The Beethoven frieze by Gustav Klimt (on display in the Secession Building in Vienna) is a high point of the Viennese Art Nouveau scene. The mural is dripping with erotic symbolism and beautifully gilded characters. The semi-nude women and fierce warriors stand side by side in a world that feels like the lavish set of a dramatic opera. The work has a linear narrative and illustrates the “human desire for happiness in a suffering and tempestuous world in which one contends not only with external evil forces but also with internal weaknesses.”
For the 2015 edition of Life Ball (an annual AIDS charity event) Austrian photographer Inge Prader has recreated this iconic work by Klimt into a gorgeous series of golden hued photographs. With the use of models, elaborate costumes and incredible art design, the work is reinvented in astonishing detail.
Prader also recreated another famous pieces by Klimt, such as Life and Death, Medicine and Danaë.