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Secession House

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in Vienna, Austria.

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As a shocking monument against conventional taste, the Secession building by Joseph Maria Olbrich in Vienna has sustained its contrary reputation shockingly well. Nose-thumbing gestures by brash architects are not always appreciated - or even explicable - years later as impassioned motives behind a rebellion cool and anneal into orthodoxy. "But this white-walled temple to the arts, erected in 1898 as an exhibition space for young artists and designers Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Max Kurzweil, Josef Hoffmann, Alfred Roller, Egon Schiele, and others unhappy with the stuffiness of Viennese academia, continues to stand out from its peers, and to do so quietly." Vienna's Quiet Standout, by Richard B. Woodward

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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