- Vienna Secession
The Vienna Secession (also known as "the Union of Austrian Artists", or "Vereiningung Bildender Künstler Österreichs") was formed in 1897 by a group of Austrian artists who had resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists, housed in the Vienna Künstlerhaus. The first president of the Secession was
Gustav Klimt, and Rudolf von Altwas made honorary president.
The Vienna Secession was founded on
3 April 1897by artists Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Max Kurzweil, Otto Wagner, and others. The Secession artists objected to the prevailing conservatism of the Vienna Künstlerhaus with its traditional orientation toward Historicism. The Berlin and Munich Secessionmovements preceded the Vienna Secession, which held its first exhibition in 1898.
Also in 1898, the group's exhibition house was built in the vicinity of
Karlsplatz. Designed by Joseph Maria Olbrich, the exhibition building soon became known simply as "the Secession" ("die Sezession").
The group earned considerable credit for its exhibition policy, which made the
French Impressionistssomewhat familiar to the Viennese public. The 14th Secession exhibition, designed by Josef Hoffmannand dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven, was especially famous. A statue of Beethoven by Max Klingerstood at the center, with Klimt's Beethoven frieze mounted around it.
In 1903 Hoffmann and Moser founded the
Wiener Werkstätteas a fine-arts society with the goal of reforming the applied arts (arts and crafts).
14 June 1905Gustav Klimt and other artists left the Vienna Secession due to differences of opinion over artistic concepts.
tyle of the Secessionists
Unlike other movements, there is no one style that unites the work of all artists who were part of the Vienna Secession. The Secession building could be considered the icon of the movement. Above its entrance was carved the phrase "to every age its art and to art its freedom". Secession artists were concerned, above all else, with exploring the possibilities of art outside the confines of academic tradition. They hoped to create a new style that owed nothing to historical influence. In this way they were very much in keeping with the iconoclastic spirit of turn-of-the-century Vienna (the time and place that also saw the publication of
Freud's first writings).
The Secessionist style was exhibited in a magazine that the group produced, called "Ver Sacrum", which featured highly decorative works representative of the period.
Secessionist architects often decorated the surface of their buildings with linear ornamentation in a form commonly called whiplash or eel style.
Otto Wagner's Majolika Haus in Vienna(c. 1898) is a significant example of the Austrian use of line.
Wagner's way of modifying Art Nouveau decoration in a classical manner did not find favour with some of his pupils who broke away to form the Secessionists. One was
Josef Hoffmannwho left to form the Wiener Werkstätte, an Austrian equivalent of the Arts and Crafts movement. A good example of his work is the Stoclet Palacein Brussels(1905).
The Secession movement was selected as the theme for a commemorative coin: the 100 euro Secession commemorative coin minted in
November 10 2004.
On the obverse side there is a view of the Secession exhibition hall in
Vienna. The reverse side features a small portion of the " Beethoven Frieze" by Gustav Klimt. The extract from the painting features three figures: a knight in armor representing Armed Strength, one woman in the background symbolizing Ambition and holding up a wreath of victory, and a second woman representing Sympathy with lowered head and clasped hands.
Other Secession artists
Albert Paris von Gütersloh
*Schorske, Carl E. "Gustav Klimt: Painting and the Crisis of the Liberal Ego" in "Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture". Vintage Books, 1981. ISBN 0-394-74478-0
* [http://www.iklimt.com iKlimt.com, Life and Work of Gustav Klimt]
* [http://woka.com/infos/english/designer/hoffmann.asp Josef Hoffmann Biografie at WOKA (de/en)]
* [http://woka.com/infos/index.asp?go=english/designer/ww.asp Wiener Werkstaette]
* [http://woka.com/infos/index.asp?go=english/designer/index.asp Arts and Crafts in Vienna 1900]
* [http://www.szecesszio.com szecesszio.com - Secession in Hungary]
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