Secession Building, Vienna

bgoddard

Pembroke, Canada

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Taken on September 7, 2012 with my SONY Cybershot DSC W650.

The Secession Building was designed by Joseph Maria Olbrich, once a student of the architect, Otto Wagner. It was built in 1899. Olbrich together with the painter Gustav Klimt and others founded the Vienna Secession art group (1897) to challenge the accepted theories and vision of art, including architecture – this group was very controversial and, although the group and its proponents struggled against the ‘historical’ form of architecture to further their view of the ‘realism’ form of architecture, they changed the face of Vienna to a great degree and brought elements of Art Nouveau into architecture. Otto Wagner, although not a founder of the group, soon joined it as well. Olbrich died in 1908 and Otto Wagner survived until the flu epidemic of 1918. It is easy to find references to both architects and this building on the internet.

The Secession Building, was restored in the 1970’s after long neglect and the looting of the years of WWII. It is very beautiful inside and out and totally devoted to the art of its period – while I was there work was proceeding on the reproduction of a full room art project of Gustave Klimt.

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