Gild the Dome!
The Secession building and its imposing golden dome are undergoing renovations—and with a contribution of €100 you can lend one of the leaves new splendor.
A spectacular Viennese landmark
The Secession’s home is one of the best-known works of art nouveau in the world. Visible from afar, the dome of interwoven golden laurel branches is composed of 2,500 leaves and more than 300 berries. It was constructed in 1897–98 based on designs by Joseph Maria Olbrich. The play of shimmering hues and manifold light reflexes makes the foliage seem almost alive. “Cabbage head,” the mocking name the Viennese coined for it, has long become a term of endearment.
Safeguarding a precious cultural asset
Around three decades have passed since the last general restoration, and so it is time for a fresh round of renovations and modernizations. As part of this project, we will also refurbish the dome, which measures over 25 feet in diameter. Welders will repair and strengthen the framework supporting the wrought-iron structure; the foliage will be taken down and cleaned before we regild all leaves and berries.
Made possible by your support
We would be delighted if you would contribute to preserving this important Viennese landmark. Unless you let us know that you would prefer to remain anonymous, your name will be listed on an electronic roll of honor. All donations to the Secession are tax-deductible in accordance with § 4a Abs. 2 Z 5 EStG 1988.