More than ten years ago, a bundle of full-scale sketches (called cartoons) by Gustav Klimt for the ceiling paintings in the grand staircases were found in the attic of the Burgtheater. These paintings are seminal pieces in Klimt’s early work, heralding the symbolist phase of the fin-de-siècle in Vienna. This priceless treasure of preparatory sketches by the painter also includes his only self-portrait.
Their restoration completed, they are now accessible to the interested public in a permanent exhibition at a dedicated Klimt-Raum in the Burgtheater. The Angelika Prokopp Foyer at the Burgtheater is open for theatre-goers who come for an evening performance.