Bösendorfer represents Austrian and especially Viennese musical culture. What better way to celebrate than to create a model dedicated to one of our most famous Austrian painters, and a founder of the Viennese Secessionist movement, Gustav Klimt. We have chosen 2012 to introduce the first of our new “Artist Series” pianos, and have dedicated it to him as it is the 150th Anniversary of his birth.
The first of our new “Artist Series” pianos is dedicated to Gustav Klimt
The Klimt model is being made in cooperation with the Belvedere Museum, Vienna who have the most extensive collection of Klimt paintings in the world, including the world famous “Kiss”. We have used their own very high resolution image of the Kiss, and through advanced reprographic techniques, have succeeded in reproducing it onto the inside of the lid of our best selling 200 model. Prior to spraying high gloss polyester onto the image, our craftsmen further customise it by applying additional elements of real gold leaf.
The Klimt model will be limited to a maximum of 25 units. Each unit will have an individually numbered solid brass plate.
As a homage to Klimt, and his love of using gold, we have added further “Klimt” design elements to the piano. Inspired by his use of asymmetrical organic lines, we have created special lines in the music desk and top of the legs. These lines are inlaid with gold leaf by our experts. Each purchaser will receive a signed copy by Alfred Weidinger of the book he co-edited on the current highly successful exhibition at the Belvedere Museum, Vienna – “Gustav Klimt/Josef Hoffmann, Pioneers of Modernism.” Weidinger is Vice Director at the Belvedere Museum, Vienna, and an acknowledged world expert on Klimt. The exhibition of Klimt and Hoffmann is especially relevant to Bösendorfer as Hoffmann actually designed a Bösendorfer grand piano.
The Klimt model is featuring the world famous “Kiss”
Our craftsmen applied additional elements of real gold leaf
The Klimt model features elegant details like our logo on the prop stick
Special lines in the music desk were inspired by Klimt’s use of asymmetrical organic lines.
Gustav Klimt – “The Kiss” © Österreichische Galerie Belvedere