The Secession Building – Joseph Maria Olbrich – 1898
The Viennese Secession movement, was founded by a group of artists including Gustav Klimt, Josef Hoffman and Joseph Maria Olbrich. The secession building was designed by Olbrich and built as an exhibition centre.
In the basement of the building there is a very special piece of artwork by Klimt, the Beethoven Frieze which is painted on the upper walls in one of the rooms and was a real treat to discover.
The Secession building has been immortalised in the 50 cent euro coin proving its popularity 120 years later.