Wien - Vienna

Austria



Address:
Friedrichstrasse 12

A-1010
Phone: +43-1-587 53 07
Fax: +43-1-587 53 07-34
Website: http://www.secession.at/e

Secession - Exhibition Hall For Contemporary Art

The Association of Visual Artists Vienna Secession was founded in 1897 and presented its first exhibition in 1898, the same year the new Secession building was completed to the designs of Joseph M.Olbrich. Today, the Secession is the world's oldest independent gallery devoted entirely to exhibitions of contemporary art. The exhibition programme of the Vienna Secession is decided by the members of the Association of Visual Artists Vienna Secession on a democratic basis and selected entirely according to artistic criteria.

One of the basic objectives of the Association is the presentation of current developments in Austrian and international art, as well an to cultivate an openness for experimentation.


 Permanent Collection Highlights (2)

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Permanent Collection

The Beethoven Frieze

It was originally intended as an ephemeral work of art and, like the other decorative paintings, it was to be removed after the close of the exhibition. It was only owing to fortunate circumstances, that the frieze was not destroyed as planned: the Secession was to present the following year a major Klimt retrospective (XVIIIth exhibition, 1903), and it was decided to leave the work of art in place.

In 1903 the arts patron and collector Carl Reinighaus purchased the frieze, which was cut into seven pieces to be removed from the wall and was stored for twelve years in a furniture depot in Vienna, until Reinighaus sold the frieze again in 1915 to the industrialist August Lederer. Lederer was one of Klimt's most important supporters and owner of what was probably the most extensive and important collection of Klimt pictures in private hands at that time.

In 1938 the Lederer family, like so many other families of Jewish origin, was dispossessed. The Beethoven Frieze was thus placed in "state custody" and was only officially returned to the ownership of the family heir Erich Lederer, who had meanwhile settled in Geneva, after the end of World War II. At the same time, an export ban was placed on the frieze, so that Erich Lederer finally decided - not least of all due to the increasingly urgent necessity of restoring the frieze - to sell it to the Republic of Austria.

In 1973 the Beethoven Frieze was purchased by the Republic of Austria and restored over the course of ten years under the direction of Manfred Koller from the Federal Office of Monuments Vienna.

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Exhibitions

Antje Schiffers, Hof, 2006
July 6 – Sep 9, 2007

JENS HAANING
July 6 – Sep 9, 2007

BAUMÜLLER / HOFMANN
July – Oct, 2007, Open space

AZRA AKSAMIJA
July – Oct, 2007, Open space

TATZU NISHI
July – Oct, 2007, Open space

TUE GREENFORT
Sep 20 – Nov 18, 2007

PIOTR UKLANSKI
Sep 20 – Nov 18, 2007

KORPYS / LÖFFLER
Nov 29, 2007 – Jan 27, 2008

ANDREA VAN DER STRAETEN
Nov 29, 2007 – Jan 27, 2008


Please click here for the complete page with images http://www.secession.at/art/2007_e.html


Previous Exhibitions

The index of former exhibitions from 1996 http://www.secession.at/art/alphabet_e.html


Exhibitions (5)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

All expositions of the current year http://www.secession.at/art/2007_e.html


Cost

EXHIBITIONS AND BEETHOVEN FRIEZE
Adults € 6,-
Groups (minimum 8 persons) per person € 4,-
Reduced rate (students, senior citizen) € 3,50
Groups reduced (minimum 8 persons) per person € 2,50

EXHIBITIONS ONLY
Adults € 4,50
Groups (minimum 8 persons) per person € 3,-
Reduced rate (students, senior citizen) € 3,-
Groups reduced (minimum 8 persons) per person € 2,-

GUIDED TOURS
Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.
Extra charge per person
€ 1,50
by appointment € 30,-
Schoolgroups
€ 23,-

Groups with max. 25 persons
Children up to 10 years: no admission


Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday 10.am. – 8 p.m.


Getting there

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Underground station Karlsplatz (U1, U2 & U4)




Museum internal and external photos (5)

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News and events

Events 2007 and all events since 2002 http://www.secession.at/art/event_e.html


FAQ's

THE SYMOBLISM OF THE ARCHITECTURE

The laurel leaf is the dominant symbol in the completed building. It can be found on the pilasters of the front/anterior wing and the entrance niche/recess, as well as in the various garlands along the side elevations and it hovers over the building in the form of the 3000 gilt leaves and 700 berries of the dome.

The entrance area is decorated by the masks of the three Gorgons, which symbolise architecture, sculpture and painting. The side elevations also feature owls that were formed by Olbrich himself (to the designs of Kolo Moser). The Gorgons and the owl are attributes of Pallas Athene, the godess of wisdom, victory and the crafts. Joseph Maria Olbrich integrated a symbolic language in the building, that is given a fresh and unacademic/unpedantic interpretation here.


Education

ART INFORMATION

Every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and every Sunday from 12 noon – 2 p.m.
Art calls for disputation, reflection, active participation. An art educator is available to all visitors in the exhibition rooms for questions and conversations (free of charge).


Groups

GUIDED TOURS

Every Saturday at 3 p.m. and every Sunday at 11 a.m., approx. 50 minutes.
Overview tour (p.p. 1,50 Euro) discussing the Beethoven Frieze and the artists' movement of the Secession in addition to contemporary exhibitions. For groups in German, English, French, Italian, and Dutch by appointment only.


Schools

INFORMATION TOURS FOR TEACHERS

For each new exhibition, we offer tours for teachers on two dates http://www.secession.at/art/event_e.html
and provide specific art education information. Materials for preparation and reflection in class are made available online for one contemporary art exhibition respectively.

EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL CLASSES http://www.secession.at/vermittlung/schule_e.html


Families

FAMILY TOURS

Glimpse behind the scenes: There are always new exhibitions to be experienced at the Secession. What happens to the art works afterward? How do they get to the Secession? Klimt's Beethoven Frieze from 1902 has a long and colorful history, as we can learn from the back side.

A special tour through the contemporary art exhibitions is offered once a month for families. For children age 8 and up.

Current Dates http://www.secession.at/art/event_e.html


Membership

Friends of the Secession

Join Now!

As a Friend of the Secession, you have an opportunity to take an unmediated part in the developments of contemporary art - and specifically as an actor, not just a passive onlooker. In addition, through lectures, art excursions and tours, you can meet interested artists personally and gain an insight into their working methods and intentions.

For membership and additional information, please contact the Friends of the Secession by telephone: Sylvie Liska (+43-1-) 587 53 07-31, fax: (+43-1-) 587 53 07-34, or email: freunde@secession.at


Sponsorship

SPONSORS AND COOPERATIONS 2006

Funding of the Exhibition Programme and Maintenance of the Secession Building

In 2003, the Secession financed around 70% of its maintenance and administration costs, together with the production of exhibitions of international contemporary art, from its own resources. The balance was supplied from municipal and federal funds. This affords the Secession considerable financial autonomy compared to other art and cultural institutions and ensures the survival of independent, progressive, controversial and versatile exhibition planning that has characterised the Secession since its foundation: "To every time its art: to art its freedom".

New Models for Promotion

In future, the Secession hopes to intensify its collaboration with private enterprises, both in the form of long-term partnerships and project-related co-operation, so as to consolidate its financial independence. Apart from this, up-to-date and promising models for art sponsorship are being developed with representatives from industry and the media, which will enable the Secession to reach new target audiences and implement mutually developed models of communication, as well as to ensure the sensible exploitation of any ensuing synergy. No attempt will made to paper over or even negate differences in opinion and contradictory stand points, as these should be accepted as a welcome opportunity for constructive criticism. However, the prerequisite for this is the acceptance of the absolute freedom of contemporary art on the part of the co-operating partners and the ability to accept different values.

If you are interested in cooperating with the Secession, send us a message.
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Venue hire

RENTING
The exhibition spaces can be rented for events, presentations, festivities etc.
Exhibiton Area: Main Hall (604 m2), Gallery (190 m2), Graphic Art Room (52 m2) Ver Sacrum Room (49 m2).
Information: office@secession.at Tel. 01-587 53 07-11