Vienna Secession: 1898-1998: The Century of Artistic Freedom
With superb color reproductions and a wealth of previously unpublished material, this publication is an impressive kaleidoscope documenting 130 ... Show synopsis With superb color reproductions and a wealth of previously unpublished material, this publication is an impressive kaleidoscope documenting 130 exhibitions held over the last 100 years in the Vienna Secession, from the beginning of the Modern Movement to the art scene of our own time. "To the Times their Art -- To Art its Freedom", which appears on the facade of this famous gallery, was the motto of the pioneers of the Modern Movement. After a group of dissident Viennese artists "seceded" from the established artists' guild, they inaugurated their own exhibition space, the "Vienna Secession", in 1898. In 1902, Gustav Klimt painted the famous Beethoven Frieze for an exhibition, in the center of which stood Max Klinger's monumental sculpture of Beethoven. Today, the delightful Art Nouveau building by Joseph Maria Olbrich, with its striking golden dome of filigree laurel leaves and Klimt's spellbinding cycle of paintings, continues to captivate its visitors. Thanks to the many artists who exhibited at the Vienna Secession between 1898 and 1998, the development of international art during this period can be readily traced. Documents from the archive testify to a unique history, marked by artists' intentions and their experience with collectors, critics, and the public.