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.
Albertina Museum is very central.
The subjects are varied.
The day I went 3 vastly differing items wes displayed in different floors.
Michalengo on one.
A japanese Photographer I prefer to forget on another and Pop Art on the lowest level.
The Habsburgische Apartments take you to an age of oppulance.
Prints exposed are from: Albrecht Duerer, Egon Schiele, Jakob Alt, Gustav Klimt. Monet, Rudolf von Alt. Paul Cezanne, Eduard Manet.
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
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
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.
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!
Albertina is located in the baroque Palais Taroucca. The Palais was remodeled in 19th century for Maria Teresia's son-in-law, Duke Albert von Sachen-Teschen.
Alberina has the biggest collection of grafic works.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The palace, hidden away in a corner of the Hofburg, was owned by Maria Christina and her husband Duke Albert of Sachsen-Teschen (hence its name). She was Maria Theresa's daughter. It is now a gallery with a marvellous collection of prints, watercolours and dawings. There are some wonderful ones by Durer but of course my favourite artists are represented as well - Michelangelo and Rubens.