Secession Building Vienna - A temple for Arts


Secession Building

You are now looking at a sleek, white building - the Secession. On first appearance, the building looks like it could be a temple, a religious building. Or, even a Emperors tomb.

It doesn't have any windows. No, it's not a tomb, but a temple to  Art.

The golden raised lettering is visible on the white building. A spherical dome of intertwined golden laurel leaves is visible on the roof.  The roof is topped by a spherical dome of intertwined golden laurel leaves. The building earned a nickname as result of the form of the dome. The dome reminded the Viennese of a head of Cabbage. They gave it the nick-name the "golden head of cabbage”.

In 1892 several artists moved out of the established Künstlerhaus (Artists house) in Karlsplatz. The most famous among them was Gustav Klimt. Secession means to break away. Breaking away from the establishment, the beginning of a new era. “To the age it's Art, to Art it's freedom.That was the secessionists motto. You can read this famous motto above the entrance to the building. The secession artists association still exists today by the way.

The architect, Joseph Maria Olbrich, a member of the secession association, designed this building. An unusual feature for the time was that the interior consisted of one large hall. In this way, the exhibition room could be flexibly adapted to suit every possible situation. Various different exhibitions take place here.

You can view, the Beethoven frieze separately which is located in the basement.
A 70 square meter wall-painting of the famous Viennese Jugendstil artist Gustav Klimt.