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“Klimt at his best”

Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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."
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Really beautiful frescoes, unique architecture in Judgenstill style, near to a nice street market and a subway station. The whole package!

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

It was under construction so I wasn't able to see all of it, but it was neat. The outside was practically destroyed and in ruins by the 1950s so it is really an amazing story of survival and restoration. Klimt's Beethoven Mural great. The bookshop has a great selection of art books and books on Vienna in general.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Don't miss the exhibition of Klimt's wall paintings in the Secession building - which is exquisite on its own. Latelry they have added a video on how a student of fine arts dublicated one of Klimt's themes. It is really worth observing!

1  Thank Ioanna G
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Several reviewers have complained about the temporary art exhibitions that they paid 8 euros to see inside the Secession Building. If you are not into modern art, you don't have to see these. The building by itself is a master piece and I suggest you spend ~20 minutes walking around the famous "golden cabbage", admiring it from every angle. It was built in 1897 as an exhibition pavilion to celebrate the Vienna Secession, referring to the separation of a group of rebel artists from the academic art establishment. The building houses Gustav Klimt's famous the Beethoven Frieze, one of the most important examples of Secession style. At the entrance the motto of the Secessionist movement is written above the door: "Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihre Freiheit" (meaning "To every age its art, to art its freedom"). Below it is a sculpture of three gorgons that symbolize sculpture, painting and architecture. The cute Jugendstill owls decorate the facade of the building. I liked the mix of white and gold, the flow of the facade and the ornaments. The attraction is conveniently located near Karlsplatz, Karlskirche, and Otto Wagner Pavilion.

4  Thank star555girl
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

The Secession building is an architectural ornament for the city of Vienna. I admire G. Klimt’s movement and the work of his associates and I was looking forward to visit the Secession Hall and see their work of art. That’s what I expected! And I persuaded my wife to follow me!
Unfortunately, except for the Beethoven’s frieze, there was nothing else to see at the Secession building. The other works exhibited in it do not seem to have any relation with Klimt’s art. They are addressed to a specialized audience and not to fans of the Secession artists. The visit at the Hall, including two more quite poor photo exhibitions in two separate halls, one of them with a table, chairs around and a videowall, didn’t last more than 15 min.
However, the entrance ticket was sold at the high cost of 8.50€. We payed 17€ for nothing, not mentioning that taking photographs of the exhibits is not allowed. We felt disappointed, as well as fooled! Ιt was a total theft. Don’t go! It’s not worth it!
If you like Klimt’s art, there are so many notable museums to visit in Vienna, like The gallery of the palace of Belvedere, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Albertina Hall, as well as Leopold’s museum.

2  Thank aikcos
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