Short course
The Vienna Secession: 1897-1918

Wednesday 18 April 2018 - Wednesday 27 June 2018

  • Wednesday 18 April 2018 - Wednesday 27 June 2018

  • Seminar Room 5

  • Course price £380.00 - £507.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

As 2018 marks one hundred years since the deaths of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner and Koloman Moser, the leading lights of the Vienna Secession, the time is ripe to assess the importance of this renaissance in the arts. This ten-week Short Course explores how artists grappled with conundrums that still resonate today: the relationship of art to society and how should artists respond to modern life.

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Dr Anne Anderson

Course Leader Dr Anne Anderson

Dr Anne Anderson, FSA, Hon. Associate Professor Exeter University is a writer and broadcaster currently engaged in curating an exhibition for Southampton City Art Gallery and Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth. She has held several prestigious fellowships and lectures widely.

I have taken many Short Courses at the V&A and I come away each week feeling inspired, stimulated by the facts, and wishing to know even more. 2015/2016 Short Course Student

Course Overview

The Secession artists strove to live by their motto ‘To each age its Art, to Art its freedom’. Their detractors accused them of revelling in the ugly, and of bringing art down into the gutter with their pornographic and blasphemous imagery. Klimt and Schiele tackled taboo subjects; Klimt celebrated the sexual woman, while Schiele was fascinated by the fragility of youthful innocence. In a climate of ‘political correctness’, today’s audience might still be shocked; however, with the distance of time, their works permit us to tackle sensitive issues, allowing us to explore aspects of the human condition, notably birth and death, love and loss, and desire. Reading Edmund de Waal’s Hare with the Amber Eyes (2010) and watching The Woman in Gold (2015) will help us to evaluate our perception of Vienna’s ‘golden age’.

This 10 week course will have a half term on the 30 May.

£507 full price, £456 over 60s, £380 concessions
(concessions are available for ES40 holders and registered disabled people)


Explore the subjects you love

Delve deeper into the subjects you love and enjoy thought-provoking lectures in a group who share your passion. Refreshments served on arrival each day.

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Short course: The Vienna Secession: 1897-1918

18 April 2018 - 27 June 2018

£380.00 - £507.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)