Albertina – Vienna
The Albertina is a 18th century palace in Vienna housing a famous museum of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, and architecture.
Building and site
The Baroque palace of Albertina was built in 1744 and gifted in 1794 to the Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen, hence its name, who enlarged it with the so-called Habsburg staterooms, 21 richly-decorated rooms inspired to the Palace of Versailles. The palace is located in Vienna’s “museum quarter”, at short distance from the Kunsthistorisches museum.
What to see at the Albertina
The museum showcases four collections, respectively dedicated to modern art, graphic art, architecture and photography.
The classic modern art collection, composed of permanent loans from private collections, presents an outstanding overview of the European art of the 19th , 20th and 21st centuries. It includes paintings and sculptures by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Modigliani, Matisse, Picasso, Klee, Kandinsky, Ernst, Kirchner, Chagall, Giacometti, Magritte, Bacon, Kiefer and Richter, among many others.
The Graphic arts collection is truly remarkable with over 50,000 drawings, sketches and watercolours, including pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Cézanne, Schiele, Klimt, Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Anselm Kiefer.
The Architectural collection is composed of drawings, blueprints, ketches and models from the 16th century to present day.
The Photographic collection contains more that 100,000 photographs dating from the 1850s onward.
Additional services and activities
The Albertina organizes special exhibitions, guided tours, educational programs and art workshops. The museum building, fully accessible, includes a restaurant with Viennese and international cuisine, a bar and a shop.
Text by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit
Photos: banner and 3 © Rupert Steiner; all images courtesy of Albertina