"The new style" Art Nouveau - Jugendstil Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Art Nouveau - Jugendstil, Vienna: 55 reviews and 144 photos

  Secession Building
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At the same time as the old Imperial regime was singing its swan song with buildings like the Neue Rathaus that harked back to the mediaeval past, a new movement was about to be born. All across Europe this new style was developing, taking on different forms in different countries, but always characterised by the use of forms taken from nature and for its rejection of the historical inspiration that informed so much of 19th century art and architecture. In Vienna the new style was to become known as Jugendstil - Youth Style - and there are wonderful examples all over the city, both in complete buildings and small details.

The most extraordinary example must surely be the Secession Building with its fantastic golden dome of leaves sitting on top of a stark white cube of a building. Built in 1898 it caused a huge controversy, and continued to do so as the artists who exhibited their works there broke all the bounds of convention.

Jugendstil found its way into all aspects of design in the city in the years before WWI. Even street furniture was influenced. The Anker Clock on the Hoher Markt is a favourite example with locals and tourists alike, but two of my favourites are the mosaic nymphs on the Engel Apotheke shop on Bognergasse, the sole survivors of the many similar works that once adorned many of the city's shopfronts and a another building with flower-decked maidens - though I can't remember on which street I saw them,

Address: Secession Building - Freidrichstrasse 12

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  • Updated Oct 10, 2006
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