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.).