VIENNA SECESSION ART MOVEMENT
In the late 19th century,
there was a powerful "secession" from European art,
led by a group of progressive artists in Vienna.
At the forefront was Gustav Klimt (1868-1918),
painter, sculptor, architect.
His art, style and design left an indelible imprint
on the direction of 20th century art and architecture.
The most notable center for this "break away" design
is the Secession, built in 1878, which attracted
Viennese artists and designers who stressed
purer geometric forms into designs.
The gold dome of the Secession Museum is
a "shrine of Klimt design and art",
and contains the famous unfinished Beethoven mural
and a collection of his erotic paintings.
Vienna celebrates the great works and design
of Gustav Klimt at the Belvedere and Secession museums
this year (honoring the 150th anniversary of his birth.)