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Vienna celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Klimt in 2012 with special exhibitions of his work. It is well worth starting your walking tour of his home city at the Secession building, positioned a short walk from the Museum Quarter. The iconic white gallery, with its dome of golden leaves, was built in 1897 as an exhibition house for the Vienna Secessionists. Founded by Klimt and his contemporaries, the art movement advocated a new kind of modernism with an emphasis on abstract design and pure form. Inside, Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze is a sensual entangling of gorgons, monsters and female nudes with flowing hair painted on to three walls. It was created for the 14th Vienna Secessionist exhibition of 1902 and is considered one of the artist’s most important works.
Entry € 8.50 ($11.35). Open Tues-Sun 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. Friedrichstrasse 12; secession.at/e.html