One of the highlights of my time in Vienna so far was Monday evening – the private opening of the Lucian Freud painting exhibit at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. I felt very fortunate to have an invitation courtesy of the Freud Museum! While the opening was “private,” it was packed with family and friends of Lucian Freud, dignitaries from various museums and private collectors who had loaned works for the exhibition, the British Ambassador to Austria, curators, and more. In this photo, the Director of the Kunsthistorisches welcomes and thanks all the various groups and VIPs. The screen behind her showed a few examples of paintings from the exhibit (hard to see in this photo). The museum itself is maybe one of the most beautiful anywhere in the world. To reach the main Saal, you climb an imperially long and wide marble staircase, arriving at a circular space around an opening to the floor level that exposes the great domed ceiling above. Everything (as with all things Habsburg) is wood paneled and gold encrusted, but here, amid art from every century, the grandeur seems fitting and inspires awe.