• Discover the influential group of innovative young artists who ‘seceded’ from the Austrian art establishment in 1897, including Gustav Klimt and Otto Wagner
• Understand the Secessionists’ links with their Art Nouveau and Jugendstil contemporaries and their influence on the Expressionist and Modernist movements
• Enjoy guided architectural tours and visits to Vienna’s leading art museums
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Depart London Heathrow 1220 on British Airways, arriving Vienna 1525. Transfer to Hotel Mailberger Hof for four nights. Introductory lecture.
Morning: walking tour looking at buildings in the city centre (including Karlsplatz metro station designed by Wagner and Olbrich), followed by visit to the Secession Building (Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze). Afternoon: visit to MAK (Museum of Applied Arts). Free evening.
Majolika House and Schönbrunn metro station (exteriors) followed by suburb of Hietzing: villa exteriors and cemetery (graves of Klimt and Wagner). Private tour of Klimt Villa & Studio. Afternoon: Wagner’s villas in Hütteldorf (exteriors) followed by private tour of Church of St Leopold in the grounds of Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital.
Morning: visits to Wagner’s Postal Savings Bank and Belvedere Museum (Klimt/Schiele galleries). Afternoon: visit to Leopold Museum.
Morning lecture followed by visit to Karl Marx-Hof (famous 1920s housing complex) and Steinfeldgasse (Hoffmann villas – exteriors). Depart Vienna 1630, arriving Heathrow 1750.
9 May — 13 May 2022
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour requires a good level of fitness and mobility, as it will involve significant amounts of walking and standing, including over cobbled streets and up steps. Some journeys will be made by tram.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £150.
CHRISTOPHER BOURNE WRITES
"While the Art Nouveau movement had merely ruffled a few feathers in Brussels, its Austrian equivalent caused outrage among the conservative ruling class in Vienna, from Emperor Franz-Josef down, causing a group of young radical artists to formerly ‘secede' from the Association of Austrian Artists in 1897. You may have noticed that the young psychoanalyst Dr Max Liebermann, one of the leading characters in Frank Tallis's Vienna Blood novels and the BBC TV adaptation, is a fan of Secessionist designs. The Secessionists included artists, sculptors, graphic designers, furniture designers and architects. Join us to find out what all the fuss was about and to visit buildings and works of art produced in this turbulent period in Austrian history that would influence so many modern and contemporary artists.”
Cost of £1745 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a superior twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four lunches, three dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, superior double room for single use supplement £235.