Photo/IllutrationVisitors look at Gustav Klimt’s “The Three Ages of Woman” at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum on April 22, ahead of the exhibition's opening the next day. (Satoru Iizuka)

About 25 oil paintings by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt went on display April 23 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the largest-ever exhibition of his oils in Japan.

“Gustav Klimt: Vienna--Japan 1900” takes a broad look at the activities of the symbolist painter, who led the Viennese art scene at the turn of the 20th century.

The works on display include those that make use of gold leaf and pieces that reflect his interest in Japanese art.

Stella Rollig, director of the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, renowned for its Klimt collection, said during a ceremony in Tokyo on the eve of the opening of the show that she wants to share a jewel like Klimt with the Japanese public.

The exhibition also features works by other artists who lived around the same time as Klimt (1862-1918), bringing the total number of works on display to about 110.

After the show in Tokyo through July 10, the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, will host the exhibition from July 23.