This beautiful building is the Albertina Museum, sitated in downtown Vienna.
with our time restriction we could not visit the museum, but there is a facinating history to the building, and you can read all about it on the website.
There are guided tours available, and the website gives opening hours, up to date prices, and lots of other information about different exhibitions that will be shown in the museum
As I had no time to go inside, I feel it is only right for you to look up all the information on the website, instead of me writing about something I did not view.
Amonst many other works, Albertina has one of the largest and most valuable graphic art collections in the world.
It helds some great exhibitions. The one I've seen in December 2007 was Monet to Picasso - The Batliner Collection (14.9.2007 - 6.4.2008). Totalling 500 works it's one of the greatest European private collections and it was transferred to the Albertina as a permanent loan. It includes major works by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Chagall, Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse, Kandinsky, Sam Francis, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein and Francis Bacon.
The Albertina houses a large collection of fine art from the likes of Da Vinci, Michaelangelo and Rembrandt which rotates throughout the year. Outside the gallery is a nice Danube fountain.
On the Albertinaplatz make sure you check out the Warning Against Fascism memorial.
The Albertina used to be a Habsburg living quarter and it is built on one of the old bastions of Vienna. You will notice it for its architecture and for the large statue outside. The Archduchess Marie-Christine and the Archduke Karl (who defeated Napoleon at Aspern) used to live here. When coming from the Stephen’s cathedral, the Albertina is the first Hofburg building that you’ll encounter.
In the Albertina you can now visit a very famous graphic collection, which has more than 1 million prints and 60,000 drawings. This collection was founded by the Duke Herzog Albert of Saxe-Teschen, and among others you can see works of Dürer, Klimt, Schiele, Cézanne and Picasso. If you are into photography then this place is for you, as you can also see some fine photos of Helmut Newton.
There were several different exhibitions of modern fine art. But in fact I was fascinated by the architecture itself that I paid more attention to the interier deco than the painings on the wall! Hehe, the beauty of the building reduced the appeal of the art works...Sorry to say that...
The normal ticket is 10 euro, 7 euro for students... Quite expensive but still worth going...
Even if there are no exibits advertized, "Albertina" is a must for its permanent exibit. After being very disappointed with Picasso and Warhol, we decided to skip Gertsch and check the permanent one. WOW!!! The first thing that we saw was a Michelangelo's drawing! Can you imagine that?! Not knowing what is awaiting, you enter a room and BOOM! There is Michelangelo!!!! I was so shocked that I actualy said to my husband: "Did you see that?! It's a Michelangelo! A REAL Michelangelo!!!!" Further on you get to see Duerer and many other REAL masters of Art (Leonardo, Rafaelo, Delacroix) that you learn about in school. I will leave it for you to discover it further.
The building of Albertina is itself very unique. But being in "innerstadt" (1st district) it is only expected. Make sure that you visit it!
"Albertina" gallery had exibitions that couldn't be missed. Picasso, Warhol and and Gertsch. Liking them or not, one would make an enormous mistake not to see it if opportunity given. My husband and I are amongst those that are not to happy neither about Picasso nor Warhol. Still, we wouldn't miss the chance. What Warhol used to do, I do not consider art. But I have to say that he had an interesting idea and definitely a new one. His work was interesting but in my oppinion it does not deserve such great place in History of Arts as it seem to be taking. What seemed to me is that he was accepted simply for being around with famous people of his time and puting them in the spotlight even more... They made him big, just to ensure their own immortal life in pictures.
And as for Picasso, I don't mind his "Blue Phase" but later on he just doesn't do anything for me. What was showed on this exibition here, was his work in the final stage of his life. All those "masterpieces" seemed to me like he knew that the end is near and he just had to produce as many items as possible. Not to express himself but to grab as much money as possible. He had no creative ideas and at the age of over 80 he was trying to impress or shock public with explicite and rather vulgare and obscene images of various women. He has certainly managed to shock me but not with the subject of his paintings. I was sadden with his lack of creativity and with, what striked me as, greed. Neither my husband nor I have expected him to vulgarize his work and to bring it so low...
The top of the Albertina offers a great view of the Opera, the back of the Hofburg, the Burggarten, the Augustinerkirche and--off in the distance--Karntnerstrasse. The 12 meter platform at the Albertina is the only remaining portion of Vienna's city walls which were demolished in 1858.
The Albertina is named after Duke Albert, who married Maria-Theresia’s favorite daughter, Marie-Christine. He was to become the Governor General of the Austrian Netherlands, and throughout his life he established a massive art collection which is now a public museum.
The Albertinaplatz is also home to one of Vienna's official Tourist Information Centers, a great facility with maps, hotel reservations, and much other info. We stopped here to get our hotel reservations.
The Albertina is a great museum where you can admire, among others, paintings by Klimt or Schiele, Kokoschka and Warhol, for the 20th century. But other famous painters like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffael, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens, Lorrain, Delacroix, Manet and Cézanne are also well represented.
But we chose to visit Albertina with another purpose : we wanted to see the special exhibition held in honour of Mozart's 250th birthday. And we learned a lot about his life. We got an audio guide at the entrance, and followed the special carpet designed for the exhibition. Very interesting, although the numbers showing paintings or objects from Mozart's time were not always following the order of the visit. Anyway, we could listen to parts of his music while seeing the original scores he wrote... and that was great for me who knows nothing about classical music !
I also learned that there was no faithful representation of Mozart, since it was less important to him to leave a real trace of his face than a good music. So we have many different portraits representing his face. (see the second picture)
Day 2 : Hofburg area
Albertina, located in the Augustinerstrasse, is kind of a corner building of the big Hofburg complex.
In fact this palace is a museum where you can see the world’s largest collection on drawings, pictures, photos and water colours.
This palace was once owned by the daughter from Maria Theresia, Maria Christina and her husband duke Albert van Sachsen-Teschen.
The collection in the Albertina contains more then 1 million pictures, more then 65.000 water colours and more then 70.000 photos. So they have enough material to set up an interesting exposition.
Albertina is a dream all of Historian of Art, believe me.
When I was a student of the History of Art I always dreamed about visiting this place and one day my dream came true!
It was founded in 1776 by Duke Herzog Albert of Saxe-Teschen.
It is the bigest collection of prints and draws. There are also the photographs in the collection and also the collection of the papyruses
The most famous works are of Durer, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, Bosch, Bruegel, Manet, Cezanne, Schiele, Klimt.
There are also often time exhibitions of the different artist.
It is the obligatory museum to visit for all art's lovers!
In this part of Vienna, fiakers are seen all the time. Lines of coaches, in front of the points, interesting for tourist, are waiting for clients. Always is found somebody, tired, with painful legs, or just to ride in coach.
There is an exhibition of art paintings of the reanissances artist Albrecht Duerer. (1471 - 1528) Till November 30, the impressive work of him, graphich, and great paintings are on public exhibition
If you're in Vienna and you admire the works of Goya, Picasso and Mondrian then you should definitely visit Albertina. Since it houses the world's largest collection of graphic arts, you'll also have the chance of admiring the works of da Vinci or Michelangelo, among others.
The museum's open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, except on Wed. 10 am to 9 pm.
The entrance fee's 9 euros.
The Albertina houses three very cool collections, all of different art formats. They are namely:
the Graphic Collection, one of the world's largest at over 70,000 drawings and more than 1 million graphi prints from significant art eras spanning the late Gothic period to the contemporary. Works include those from Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Albert Durer, Rubens, Cezanne, Klimt, Schiele, etc.
the Photographic Collection consists of studio photography, early colour photography, pictorial works and examples of scientific photography. Another important part of this archive is the collection of the Langwiesche publishing house, famous for its picture books, emphasising on subject photography from the 1920’s and 30’s. The collection also documents the origins of photography up until today, focusing especially on American photography of the 1960’s and 70’s.
the Architecture Collection, comprises almost 25,000 drafts, sketches and models. These are from the estates of renowned architects such as Adolf Loos, Francesco Borromini, Otto Wagner, Le Corbusier and many more.
In April 2004, they were having the Rembrandt Retrospective which I was fortunate enough to catch. The exhibitions combines 80 drawings and 70 etchings with 30 of Rembrandt's paintings. There were many self-portraits, figure studies, nudes, religious interpretations and landscapes, amongst others, from all creative periods of Rembrandt.
Upcoming exhibitions in 2005 includes those exhibiting works by Piet Mondrian and Paul Klee.
Open daily from 10am - 6pm, except Wednesday from 10am - 9pm.
Adults € 9
Vienna Card € 7,50
Senior citizens (Over 65) € 7,50
Children under 6 years, Friends of the Albertina: Entrance free
other concessions available, check website