The Secession Building was highly controversial when it was built in the late 1890s. The so-called "Secession" (also called "Jugendstil" or "young style") was a movement of young artists that objected to the plodding, formalistic style that dominated fin d’ siecle Vienna art and architecture. It featured artists and architects such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Josef Hoffmann, and Otto Wagner. The Wiener Werkstatte was a related organization formed to reform the fine arts.
The Secession Building was built as an exhibit hall for secession artists as well as to display the works of the still emerging Impressionist school. In a particularly "in your face" gesture, it was built right next to the traditional Academy of Fine Arts. The motto above the door reads "to every age its art and to art its freedom."
Posted by >lreed76 on 2009-08-31 01:56:38