Artist

Joseph Maria Olbrich (* 22.12.1867 – † 08.08.1908)

 Co-Worker

Gustav Klimt (Beethoven frieze)

 Year 

1897-1898

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 Style

The motto of the Secession, "Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihre Freihei" constitutes a sort programmatic goal for the building itself.
Olbrich’s design was for a wing with a central entrance, surrounded by side rooms and a hall adjoining exhibition hall. The representative entry part combines the exterior walls of solid cubes as a structured entity, the center of a golden dome surrounded by four pylons. The pure white plaster facades have been geometrically arranged and adorned with a decoration in an entirely new, stylized shapes. Vegetable and geometric ornaments, such as the laurel trees growing up along the edges were cut directly in the plastering and completely flat on hold. The decoration also came to symbolic significance. Main motive was the laurel tree, the crown of the broken, of gilded leaves and berries, and the existing dome "Ver Sacrum" symbolizes the dawn of the new art . The smooth, white facades meant not a step to sobriety, but were an expression of purity and grandeur, "Walls … white and shiny, holy and chaste "(Olbrich). Forms, which give the effect of a "reliance on an archaic geometry" (Achleitner), the construction of a sacral taste. With the reduction to the basic form refers to the origin that is associated with a claim to renewal. The hall for exhibitions, however, was conceived to create an environment at the same time simple and functional, flexible, and covered by tent-like roofs of uniform glass skylight. It was designed for exhibitions of contemporary art and became a pioneering prototype. The so utterly new and strange-looking entrance, constructed of three interlocking cubes with a central, domed hall, however, followed a tradition, (approach inherited from his teacher Hasenauer Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna), which Olbrich in 1891 used his design for the Museum of Decorative Arts Opava had.

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 References


Article on Der Architekt (Volume 5, 1899)

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