Art Nouveau - Jugendstil, Vienna

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  • Majolika Haus

    by Mariajoy Written Aug 19, 2005

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    This beautiful building designed in the Art Nouveau style by Otto Wagner in 1898 is situated just a short walk from my hotel at the U-bahn stop "Kettenbrueckengasse" on Linke Wienzeile. The building is decorated with glazed tiles of green leaves and pink roses and blue flowers... and it is absolutely gorgeous - don't miss this!! It is a private apartment building so obviously not open to the public. I saw it early on a sunny Sunday morning and it was just stunning!

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    Art Nouveau in Karlsplatz. Wagner Pavillion

    by Ekaterinburg Written Jan 1, 2007

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    The most outstanding feature in Karlsplatz, apart from Karlskirche is the bijou, green, gold and white pavillion by Otto Wagner. Wagner designed the city transit railway stations and the finest are these two at Karlsplatz (1898) and the one at Schonbrunn. The pavillion is a very fine example of secessionist architecture and the details on it are well worth examining. Flowers, leaves and loads of gilding break up the rather dull green. Unfortunately, the Pavillion is only open from April to October so I could only see it from outside. Opening hours in season are from 9 am- 6 pm daily except Monday.

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    The new style

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Oct 10, 2006

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    At the same time as the old Imperial regime was singing its swan song with buildings like the Neue Rathaus that harked back to the mediaeval past, a new movement was about to be born. All across Europe this new style was developing, taking on different forms in different countries, but always characterised by the use of forms taken from nature and for its rejection of the historical inspiration that informed so much of 19th century art and architecture. In Vienna the new style was to become known as Jugendstil - Youth Style - and there are wonderful examples all over the city, both in complete buildings and small details.

    The most extraordinary example must surely be the Secession Building with its fantastic golden dome of leaves sitting on top of a stark white cube of a building. Built in 1898 it caused a huge controversy, and continued to do so as the artists who exhibited their works there broke all the bounds of convention.

    Jugendstil found its way into all aspects of design in the city in the years before WWI. Even street furniture was influenced. The Anker Clock on the Hoher Markt is a favourite example with locals and tourists alike, but two of my favourites are the mosaic nymphs on the Engel Apotheke shop on Bognergasse, the sole survivors of the many similar works that once adorned many of the city's shopfronts and a another building with flower-decked maidens - though I can't remember on which street I saw them,

    Secession Building Jugenstil streetlamp Anker clock Mosaic nymphs Where were they?
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    Flower Power:The Majolikahaus

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Jun 9, 2007

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    Very close to Karlsplatz and the Naschmarkt, on Linke Wienzeile, are two of Otto Wagner's other most famous buildings. Right next to each other at nos. 38 and 40 they were part of Wagner's plan to transform the whole route to Schonbrun into a sort of Art Nouveau Ringstrasse. Both buildings have ground floors which are in commercial use and clearly seperate from the residential floors over head. No 38 is more low-key with gold palm leaves and medallions but no 40 is ( to me anyhow), much more striking. The tiles it is clad with are hard-wearing majolica - hence the name, Majolika House. On these reddish/pink tiles Wagner designed an elaborate flower/tree/vine motif and it is this that gives the house its freshness and charm.

    Please click on photo 3 to see no. 38 Linke Wienzeile - you may prefer its gold embossed palm leaves to the red flowers of no. 40. It's hard to make a choice as they are both stylistically amazing.

    detail of Wagner's Majolikahaus Wagner's Majolikahaus No 39 Linke Weinzeile
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    Secession

    by dvideira Written Apr 23, 2004

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    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.
    This building is considered to be Europe's first example of 20th-century architecture.
    The Secession Movement was created by group of dissatisfied Viennese artists, headed by Gustav Klimt. They broke with the conservative artists associated with the Academy of Fine Arts to promote the radically new kind of art known as Jugendstil, which was inspired by the the organic, fluid designs of Art Nouveau and the more geometric designs of the English Arts and Crafts movement.

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    Secession

    by dvideira Written Apr 23, 2004

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    Me, happy, after leaving the building...

    This was one of the first places I went, in order to see the Beethoven Frieze which is considered one of Gustav Klimt's key works and one of the high points of Viennese Art Nouveau.

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    Secession

    by morgenhund Written Oct 30, 2005

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    It is good fortune that the secession still survives - even if it has now been immortalized on the Austrian 50 cent coin. The Secession was built in 1897-8 and was designed by Josef Olbrich. After severe damage in World War II it was not until the 1980s that it was restored to its original glory.

    In its centenary year, it was sponge painted red. Its dome (cupola) of golden laurel leaves has been ornately restored - it is a sight to behold being an orgy of gold-plated leaves. The entrance is also grand - with the motto "Der Zeit ihre Kunst, der Kunst ihre Freiheit" - "To the age its art, to art its freedom" as well as three gorgons above the door representing Malerei, Architektur and Plastik - painting, architecture and sculpture. Above the entrance you can read the motto of the secessionist: "Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihre Freiheit."

    Inside there is the very controversial and famous Beethoven frieze - which looks remarkably unfinished and which was conceived as a homage to the composer for a 1902 exhibition, which was Gustav Klimt's contribution to the exhibition. Otherwise the Secession has now become a home to contemporary art - there are a range of constantly changing exhibitions - as well as a customary over-priced souvenir shop.

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    Secession - a great art nouveau-building

    by globetrott Updated Jul 30, 2012

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    The Secession is one of the most important and well known Art Nouveaubuildings in Vienna and it is also shown on the 20 cents-coin of Austria.
    It was built as an exhibition-hall by austria artists, called "Vereinigung Bildender KünstlerInnen Österreichs Wiener Secession"
    The architect was Joseph Maria Olbrich, just 30 years and he was working in the artelier of Otto Wagner.At first the building was planned for a place along the Ringstrasse, but the city-government did not like its architecture and gave its permission to build this museum only outside of the Ringstrasse and only as a temporary solution "only for the time of 10 years" as you still can read in the city-annals of 1897.
    In 1898 the building was finished and the local people in Vienna still call it "Krauthappel" (cabbage).
    Take a walk around the Krauthappel and take a look at the lovely details !
    Secession is open for visitors :
    Tuesdays - Sundays : 10.00am - 06.00pm
    guided tours each Saturday at 03.00pm
    and Sunday at 11.00am
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    opening-times for X-mas in 2009:
    December 24th : 10.00am - 04.00pm
    December 25th : closed !
    Jan 1st : 10.00 - 06.00pm

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    Secession Building

    by Ekaterinburg Written Jun 9, 2007

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    Of all the Art Nouveau buildings in Vienna this is probably the most unusual. Approaching, it looks more like a mosque or temple with ts huge golden dome. This striking feature is an intricately wrought globe of gilded bronze laurel leaves, known somewhat irreverently as the 'golden cabbage' by the locals. The building was completed in 1898 and was the headquarters of the artists in the Secessionist movement. Outside, in a plethora of decorative features, Klimt's door with writhing snake handles is probably the most beautiful.

    Inside there is an upstairs hall which houses temporary exhibitions and downstairs in the basement is the Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt. This wonderful piece of art is on permanent display but sadly I can make no observations on it as I didn't get inside to check it out. To my absolute fury I forgot that it was there and only remebered on the plane coming home. Perhaps I have here an excuse to visit Vienna for the third time !

    Open Tuesday - Sunday 10-18hr, Thursday, 10-20hr.

    Door of the Secesion Building The 'golden cabbage' Secession Building
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    Beethovenfries inside the Secession

    by globetrott Updated Jul 30, 2012

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    The Beethovenfries was made by Gustav Klimt in 1902 but a big part of it is missing because it was ment just for a short exhibition and thrown away afterwards. A part of it was saved by an art-collector and now it is the best exhibit inside the well-known Secession-museum.
    The other rooms of the secession are showing modern art, mostly installations of a strange kind, so the Beethovenfries might be the only reason to go there for most of the tourists.
    Secession is open for visitors :
    Tuesdays - Sundays : 10.00am - 06.00pm
    guided tours each Saturday at 03.00pm
    and Sunday at 11.00am
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    opening-times for X-mas in 2009:
    December 24th : 10.00am - 04.00pm
    December 25th : closed !
    Jan 1st : 10.00 - 06.00pm

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    Secession

    by ruki Updated Sep 18, 2009

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    It looks a little strangely with this gold roof but it is very effective art deco facade. The Vienna Secession is also known as the Union of Austrian Artists and its was formed in 1897 by a group of Austrian artists who had resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists. The museum specializes on contemporary art. Often artists change the outside of the building by adding sculptures or changing the lightening. The idea of the 'gesamtkunstwerk' and of adapting the room/museum to add to the art work presented is still alive!

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    The Secession Building

    by von.otter Updated Nov 25, 2008

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    “Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihre Freiheit” (“For every time its art. For art its Freedom”)
    — Slogan that once appeared on the exterior of the Secession Building, removed during a 1908 renovation

    A golden cabbage, that is how the snickering Viennese ridiculed the gilded laurel-leafed cupola above Josef Maria Olbrich’s 1898 exhibition hall. Built in a six-month period for the Association of Visual Artists Vienna Secession to display works of that modern movement, today it’s known simply as the Secession Building.

    The gallery’s most famous work of art — other than the building itself — is the Beethoven Frieze, painted in 1902 by the leader of the Secessionists, Gustav Klimt. Just as I’m unsettled by most of Klimt’s work, so the Frieze too leaves me uneasy. The figures are so gaunt, ghostly, and downright ugly!

    The Secession Building’s main decorative feature is the laurel leaf. It can be found on the pilasters of the front and the anterior wing, as well as in the entrance recess, and in the garlands on the building’s side. The most striking application of this natural motif is the 3,000 gilt leaves and 700 berries of the dome.

    Representing architecture, sculpture and painting, three masks of the Gorgons decorate the recess above the entrance door (see accompanying photo). Owls (see accompanying photo), attributes of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, victory and the arts, are featured on the outside sidewalls; these are the designs of Kolo Moser. This Classical symbolism is used in a fresh interpretation by Joseph Maria Olbrich.

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    OTTO WAGNER KARLSPLATZ

    by mel_bee Updated Jul 23, 2003

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    Otto Wagner is a famous Austrian architect whose nouveau art creations can be seen all over the city. I really like this period of art especially all the patterns which can be found. At the U1/2/4 station Karlsplatz (Oper) there are two of his pavillions which are the entrance to the underground. One of the pavillions is a cafe today whilst the other is a museum, unfortunately closed at the moment. I caught this building at sunset when the gold reflects the orange of the sunshine.

    Photo: M. Collins 2003

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  • My favourite building, the Secession

    by sabsi Written Sep 9, 2006

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    Close to Naschmarkt you find my favourite building in Vienna, the very stylish Secession. It was built in Art Nouveau style in 1898 by Joseph Maria Olbrich. It used to be the house of the Secessionists, a group of young artists in the end of the 19th century. Today it houses changing exhibitions as well as Klimt's "Beethoven-Fries". Unfortunately we didn't have time to have a look inside but the outside views are nice as well.

    On top of the building there's a golden dome out of laurel leaf. The locals call it "Goldener Krauthappl" (golden cabbage). All around the building you will find golden decorations and writings. The most famous one is located above the front door. It says "Der Zeit ihre Kunst, der Kunst ihre Freiheit".

    When the building was finished the people of Vienna hated it and wanted to tear it down immediately. Common opinions were that the Secession looked like a "Temple for Bullfrogs", "A Temple of the Anarchic Art Movement" or "A bastard between temple and warehouse". Today it is one of the attractions of Vienna. And it even found its way onto the Austrian 50 cent coins!

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    Beautiful Places to Live

    by von.otter Updated Mar 22, 2009

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    “What is impractical can never be beautiful.”
    — Otto Wagner (1841-1918)

    What delight it would be to walk out of the apartment building at Linke Wienzeile No. 40 each morning and return to it each evening. It was designed by Otto Wagner; it is known as Majolika House (1898-1899) for its façade (see photos #1 & #2) that is lavishly decorated with sheets of majolica painted with fuchsia and blue flowers, and their sensuously curving, climbing green leaves and stems. What a flight of fancy the designer, Wagner’s student Alois Ludwig, took with this building. Today Majolika Haus has retail shops at the ground floor level and private apartments on its upper floors.

    Or I would settle for living next door, at Linke Wienzeile No. 38. Another exemplary piece of Secessionist architecture, a residential building also designed by Wagner, No. 38, is known as Medallion House, for the gilded medallions on the façade (see photos #3 & #4); they are the work of Kolo Moser (1886-1918), who founded Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshops) with Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956).

    Majolika Haus, Vienna, January 2002 Majolika Haus, Vienna, January 2002 Medallion Haus, Vienna, January 2002 Medallion Haus, Vienna, January 2002
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