Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude), Vienna

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Art Museum · Architectural Building
Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude) hosts art pieces from rebel artists, the most notable being Gustav Klimt. Completed in 1898, the building covers 1,000 sq m (11,000 sq ft) and is featured on Austrian coins of 50 eurocents. The architectural form is uncommon, with cubical shapes and a dome made of gilded laurel branches--initially referred to as cabbage head. Spend time at the main exhibit--the Beethoven Frieze, a 1902 work of Gustav Klimt--which illustrates a human desire for happiness in a world of suffering and evil forces. The museum constantly rotates its exhibits. Use our Vienna trip planner to visit Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude) on your trip to Vienna, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This impressive building includes the Beethoven Frieze as well as exhibitions of Klimt, one of the most well known Viennese artists. Inside the frieze you can listen to Beethoven and be overwhelmed...  more »
  • The building is beautiful and has an interesting history, but the exhibiotion was the most dada I have ever seen. Sorry. Vienna is full of great art, forget this place and go elsewhere.  more »
  • Nice museum. A building with a nice architecture but a troubled history. I enjoyed the hour spent here.
  • Had looked forward to my visit to see the Klimt mural but it was spoiled by a grumpy woman who insisted I should put my bag in a locker! I was not asked to do this on entry but was hounded by a woman who didn't even bother to show me where the lockers were. The exhibition was disappointing, the welcome non existent and a waste of money. I recommend staying outside the building!

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