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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

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