Joseph Maria Olbrich, draft for Secession, 1898, Archive of Secession

Too Modern for the First Row – The Architectural History of the Vienna Secession

Presentation on the occasion of the 150 year anniversary of Vienna’s Ringstraße

March 19 – October 11, 2015

The Association of Fine Artists Vienna Secession, founded in 1897, sought to create and promote modern art and to present this art in a new way and in a new context. When planning their own exhibition hall, the Secessionists commissioned the 30-year-old architect Joseph Maria Olbrich, then working at Otto Wagner’s firm. His building would later become a key work of Vienna art nouveau, thus marking a turning point when the historicism that shaped the Ring was becoming unfashionably outdated.