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The Secession in Vienna houses art from the Viennese Secession movement which happened in the late 1800's. The building also forms a monument to the movement, itself being a piece of Secession art. Most notable is the dome of gilded bronze laurel leaves that rests on top of the building above the door. The aim of the movement was to break free from austere and restrictive expectations for art within the institutions of the day and to encourage art for its own sake, free from the shackles of history or political and cultural expectations. This new form, called Jungendstil in German (lit. Young Art) was Art Nouveau.

The Secession has many other decorative features outside besides this. The credo of the Secession movement, "For every age its art; for art its freedom", is carved into the façade above the entrance. Below the credo the entrance is adorned with further gilded foliage, a pair of salamanders, a trio of gorgons and bronze snake door handles made by Georg Klimt. The ornamental bowls on either side of the steps have tortoise feet. On the side of the Secession are three wise owls.

Inside the museum contains the Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt, first president of the movement, in the basement. Originally the movement consisted of 19 Austrian artists who had resigned from the Knsetlerhaus.

Secession Art Gallery
Friedrichstrasse 12

U-Bhan : Karlsplatz (U2, U4)
Bus / Tram: 1, 2, 57A, 59A, D, J

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