Friday, 20 July 2012

Viennese Art Nouveau
The Secession Pavilion


Gilded Laurel Leaves
Dome on the roof of
the Secession Pavilion

Medusa Masks
above the entrance

One of two planters
designed by Joseph Maria Olbrich

The Secession Pavilion
by architect Joseph Maria Olbrich
built during 1897-1898


The Pavilion was damaged during WWII and looted in 1945
In 1973, the Austrian government purchased
and restored this Art Nouveau jewel
Photographed 19 July 2012 - Images and Text © by Merisi

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28 comments:

  1. Beautiful building!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. Gorgeous. Happy sky watching and a great weekend to you and yours.

    My Sky shots.

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    1. Same to you, enjoy yours!

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  3. A planter or a really big and beautiful cafe au lait bowl? :-)

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    1. Very well disguised emergency caffein station, serves 5,000 at one setting. ;-)

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  4. Love those Medusa masks and the INCREDIBLE planter! Gorgeous.

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    1. There is a villa in the 13th District (Hietzing), with another set of these planters by Olbrich (he only other set he ever designed). Every time I walk by I think "those lucky ducks!".

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  5. Beautiful skies, love the gilded laurel leaves and the planters are terrific! Wonderful captures for the day as always, Merisi! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. On the rooftop, underneath the dome, which is open to the sky, there are actually beehives. Imagine that!
      A great weekend to you too, Sylcia!

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  6. Merisi, these photos are marvelous as your photos always are. What a high standard you reach over and over. And...on the topic of reaching, I was alarmed to read about your near disaster while reaching for that turquoise color band at the horizon. Suffering for one's art is a concept, but surviving in a healthy state to another dawn is another worthy concept.

    Hoping you are well. Greedily looking forward to your next post. I have been reading a Vienna travel guide book, filled with many photos, but think that having years of access to your Vienna for Beginners really presents such a more beautiful, tempting, changing view of your city.

    xo

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    1. Frances,
      I hope I learned something from that spill! ;-)
      A bit of headache is all that remains, and knees looking like a child's who played a bit too rough in the streets.
      So good to have you as a friend,
      Merisi

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  7. So happy it was rescued and restored. That planter is gorgeous!

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    1. Would have been a pity to loose this precious temple to the arts!

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  8. Neat SkyWatch Friday!!
    LL

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    1. Thank you, Lori Lynn! :-)

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  9. Such a beautiful planter.
    Great pictures.

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    1. Yes, indeed! Thank you! :-)

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  10. I am always impressed when I walk by this building on my way to the Naschmarkt. Nice.

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    1. Valery, every time I spy that "Golden Cabbage", it warms my heart.

      I had not planned on taking pictures, just a quick walk down Naschmarkt after lunch. But then the sky was so incredibly beautiful, I had to walk around the building and take pictures, even though I had only a 50mm lens on the camera. In the end, there's always plenty to "see" and discover.

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  11. Lovely shots indeed. Looks well maintained.
    Thanks for the visit.

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  12. Ein wundervolles Gebäude und ein grandioses Bild!

    ganz liebe Grüße und eine schönes Sommerwochenende für dich,

    isabella

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  13. Thank you all for your kind comments! :-)

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  14. Astonishing architecture!
    who needs Paris?

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