First up, we checked out the outside of the Secession building, built in 1897 as a base for the Secessionist movement of Viennese artists, who brought the ideas of the Art Nouveau & Jugendstil styles to the city. A strikingly futuristic building, over a century later.
Our main goal for the day was the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the former Habsburg art collection turned into a museum for all.
I left it too late to get 'Breughel' exhibit tickets, so I just had to content myself with some of the greatest art ever made.
Part of the Kunsthistorisches Museum is the 'Schatzkammer', or Treasure Chamber, filled with stuff the Habsburg monarchy had in their own homes. I particularly liked the tiny, carved prayer beads from the 16th century.
You have to see the proto-surrealist portraits of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who created faces out of related items.
He was a favourite of mad old Rudolf Ii, one of the many black sheep of the Habsburg dynasty.
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