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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.

Thanks to all supporters

  • Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder
  • David und Sarah Liska
  • Ute Müller & Christoph Meier
  • Daniel Buchholz
  • Ellena Roider
  • Martha Stutteregger
  • Schmidt Christine
  • Gerda Lehner
  • Jabornegg & Pálffy Architekten
  • Der König von Hintersdorf
  • Andreas & Wolfgang Palfi
  • Gerhard Nesvadba
  • Ing. Josef Palfi
  • Für Werner Würtinger, Präsident der Secession
  • Lotte Kammerer, 30. April 2017
  • Mein Chef ist die Kunst
  • Geraldine, Caroline, Veronika und Roland Jettmar
  • Für Franziska H.
  • Brigitta Fuchs
  • W.Daniel
  • Chrsitopher Müller
  • Dipl.-Ing Mario Muri
  • Astrid Reinbold
  • Sophie Stolberg
  • Silvia Eiblmayr
  • EmbeddedTec
  • Familie Bunnemann
  • Anna Liska und Franz Zar
  • Gunhild Schweizer: Happy Birthday
  • Dvir Gallery
  • Susanne El Hagin
  • Johanna Keller
  • Karola Kraus
  • Gila Russo: Happy Birthday
  • Mitch Bilina
  • Willem de Rooij
  • Paul Rachler
  • Christina Abrahamsberg
  • Gerda Marie-Luise Padar
  • Elisabeth Schlebrügge, Johannes Schlebrügge
  • Diesen Kuss der Secession .. Thomas Muszak
  • für Mark von Ille
  • Helena W.
  • Marieluise Unterlercher
  • Jakob C. Fastner
  • Klaus Straßgürtl
  • Deborah W.
  • Carina & Thomas Leitgeb-Simandl
  • Karl und Frieda Schuber
  • Amrei Sommer
  • Ariane & Eva & Walter Tinkl
  • Ulli & Udo Bunnemann
  • Philippa Sharp
  • Loumi
  • Erika Bartsch
  • Familie Eckart Paris Wien Graz Altenmarkt
  • Joachim Pargfrieder
  • Seeggers
  • Franz Seilern
  • in memoriam Maria Kubicek
  • Josef & Maria Luise Priwitzer - Zur Goldenen Hochzeit
  • Florian Pumhösl Studio
  • Margareta Wenzel
  • Ischgl Rent
  • Renate Buber
  • Familie Fritsche Eisenstadt
  • Bernd Herrmann
  • Katrin Keller
  • Bernhard Kleber + Matthias Herrmann
  • A.Thaler
  • Katinka und Balazs - Keep on shining
  • PAULS Paul Scherzer
  • Tofol and Martin Goggins Campos
  • Grossneffete von Josef Hoffmann
  • Luca, Megan, Georg
  • Peter Frey
  • Gerda Maria Lehner
  • N. Weinstabl
  • Nicolas Klug
  • IVO
  • G.Sakuler
  • Martin Grabler
  • Heimo Lagler
  • Familie Szücs
  • M+W
  • Sabeth Buchmann
  • Dr. Rudda Gesellschaft m.b.H.
  • Walter Bauer
  • Dmitri Mironov
  • Brigitte Schiller
  • Interkool
  • Eva Blimlinger
  • Christian Auinger
  • Elfriede Frank
  • Manfred OLBRICH, Marion OLBRICH gest. 06.05.1998
  • Gudrun Stoss
  • Philipp Krenn
  • Vera & Georg Lorber
  • Roland Steferl*18.10.2012*Andreas Pany
  • Alfred Percsy
  • Angelika & Erich Svoboda in ewiger Liebe!
  • Roman Sabrina Tanja Tamara
  • Martin Beck
  • Christian Mayer Privatstiftung
  • Ing. Günther Brtnicky
  • Wolfgang Krauss
  • Georgia Olbrich
  • Vienna Walks & Talks
  • Die Königin von Hintersdorf
  • Alois Ilse Radinger zur goldenen Hochzeit
  • Dirk und Uta Hutter