You probably already noticed – this year, everyone and especially Vienna celebrates the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. The composer has lived in Vienna almost its whole life, and that’s why there are a lot of events around his anniversary.
You’re probably thinking about classical music, horse carriages, and pastries, but did you know that Vienna was also crucial in the development of modern art and Art Noveau in particular? In 1897, a group of artists founded the Vienna Secession, so they could have a place to work and exhibit at, exactly how they wanted.
The most famous of these artists is, of course, Gustav Klimt, and his famous Beethoven Frieze is the main reason to not only admire the Secession building from the outside but to also have a look inside.
But let’s start at the beginning…