One of the world’s finest art collections has been housed since 1805 in the Albertina, a grand Viennese palace in the Neoclassical style. The palace takes its name from the collection’s founder, Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen (1738-1822), a son-in-law of Austrian Empress Maria Theresa (1717-80). It was built in 1744 for Count Emanuel Teles Silva-Tarouca (1696-1771).
Graphic Arts Collection: The Albertina safeguards one of the most important and extensive graphic art collections in the world. It comprises around 50,000 drawings and watercolours, as well as some 900,000 graphic art works, ranging from the Late Gothic era to the present.
In spring 2007, one of Europe’s greatest private collections of classical modern art came to the Albertina as a permanent loan from the Rita und Herbert Batliner Foundation in Liechtenstein.
The Albertina is now in a unique position to compensate for the major gaps in the Austrian state-run museums’ holdings of international modern art with key works of French Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, German Expressionism, Fauvism and the Russian avant-garde.
The Batliner Collection has received acclaim from museums and connoisseurs for decades. It includes outstanding works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Mark Rothko and Francis Bacon. These masterpieces can be seen in a new permanent exhibition at the Albertina.
The Batliner Collection is augmented by works from the Forberg Collection in Switzerland, which was also transferred to the Albertina on permanent loan.
Architectural Collection: With about 15,000 listed objects and an estimated nearly 35,000 further works on paper, the architectural collection represents a substantial part of the overall number of exhibits held by the Albertina. The collection of architectural drawings ranks among the most important special features of the house, not just for its large quantity, but also for its high quality.
Photographic Collection: The Albertina’s Photographic Collection currently comprises some 100,000 objects, which, by and large, originate from the following sources: the photographs held by the Albertina since the 1850s, the collections of the Austrian Federal Education and Research Institute for Graphics, the Langewiesche archive, and the new acquisitions obtained since 1999.
Daily 10 am to 6 pm, Wednesday 10 am to 9 pm.
The permanent exhibition spans the most fascinating chapters from more than 130 years of art history, from Impressionism to the most recent present.
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