Working on the dome

The restoration of the building took place while the Secession remained open to visitors. The works on the Secession dome were carried out in almost every weather.
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Renovation of the Secession in 1986

More than 30 years ago the most recent restoration of the Secession building took place. In the basement a new space for the display of the Beethoven frieze was constructed.
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Donation campaign Gild the Dome!

Our donation campaign Gild the Dome! was very successful. More than 1.500 donors have contributed to the gilding of the leaves of the Secession dome. This great response not only means a substantial support, but also highlights the great enthusiam among the population for the Secession. We would like to thank all those who have […]
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Just gilded

In the workshop of the gilding company Kratochwill around 2,500 leaves and over 342 berries of the Secession dome were gilded with gold leaf.
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Gilding of the leaves

In the workshop of gilding company Kratochwill and the restorers Ulrike Rossmeissl and Wolfgang Schwarzkogler, around 2,500 leaves and over 342 berries of the Secession dome were painted and then gilded with gold leaf.
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The Secession without its dome

It was an unusual sight to see the Secession without its characteristic “Krauthappel”. The dome was dismantled for renovations between November 2017 and May 2018.
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Images of the construction site

The basement of the Secession has been redesigned. A room for events, new sanitary facilities and new elevators have been installed. In the room with the Beethoven Frieze a new LED light ceiling was installed. Photos: Secession
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The leaves are falling…

At the beginning of November 2017, the dismantling of the dome started. All leaves and the support structure were removed to be restored for several months.
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