Doris Uhlich, Seismic Session, 2017, Photo: Boris Kopeinig

The renovation of the Secession will take place during the normal exhibition activity. However, for technical reasons it will be necessary to undertake staggered partial closures. 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.

Renovation 2017/18

Roughly three decades after the last general renovation, we are ready to start a new round of restoration and modernization measures.

In consultation with Adolf Krischanitz, who supervised the previous general renovation in 1985–1986, we have drawn up the following list of rehabilitation measures:

– restoration of the “Golden Cupola”, including re-gilding of the ca. 2500 leaves and ca. 311 berries
– renovation of the heritage-protected façade and the glass roof
– modernization of the galleries (air conditioning, floors, bathrooms, etc.)
– Barrier-free access to the Beethoven Frieze

The Federal Chancellery, the City of Vienna, and the Secession have pledged a total of € 2.8 million for the needed construction work. The Federal Government and the City of Vienna each provide € 1 million, while the Secession itself will need to raise the remaining € 0.8 million.

– 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

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

Every effort will be made to keep the building and exhibitions open to visitors while construction is in progress. Until further notice, regular opening hours apply.