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My photo shows the sculpture in Albertina. Some of Vienna sculptures have two main objects - horse and famous person on it. It is funny, that these people could look very small without horses. The Albertina itself is building, consisting of graphic art collection: art of famous painters as Rubens, Da Vinci and so on.
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My good friend and lead artist is a huge fan of the German artist Egon Schiele, so when I saw his colourful and distinctive works on adverts for the Albertina all over the city, I made a bee-line for this gallery. Schiele's work is fantastically expressive, especially in the human form. He's most famous for the uninhibited eroticism of many of his paintings. By modern standards they could be described as tame in terms of what they show, but how he shows the models can evoke many more complex emotions than simple titillation.
Unfortunately Schiele's exhibition was only temporary, but his calibre is indicative of the quality of work on offer at this gallery. In addition to the excellent and encompassing Schiele exhibition, the gallery has permanent exhibitions that include some works of Schiele himself, along with paintings by Picasso, Cezanne, and Klimt. Possibly its most famous work is Albert Durer's iconic "The Field Hare."
In addition to the art displays are the impressive rooms of the Albertina itself, which were once occupied by the Hapsburg family as part of the Imperial Palace. You can wander around these and it is included in the ticket price.
Albertina : a rabbit & more
Albertina is without doubt one of the most precious and most important museums of Austria.
In my photos :
1) the most famous and most precious rabbit on earth, drawn by Albrecht Duerer
2)an original Daguerre camera of 1839
3) some more famous drawings
4 & 5) the ornate interior of Albertina is worth seeing as well.
Albertina is open for visitors :
daily from 10.00am till 06.00pm
Wednesday they dont close before 09.00pm
Dec. 24th: open till 02.00pm
Dec. 31st open till 06.00pm
entrancefee is 9,50 euros
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Albertina is museum in the Innere Stadt (First District) and it houses one of the largest print rooms in the world with approximately 65.000 drawings and one million old master prints, as well as modern graphic works and photographs. It also content two significant collections of impressionist and early 20th century art.
Albertina was erected on the remains of the former Augustinian bastion.
Best Liquer Coffee & Stately Rooms
The Albertina Kellar has the best liquer coffee I have had. Coffee Maria Theresa is made with Grand Marnier, in my opinion, the only liquer. It came in a glass with 3/4 whipped cream and really had a kick to it. Afterwards, upstairs in the Albertina the state rooms were very impressive. I found them to be in far better condition than the rooms in Schonbrunn Palace. Schonbrunn's furnishings are quite scruffy and need restoration.
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After several years of restoration (sadly rushed at the end and you can tell in some places) the Albertina has reopened. There are some permanent displays which are small but have many of the famous names such as Schiele and Italian favourites such as Michelangelo and Raffaelo. There are also some temporary exhibitions, Edvard Munch's scream was exhibited and then Brassai's photos of 1930s Paris which were excellent. The building is beautiful (no photos! except this one I took before I knew it wasn't allowed!) but I found the permanent exhibitions disappointing. The shop is full of great books especially a guide to Vienna for kids and pictures of famous artists. The building work is still not completed, a huge slab of metal on the roof (not my idea of architectural brilliance but then it adds a modern approach) is still waiting to be added. If you watched the film "Before Sunrise" you will recognise it.
See Collections of Prints and Paintings
The Albertina is an art museum in Vienna's 1st district. The name Albertina is a combination of Albert (for Duke Albert) and Christina (for his wife, Maria Christina, daughter of Maria Theresa). The museum is located directly across the street from the tourist information office. The site of the museum is one of the last remaining sections of the fortifications of Vienna, the Augustian Bastion.
In early 1919, the building and the collection passed from the Habsburgs into the ownership of the Republic of Austria. In March 1945, the Albertina was heavily damaged by Allied bomb attacks. Subsequently, the museum has been completely renovated and modernized.
The Albertina contains one of the largest and most important collections of prints (old master prints, drawings, graphic works, photographs, and architectural drawings) in the world. The museum also has significant collections of Impressionist and early 20th century art -- and houses temporary exhibitions.
Am I ever happy I went to the Albertina when I did. They are in the middle of a Picasso exhibit that runs until January 16, 2011.
The interior of the Albertina, leading up to the exhibits, is very beautiful with many lavish and large rooms with extravagant decor. It isn't only a museum but also part of the Hofburg Palace so I get why it is so extravagant.
If you are in Vienna between now and January 16th then don't miss the Picasso Peace and Freedom Exhibit with many of his best works. Picasso's art really strikes a chord with me because of its political statements. My favourite is the Rape of the Sabine Women, which he painted at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. And it isn't only one painting but four, each painted differently and each giving the same political statement. This exhibit was the highlight of my stay in Vienna.
You can take pictures in the hallways and rooms of the Albertina but no pictures are allowed in the exhibition rooms.
Just an FYI. The Albertina will have a Michelangelo exhibit from Oct.8-Jan.9, 2011. So you can get to see both his and Picasso's works at the same time. Do I envy you that are lucky enough to go.
Entrance fee for adults is 9.50euros
Seniors is 8.00euros
Students is 7.00euros
Groups of 10 or more is 7.00euros
Free admission for children and teenagers up to 19 years.
Museum hours are 10am to 6pm everyday except Wednesdays when it is open from 10am to 9pm.
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Albertina - The world's largest drawing collection
The Albertina collection is located right in the heart of Vienna (across the street from the Hotel Sacher and the State Opera). This former Habsburg residential palace blends Imperial splendor and Austrian history with great masterpieces of art. The Albertina is world famous for it's amazing collection of drawings.
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Excellent museum that houses a huge collection of over one million prints and 60.000 drawings and watercolours as well as temporary exhibitions.
- Third: Monument before the main entrance.
- Fourt: The Opera seen from the main entrance.
Visiting the Museums - Albertina
This amazing museum occupies a site with a long and illustrious history. It incorporates in one wall the Augustinian Bastion, a segment of the original city fortifications. Originally a court office, it became a palace in the 1740's eventually passing into the possession of Duke Albert of Saxen-Teschen, the first to accumulate art pieces here, and his wife Maria Christina said to be Maria Theresien's favorite daughter. Their descendants (including the adopted Archduke Karl who defeated Napoleon in an epic battle) also occupied the palace and expanded both the building and the art collection as it became the largest Habsburg residential palace. In 1919 ownership passed from the deposed Habsburgs to the State of Austria. The building was badly damaged during world war II and not completely rebuilt until 2002, with some exhibits still closed several years later. It has been rebuilt with an eye to its former decor and is a magnificent building and one of our favorite museums.
The beautiful classical exterior is highlighted by a 150 ft titanium roof at the entrance. The state rooms for the exhibits are in pastel shades of green, yellow, and blue with ornate carvings and intricate wooden parquet floors with inlaid flowers all made of tiny pieces of wood of different colors and carved and sanded to fit together smoothly. Long hallways (image 4) are dominated by massive marble staircases and immense columns. A spectacular setting for a spectacular show.
The Albertina collection numbers over 1 million individual items, including one of the largest collections of drawings and master prints with a large contingent of Durer highlighted by the famous Young Hare. A large collection of modern art is actually accessible to the mind of the average viewer, like myself. The Impressionist collection extending into modern art is exceedingly strong with works by Cezanne, Monet, Degas, and Renoir up to Matisse, Picasso, and even Bacon.
The most exciting exhibits at the Albertina are frequently the top drawer travelling shows. During our visit, we spent nearly two hours learning the ins and outs of impressionist artwork with all its subdivisions. Yes, I probably forgot 90% of it two hours later but for a brief period this collection with its educational posters made me think I really understood what I was looking at. Upcoming is a show on cars highlighting Andy Warhol.
Conveniently located next to the Hofburg and adjacent the opera, Kartnerstrasse, and just off the Ringstrasse, there must be no excuse for not visiting this wonderful museum, one of the highlights of our trip.
CAVEAT - the prohibition of photography is enthusiastically and rigorously enforced. At times it seemed like every room had someone standing with index finger raised and remonstrating. Images 2 and 3 are from the impressionist display, illicit photography at its most illegal.
Imopresionist in Albertina
In december, where we went to Wien, in Albertina was exibit of Impresionists. We were very glad to posibilitiy looking all this masters. Price for exibit was 9,50 euro and this is not big price for exibit like that. In this cost you can see also a residenral part of Albertina. Albertina is part of Hofburg and there were lived archduches of Habsburg family.
Albertina - not-to-miss museum in Vienna!
A stone away from the Wiener Staatsoper is the famous Albertina. Young and old Viennesse visit this grand facade (they've waited long enough for its opening). Its permanent collections and temporary exhibitions make the visitors come back every year. If you have problem climbing up the stairs, there's an elevator for you. Twice I've wanted to enjoy coffee in its coffee shop but one time it was full, the second time, there was too much cigarette smoke. Well, I hope I will get lucky the third time.
The museum and its shop are opened everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Wednesdays, they're opened until 9 p.m.
PRICES (as of July 31, 2009)
Adults € 9,50
Senior citizens € 8,00
Students (up to age 26) € 7,00
Students (up to age 19) € 3,50
Children (under 6 years) no charge
Die Albertina was opened on 14.March 2003, and houses changing international art exhibitions. You will see posters throughout the city with the current featured artists and works. Alternatively, there are the Habsburgs' Staterooms, which are really rather boring, and not worth going to see unless you go for the art exhibition as well (the cost to see the state rooms are included in the price to see the exhibition).
World Class Graphical Collection -- The Albertina
The Albertina is a wonderful, fairly large palace at the southern end of the Hofburg containing a world renowned graphical collection. After a thorough renovation being concluded in 2003, the classical facades conceal one of the most modern storage system for the works of art of which only small parts are shown to the public in thematic exhibitions. The museum has among its treasures as a permanent bequest the collections of the couples Batliner and Forberg containing terrific paintings by Monet, Cezanne, Kokoschka and Picasso. Within the Albertina you can also visit the Habsburg State Rooms and marvel at their imperial splendour. Excellent disabled access.
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