If you are a fan of Klimt try to go to Vienna this year. There will be many celebrations for his 150th birthday.

The Vienna Secession played a central role in the develpment of Modernism in Europe. For them, all arts were important. Each exhibition was “a total work of art” as Wagner described. Palas Atenea, as their protector, is a symbol of how the classic influence remains in their designs. Ver Sacrum (sacred spring) was a religious practise of Ancient Roman religion, and that was the name that they choose for their magazine.
Gold and ornaments were two very important elements that you can see in their work in many ways.

The Vienna Secession was founded in 1897 by artists Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Max Kurzweil, and others.

This summer will be amazing, I will be visiting 5 fabulous cities for my holidays. Vienna is one of them. I can’t wait to see the magnificent building that Olbrich designed for them to house Klimt’s work for the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven. Actually, the 14th Secession exhibition was designed by Josef Hoffmann was dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven. This work is still preserved and you can see the Beethoven’s frieze in this building. Gustave Mahler’s contribution involved his own interpretation of Beethoven’s work.

There is a house in Brussels, Belgium, called the “the Stoclet House¨ which is the perfect example of the multidisciplinary talent of this group. Unfortunately, it is subject to a legal battle, so is not open to the public. This house was commissioned by Adolphe Stoclet and it is the perfect example of the elegance and magnificence of the Viennese Secession. Everything that is inside is designed by them.

Klimt was one of the members of the secession, well known for his most famous painting “The Kiss” at the Vienna Belvedere, almost all his artwork speaks of erotism and passion. His paintings are very well known as is his laborous work of details and ornament, but his sketches are also wonderful. He made the most exquisite life drawings which are deinfitely worth seeing. He never married or committed to any woman, which is funny to think as his artworks are mostly of female figures, and many of them were his lovers.

These are the exhibitions that will be on this summer.

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts)
Exhibition: “Gustav Klimt at the Kunsthistorisches Museum”
14 February to 6 May 2012. for more info here

Wien Museum
Exhibition: “KLIMT – The Collection of the Wien Museum”
16 May to 16 September 2012. For more info here

For more information of the Secession Building and exhibitions here, click here

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