Secession Museum


The Secession Museum is located at Friedrichstraße 12.


In 1897 a group of nineteen Austrian artists founded the Vienna Secession, and in this group there were painters, sculptors, and architects. They elected Gustav Klimt as the first president of the group, while Rudolf von Alt was made the honorary president. Other artists in the group were Koloman Moser, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Josef Hoffmann, and Max Kurzweil. They disagreed with the conservative policies of the Vienna Kunstlerhaus, the official Academy of Fine Arts. Joseph Maria Olbrich built the secession building in 1897 to hold exhibitions of the secession group. The building is very unusual because it has cubic forms and on top of it is a dome made of gilded laurel branches. The dome was jokingly known as "a head of cabbage” when it was first built. There is a room on the ground floor that exhibits the Beethoven Frieze, a work created by Gustav Klimt in 1902 to honor the 75th anniversary of Beethoven’s death. Gustav Klimt and other artists left the Vienna Secession because of differences of opinion about art.