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Exhibition number: 1/I

  • Year 1898.
  • Data: Opened 26-03-1898 and ran for 3 months.
  • Location: The group rented the k.k. Gartenbau-Gesellschaft (Imperial and Royal  Horticultural Society) a large venue on Parkring in central Vienna.
  • Poster: Gustav Klimt (1862-1918).
  • Kunstausstellung der Vereinigung Bildender Künstler Österreichs.
  • The first exhibition attracted 57,000 visitors including Emperor Franz Joseph and a total of 218 works were sold. It was considered a financial success by the organizers and received positive reviews from most critics. The exhibition was also revolutionary in its approach to exhibition forms of exhibition design, primarily the responsibility of Joseph Hoffmann and Joseph Olbrich. Contrary to the traditional salon-style arrangement of pictures of the Künstlerhaus which had painting hung vertically up to the ceiling, Olbrich and Hoffmann hung all the pictures at eye level against backgrounds of white, dark red and dark green. The first exhibition also included an additional  room designed by Josef Hoffmann called the ‘Ver Sacrum room’ which introduced for the first time ‘Secession style’ to the public. The wall motifs, furniture and woodwork all deisgned by Hoffmann created a harmony between decoration and functionalism, and illustrated the Association’s concept of Gesamkunstwork (a harmony of the arts).

Year 1898Secession (exhibitions).

Year 1898Secession (exhibitions).

Exhibition number: 2/II

Exhibition number: 3/III

Exhibition number: 4/IV

Exhibition number: 5/V

Exhibition number: 6/VI

Exhibition number: 7/VII

Exhibition number: 8/VIII

Exhibition number: 9/IX

Included a memorial dedicated to artists Giovanni Segantini.

Exhibition number: 10/X

Exhibition number: 11/XI

Exhibition number: 12/XII

Exhibition number: 13/XIII

Exhibition number: 14/XIV

  • Year 1902.
  • Poster: Alfred Roller (1864-1935).
  • 04-1902 until 06-1902.
  • Beethoven Exposition.
  • 14-04-1902 Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (finale) for wind instruments. Opening of the exhibition.
  • Max Klinger (1857-1920): Beethoven statue.
  • Gustav Klimt (1862-1918): Beethoven frieze.
  • A total of 21 artists collaborated on the exhibition under the direction of Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956).
  • The exhibition centered around Max Klinger's Beethoven statue placed in the main hall. In addition to Klimt's Beethoven Frieze, wall paintings and decorations by Alfred Roller, Adolf Böhm, Ferdinand Andri and numerous other artists were presented. The declared aim of the exhibition was to reunite the separate arts - architecture, painting, sculpture and music - under a common theme: the "work of art" was to emerge from the interplay of the design of the rooms, the wall paintings and sculpture. Klimt's monumental wall cycle was located in the left-hand aisle, which visitors to the exhibition entered first. An opening in the wall offered a view of Max Klinger's Beethoven statue, indicating the interplay of architecture, painting (Klimt's Beethoven Frieze) and sculpture (Klinger's Beethoven) as soon as the visitor entered. The XIVth exhibition drew nearly 60,000 visitors, thus becoming one of the Secession's greatest public successes. It also proved fundamentally important to Klimt's further development, as well as that of numerous other participating artists: the ideal of the interplay and aesthetic integration of all artistic disciplines and the collaboration tested in the Beethoven exhibition was successfully continued by the Wiener Werkstätte, among others. Today the Beethoven Frieze is considered one of Klimt's key works and one of the high points of Viennese Art Nouveau.

Year 1902Secession (exhibitions).

Year 1902Secession (exhibitions).

Exhibition number: 15/XV

Exhibition number: 16/XVI

Exhibition number: 17/XVII

Year 1903Secession (exhibitions)Gustav Klimt (1862-1918).

Exhibition number: 18/XVIII

Exhibition number: 19/XIX

  • Year 1904.
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  • Date: 22-01-1904 - 06-03-1904
  • Location: Secession Building

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  • Year: 1918
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