secession poster

49th Exhibition of the Vienna Secession (Secession 49. Ausstellung) (1918). Egon Schiele (Austrian, 1890-1918). Lithographed poster. MoMA.

This poster for the last Secessionist exhibition in which Schiele participated is based on a slightly earlier painting. Suggesting a Christ-like centrality not out of keeping with his personality, Schiele represents himself at the head of a table of friends reading, a number of whom have the tonsures of monks. Beyond its collegiate message, the print impresses as a formal arrangement of stark reductivity.

Secession—Ver Sacrum (Sacred Spring). Plakat zur XIX. Ausstellung der Wiener Secession (1904), Ferdinand Hodler (Swiss, 1853-1918). Poster, color lithograph. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Ver Sacrum (meaning “Sacred Spring” in Latin) was the official magazine of the Vienna Secession. Published from 1898 to 1903, it featured drawings and designs in the Jugendstil style along with literary contributions from distinguished writers from across Europe.

In honor of Beethoven’s birthday, enjoy this poster created by graphic designer Alfred Roller at the turn of the century. Roller was a member of the Vienna Secession, a group of young architects, designers and artists (including Gustav Klimt) committed to the unification of art forms. 

[Alfred Roller. Secession XIV, Beethoven (Poster for the 14th Secession exhibition, Vienna). 1902. The Museum of Modern Art, New York]

David Maljković has emerged in recent years as one of the most significant artists on the international arena, thanks to a body of works with which he investigates the cultural, social and political heritage of his country through an ongoing comparison of past, present and future, interpreted as hypothetical and interconnected dimensions of reality.

David Maljković, poster of Secession (2011)

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