We spent a morning getting cultured, like a fine sauerkraut, at the Leopold Museum for contemporary Austrian art. I particularly enjoyed the comparative exhibition between Edwin Wurm and Carl Spitzweg, and Wurm’s “Self-Portrait as Pickle”. He is as individual as a single pickle, but still Austrian:
The Leopold has a great room displaying maps of Vienna through different eras, and with a big window where you can look out over the old city.
To balance out the modern art with some Austrian art from all ages, we also decided to visit the Schloss Belvedere. Oooh, a palace! And my chance to see Klimt’s Kiss, which was so prominent on napkins and magnets and t-shirts across the city…
I recommend going to the Belvedere during any time but summer. It was hard to enjoy or even get a good look at The Kiss because every tour led by an umbrella-wielding guide was taking selfies with it. I didn’t see the point, especially since a photograph doesn’t show up the gold leaf. I did think it was interesting that the gallery had made a relief sculpture of the painting, so that visually impaired people could experience the painting as well:
After museum-ing, we decided to go on a non-art adventure. Stay tuned!