Secessionsgebäude : Michelin's recommendations
When it was completed on 10 November 1898, the Secession Pavilion represented a brutal intrusion of avant-garde architecture into the conventional sky of historicism, then very popular on the Ring. The site of this enormous white cube with a dome composed of 3 000 laurel leaves, made of gilded metal, the favourite metal of Academism, was perceived as provocation. It was rapidly given a few choice nicknames, «Mahdi's tomb» (after the famous Muslim leader of the Sudan, at war with England at the time) and, as it was not far from the popular Naschmarkt quarter, the dome was called the «golden cabbage). As an innovation it freed artists from considerable pressure, echoed by the motto on the façade which proudly proclaims, »to each century its art, to art its freedom«. The Secession movement created in1897 by Josef Maria Olbrich and his friends thus took the city, in a highly visible way and despite reticence, into the Avant-Garde style of the 20C, allowing it to play a role that only a few other European cities share with Vienna. The zenithal lighting and modular partitions of the Pavilion make it particularly suitable for the temporary exhibitions often held there. It also holds an additional treasure, located in the basement for security reasons: Gustave Klimt's dazzling Beethoven Frieze***, presented at the 14th Secession Exhibition in 1902, returned to the Pavilion in 1986. The painting, with its shimmering shapes and colours, is based on the various themes in the Ninth Symphony.
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