Secession Building 2.5 rating

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Architect Josef Maria Olbrich built this Jugendstil (German-style Art Nouveau) building 1897-98 as a display space for artists working in the new Secession artistic movement. It is topped by a giant, frothy golden ball, lovingly called Krauthappel by the Viennese, but the building was definitely not loved when it first opened. Notice a reactionary Viennese pattern here? The opera building too was hated at first, but at least it was not called a temple for bullfrogs or a bastard begot of temple and warehouse as the this building was. The entryway features the motto of the Secessionist movement: Der Zeit ihre Kunst, der Kunst ihre Freiheit (to the time, its art, to the art, its freedom). Olbrich's mentor Otto Wagner, and also Gustav Klimt, whose astounding Beethoven Frieze is partially preserved in the basement, inspired the building's design. The ceremonial front entrance is separate from the functional glass and steel exhibit hall in back.

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About Secession Building

 Friedrichstraße 12

 +43 1 5875307

 http://www.secession.at

Secession Building and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Kunsthistorisches Museum

Kunsthistorisches Museum(0.4 km)
One of the world's greatest art museums and in a palace that is a work of art itself.

Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace(0.7 km)
This immense palace complex grew into a large, unwieldy series of buildings over the years and was the imperial residence of the Habsburg emperors until 1918.

Opera House

Opera House(0.3 km)
Probably the most-beloved symbol of Viennese arts, and one of the first buildings to be rebuilt in the postwar era.

Neue Hofburg

Neue Hofburg(0.6 km)
The newest and largest section of the Imperial Palace.

Albertina

Albertina(0.4 km)
The Albertina is the largest Habsburg residential palace and a popular art gallery in Vienna, with over 50,000 drawings and one million prints dating from Late Gothic to contemporary.

Karlskirche

Karlskirche(0.5 km)
Largest Baroque cathedral north of the Alps, designed by the famous architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.

The Museum District

The Museum District(0.8 km)
Has served as a cultural district of Vienna since 2001.

Austrian Parliament Building

Austrian Parliament Building(1.1 km)
The Austrian Parliament Building is a magnificent and imposing building in marble where the Nationalrat (National Council) and Bundesrat (Federal Council) meet.

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