Gustav Klimt: Five Paintings from the Collection of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer

Ahmanson Building, Level 2
April 4, 2006–June 30, 2006

LACMA is honored to announce a special exhibition of five important paintings by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt (1862–1918). The paintings were recently returned by the Austrian government to the family of Maria Altmann, of Los Angeles, following a lengthy legal dispute over the rightful ownership of these works stolen by the Nazi regime. The five masterpieces by Klimt epitomize the height of Viennese Jugendstil. They include two portraits of Maria Altmann’s aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer (1881–1925) and three landscapes, Beechwood (1903), Apple Tree I(ca. 1911), and Houses in Unterach on Lake Atter (1916). The five paintings, which until recently hung in the Austrian Gallery Belvedere in Vienna, have never before been shown together in the United States.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and made possible through the generosity of The Broad Art Foundation, the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Nancy and Dick Riordan, AT&T, Herta and Paul Amir, Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation, Kathy and Frank Baxter, The Gordon Family Foundation, Ellen and Andrew Hauptman, Nina and Bobby Kotick, the Robert F. Maguire III Family, the Peter Norton Family Foundation, Ted Slavin and Patricia Rubin, Terry and Lionel Bell, Lee and Lawrence Ramer, and the Robert Gore Rifkind Foundation. Special support for this exhibition was provided by LACMA's Art Museum Council. This exhibition is not specially ticketed. There is no additional charge for members; non-members are admitted with a general admission ticket.

Image: Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907, oil, silver, and gold on canvas, 55 1/8 x 55 1/8 in. (140 x 140 cm), Estate of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, photo © 2006 Museum Associates/LACMA.