Vienna Secession – exhibition house

Time their art. Art’s freedom.

The Vienna Secession presents in its exhibition rooms modern, young contemporary art, which does not shrink from the experiment. Connected to already established positions, the exhibition building follows the program of its first great artists.

Secession am Naschmarkt, entworfen vom Architekten J. M. Olbricht
Secession at Getreidemarkt © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Popp Hackner

Vienna Secession – Viennese Art Nouveau

“Time their art. Art for its freedom.” A modern art for the Vienna of the Fin du Siècle – the announcement of the construction of the Secession triggered a fire in the art scene in the world. The Viennese Secession, the achievement of a group of young Viennese artists, had decided to turn the small city of Vienna into an artistic center. Her work moved between reestablishment and counter-movement and was intended to raise classical Austrian art to an international level.

Gustav Klimt is seen as the soul of the Vienna Secession. Already in the early years Klimt was elected President of the Kunstaustellungshaus, which was considered a representative of the best of Austrian art and Austrian creativity.

Beethovenfries Gemälde von Gustav Klimt
Beethovenfries, Painting by Gustav Klimt, © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Trumler

Beethovenfries –  Gustav Klimt

Beethoven frieze is a work of art that functioned as part of a secessionist work of art, a homage to Ludwig van Beethoven. Architecture, painting, sculpture and music worked together here, creating an ideal of combining different arts. Klimt’s Beethovenfries is still visible today.

Beethovenfries / Gustav Klimt
Beethovenfries / Gustav Klimt, © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Trumler


Guided tours take place every Saturday at 11am in English and at 2pm in German. However, the exhibition can also be visited without a guided tour from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 18 o’clock.

Arrival and location of the Secession

Adress: Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 Vienna
Public accessibility: subway, stop Karlsplatz

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