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Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

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Address: Friedrichstrasse 12 | 4th District/Wieden, Vienna, Austria
Phone Number: 01-587-5307-0
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

In addition to a strong collection of contemporary art, this museum houses...

In addition to a strong collection of contemporary art, this museum houses Gustav Klimt's "Beethoven Frieze," a 30-meter-long interpretation of Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony."

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Klimt's Frieze and History of Art

The star display is Klimt's famous frieze and some early art for the Secession movement's magazine. As a record of the movement I guess it remains unparalleled. But you really... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Tim D
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Don't go there if not around. Small and short visit. Relatively expensive. Odd arts with little explanations.. Air conditioned

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Nottingham, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This building is really attractive from the outside, and Klimt's Beethoven frieze is stunning. Admittedly if you're not a Klimt fan I couldn't recommend it, as the other art on show was ultra-modern & did nothing for me, but we spent a good 30 minutes or more in the Klimt room, which is essential viewing.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The star display is Klimt's famous frieze and some early art for the Secession movement's magazine. As a record of the movement I guess it remains unparalleled. But you really have to have an interest in the topic to hold your attention for more than 10 minutes!

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd read many reviews of the Secession building from other travelers, and I have to agree with them. The Klimt freieze is definitely worth seeing, but at 9 euros to spend maybe 10-15 minutes looking at it, is it really worth it? The other art on display was absolute garbage, and after being at the Leopold and the Belvedere, I... More 

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Eureka, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of the artists who came together to protect their artistic freedom is fascinating and important. Klimpt is featured here especially the famous Beethoven Frieze.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First, the exposition is extremely scarce, despite the presence of the Klimt frieze. Second, the value of the exhibits is questionable even from the point of view of contemporary art. Thirdly, the ticket price is unreasonably high. Overall, expectations did not materialize, the building would have to place the work of Community members, including the Gustav Klimt.

Thank Zuevy
Culemborg, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Video art, papier-mashé art, all the temp stuff was beyond my understanding and appreciation. The cellar with the frieze of Klimt was fantastic. This is worth a visit but understandingly ik may not be worth your €9..... I liked it a lot.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history of the Secession art movement inspired me to think about art belonging to society and as an agent of social change. These heroic artists sought to change the world. Contemporary artist exhibits were thought-provoking, too. The Klimt frieze provided a story of Beethoven's 9th symphony that will allow me to hear it in a new way. I wish... More 

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Broadmayne, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We paid the 6 euros entry fee and then found that only the Klimpt Frieze was on show everything else was closed off as they were doing building work and installing new exhibits. This would have been ok if they had said so on the way in! My wife complained to the girl on the ticket desk who suddenly didn't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I studied this at school, so for me it's amazing to actually visit this historic building. I really like everything related to the Secession, the building, the design, everything.

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In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.