The Albertina – a Heart of Vienna

25 May

The Albertina – a Heart of Vienna

Viennas Albertina is situated in the heart of Vienna, only a few steps away from the State Opera. This residential palace at the southern tip of the Hofburg houses one of the worlds largest and most valuable collections of graphic art. Works such as Albrecht Dürer´s “Feldhase” (hare), or Klimt´s studies of women, as well as a comprehensive collection of modern paintings make the Albertina one of the country´s most visited museums. But apart from the unique works of art the palace itself is also amazing. The magnificent rooms, some still fitted out with the original furnishings, give a wonderful insight into the life of the royal offspring.

© Albertina, Wien v.l.n.r. : Harald Eisenberger / Margherita Spiluttini / Margherita Spiluttini

Because no lesser person than Marie-Christine, the favourite daughter of the great Austrian Empress Maria Theresa, once lived in this splendid palace. In 1776 her husband, Albert of Saxony, an art enthusiast, laid the foundation for a comprehensive collection, and until his death he nearly exclusively dedicated himself to its expansion. In those days drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, or works by Rubens, Rembrandt, and Albrecht Dürer found their way into the Albertina collection. With the end of the Habsburgs the collection, being a royal family heirloom, became the property of the Republic of Austria. For decades this collection was on view to the public for only a few hours a day, but in 2003 the “new Albertina” opened its doors as a modern museum.

© Albertina, Wien (Foto: Alexander Ch. Wulz)

In 2017 the main focus of the Albertina is on three large exhibitions for Maria Lassnig, Raffael and a special exhibition on Egon Schiele. The exhibition will provide a unique overview of the development of Schiele as a draftsman and watercolorist and insert it into a work of art, which was his great theme in the existential loneliness of man. His works give to this day a shattering testimony of the incomprehensible artist. To see until Saturday, June 3rd.

From May 05th till August 27th, another highlight is the Exhibition to the exceptional austrian Austrian artist Maria Lassnig, of whom the Albertina has an extensive stock. For the first time the Albertina has access to the existence of the newly founded Lassnig Foundation and thus the possibility of exhibiting “completely unknown works”.

From June 14th, the exhibition “Austrian Photography” will be presented to the visitors. This is the focus of the country as seen by photographers such as Lisl Ponger, Gottfried Bechtold, and Seiichi Furuya since the 1970s. Dir. Schröder is celebrating his 18-year-old management of the Albertina from June 14th with the exhibition “New Acquisitions & Contemporary Art”, in which even recent new acquisitions, which have not yet been shown, will be presented.

Apart from the art treasures, the Albertina has also established itself as a popular meeting place in the city centre of Vienna. The restaurant & cafe DO& CO fascinates with its modern elegance, fine cuisine, excellent service, and its magnificent roof terrace which is probably one of the most beautiful in Vienna´s centre. And only a few steps away from the museum there is the Albertina Passage. Also at the Dinner Club you will find outstanding food before soothing sounds of jazz, funk, and soul invite you to dance late into the night!

  • Where: 01. district, Albertinaplatz 1
  • Information: Albertina