Gild the Dome!
The Secession building is still undergoing renovations, its imposing golden dome is already finished. Thanks to all of you who have contributed to the gilding of the leaves! The donation campaign continues. 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 was time for a fresh round of renovations and modernizations. As part of this project, we also refurbished the dome, which measures over 25 feet in diameter.
Welders repaired and strengthened the framework supporting the wrought-iron structure; the foliage was taken down and cleaned before all leaves and berries were regilded.
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. You will receive an edition card with the leaf number.
All donations to the Secession are tax-deductible in accordance with § 4a Abs. 2 Z 5 EStG 1988.