Press conference Secession Renovation Dome (2017/12/1) Photo: eSeL

The Secession will remain open to visitors and continue to present exhibitions during the renovations. However, for technical reasons, selected areas will be closed intermittently. The Beethoven Frieze will not be available for viewing from Monday 26 February up to and including Sunday, 9 March. Until further notice, regular opening hours apply.

Restoration of the Dome Begins

The Secession building is one of the most imposing works of Art Nouveau in Austria. Around three decades after the last general restoration, we have initiated a fresh round of measures to rehabilitate and modernize the heritage-protected building.

Restoration of the dome and façade

Rehabilitation of the façade and restoration of the dome starts in early December. The wrought-iron structure with a diameter of 28 feet will be dismantled for repair and enhancement of the supporting framework. Specialists will also resurface and regild the 2500 leaves and 311 berries. The dome is scheduled to be put back in place after ca. 6 months.

Additional rehabilitation measures

We plan to complete the renovation project in the fall of 2018. During this period, the Secession will remain open to visitors and continue to present exhibitions. However, for technical reasons, selected parts of the building will be closed intermittently. Working with Adolf Krischanitz, who also oversaw the most recent general restoration in 1985–86, we have drawn up the following list of measures:

  • Rehabilitation of the glass roof.
  • Barrier-free access to the Beethoven Frieze.
  • Modernization of the exhibition galleries (air conditioning and heating systems, illuminated ceilings, floors, fire control and protection, etc.).

Funding

According to the most recent estimate, the renovations will cost a total of €3.2 million. The Federal Chancellery and the City of Vienna have each contributed €1 million, leaving €1.2 million to be raised by the Secession. Fortunately, private donors have already pledged contributions covering the greater part of this sum; the remaining funding needs amount to just over a third of the Secession’s share.

Donation campaign

To defray the expenses for the restoration of the dome, the Secession has launched a donation campaign. For a contribution of €100, donors can be part of the preservation of this prominent Viennese landmark. The early response has been highly positive, and we hope for continued vigorous support. Please go to www.secession.at/en/dome for more information and to see an honor roll of donors.

Schedule:
2017
– August construction work on the façade begins with a performance of Doris Uhlich on the rear scaffolding, in cooperation with ImPulsTanz
– November/December the dome is dismantled
– December the second construction phase inside the building begins

2018
– April the re-gilded dome is assembled renovation of the glass roof
– June construction work is expected to be concluded