This is another of those peculiar building I came across in Vienna apart from Hundertwasserhaus. Known as the Vienna Secession, it was built in Art Nouveau style in 1897 by an Austrian architect, Joseph Maria Olbrich.
The building houses a collection of art exhibitions from the Secession movement which was formed by a group of Austrian artists. Their aim of the movement was to promote the current trends in contemporary art as a protest against Europe’s increasingly conservative art establishment.
What I find particularly eye-catching is the laurel leaves which grabs all the attention, away from the other buildings on the street. It comprised of 3,000 gold-plated leaves and 700 berries that rest on top of the building, symbolizing victory, dignity and purity.
As we walked passed the building, we came upon the Three Gorgons, at the entrance with each having a different symbolic meaning. One is for architecture and the other two represent sculpture and painting. We're not art buffs, so we didn't go inside but we did enjoy the unique architecture from the outside.
Here's a closer look at the three gorgons. They are terrifying creatures in Greek mythology. The eerie set of eyes with the dangling serpents give me the creeps.
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