with Gustav Klimt.