In 1897 a group of nineteen Austrian artists founded the Vienna Secession, a group comprised of painters, sculptors, and architects. After the founding, they began construction of a building to house selected art collections. The Secession Building today is a functioning modern art gallery, which is what you should be prepared to see inside, not jugend/art nouveau art. Except, of course, the 120 foot Beethoven frieze, the buildings most famous piece. Many patrons go for the building alone, which is a beautiful piece of art itself and an example of the style of early 19th century progressive Vienna. After nearly being demolished in World War II, it was restored to its current condition. Inside, there are changing exhibits of modern art, but the Beethoven frieze is always there. Check the website to see what current exhibits are showing and if they are of interest to you.
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