Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude), Vienna

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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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  • The cabbage of gold, as the Viennese call it popularly. Worth seeing on the outside, on the inside says nothing
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  • The building, of course, interesting, and inside there are interesting moments, but personally, I was here for Klimt, and if the building was another, and not noticed. But it beats anyone that. OOchen curious how Klimt depicted a 9 Symphony by Beethoven. A separate Hall-cloth on the perimeter, look and think. Audioguide-can you listen to Beethoven, if the ancient proverb that, and look at the canvas. Well, is it boring? There's nothing more I need.
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  • The Palace itself, as built, is anonymous if it excludes coverage in gold. The frieze and its history are fascinating and engaging. Great explanation of the audioguide.
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  • Beethoven frieze is significantly less comprehensive than I expected. But Klimt did good work and I am glad I saw it. Everything but this and about 2 smaller rooms are permanent exhibition. Other rooms are devoted to temporary exhibition. In time of my visit it housed selection of contemporary art which - stronger than usual - overestimated importance of empty space. This wasn't entirely what I anticipated for 9€.
  • Of course, if you Lite Klimmt, you will love it. But you pay 9.50 euros for that and a handful of other paintings and arts works that most people pass in 2 minutes. You need to be a big fan of Klimmt to spend this money for a 30 minute deal.
  • The external features of the building are worthy of seeing with Klimt influences in its design and architecture. Inside the exhibition was being changed which made our brief visit a bit inaccessible. The Klimt/Beethoven frieze is interesting, could be enhanced with the music, Ode to Joy perhaps on headphones.
  • You can’t leave out this place on a trip to Vienna, even if the art collection is small the quality is there. The building is beautiful and worth a visit in itself.
  • Gorgeous outsides, with huge historical importance in the art scene in Vienna. Inside varies depending on exhibits, plus the permanent Beethoven Frieze by Klimt.

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