Original Albertinum dates back to the second half of the 19th century. It is a building that houses big collection of sculptures. All building complex is quite mixed, as new 21st century architecture is also incorporated here.
It is one of the first nice building, when you walk up the Bruhls‘ terrace to see rich constructions of old Dresden.
After its reconstruction the Albertinum has become a museum on the "Modern times" art, meaning from the Romantic era about the year 1800 to contemporary art. So it shows the most famous works of the picture gallery New Masters and pieces of the Sculputres Collection that fit in (although the Sculptures Collection covers earlier, even ancient works, too). The upper floor is entirely devoted to the pictures (with a few sculptures thrown in here and there), forming a walk from the era of Caspar David Friedrich, Dahl, Carus over German and French Impressionism (Monet, Liebermann, Slevogt, Sterl, to name a few), the artists of "Die Brücke" (Kirchner e.g.) and East German Realism (Mattheuer e.g.) to three contemporary artists with Dresden roots: Gerhard Richter (two rooms), Georg Baselitz and A. R. Penck.
The lower floor has one room that is absolutely magical: The Klinger hall. It is devoted to art from the turn of the century (1900), or Fin de Siecle. You'll see sculptures and pictures by Max Klinger and Sascha Schneider, Franz von Stuck, Böcklin, Oskar Zwintscher and others. Another amazing hall is the so called Mosaic hall (with an ancient Roman mosaic on the floor) devoted to late Classicism and with many sculptures by Ernst Rietzschel.
On the walk around the lower floor and the ground floor you will also see ancient sculptures, most of them behind glass in a sort of show depot, until they finally will have found their home in the Zwinger which will take some more years.
There is a museum in the bottom level of the building that is the old storage for weapons and ammunition and gunpowder. It is called the Kasamatton; or casement fortifications. The tour is self guided, and relatively nice to see what it looked like in the old times. The casement date back to the 1700's when Augustus the Strong was in power. It displays cannon yards and guard rooms. There is an audio to guide you through the sites.
It is open 10-5 daily, but in Nov-March only until 4PM. Entry is 4 Euro, but with Dresden card you get 10% off. Follow the stairs to the side of the building to an somewhat hidden area below the stairwell.
This architecturally wonderful building has a great inside with stairways up and down, with along the way showing the sculptures and art works of the master painters. The paintings are mostly from 18th century and forward to differentiate form the Old Masters GAllery. It has works of Friedrich and Richter. The sculpture collection has been here for 200 years and includes old items from 5,000 years ago to modern day pieces. Also beneath the building is the Kasamatten, or known as the brick bastion. I have this as a separate page next.
The structure was first built in 1559-63, and even then had an elaborate interior. In 1743 the building was expanded to add more floors. In 1884 it was reworked into a neo Renaissance style and extended the former armoury, but due to WWII damage, it had to be rebuilt in 1953 range. Again in 2002 the build suffered a lot of damage form Elbe River floods. It is now water proofed and ready for anything.
It is open 10-5 daily but only until 4PM in Nov-March. Fee for museums is 10 Euro, but a Dresden card for 2 days is 24 Euro covering many museums
King Albert of Saxony (1828 - 1902) was builder-owner and name giver of this in 1887 completely finished building. Prior to this the electoral arsenal in Renaissance-style stood in the same place. But it had to make way for the Albertinum. Today the building with a sandstone façade in the style of Italian High Renaissance hosts the New Masters Gallery (Galerie Neue Meister). Until the year 2009 this exhibition will be closed because of the rearrangement of the rooms.
After thorough-going restoration and refurbishment, the new Albertinum now presents itself as a centre of art from the Romantic period to the present day. The new exhibition halls are shared by the Galerie Neue Meister and the Skulpturensammlung.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Mondays
Admission fees Albertinum (incl. Galerie Neue Meister and Skulpturensammlung):
normal: 8,00 Euro
reduced: 6,00 Euro
children until 16 years: free
groups (10 persons and more): 7,00 Euro per person
Right at the eastern end of Brühl's Terrace is the Albertinum. Originally built as an arsenal 1559 - 63 it was one of the largest of its kind (beside Venice and Vienna) and famous for its magnificent interior. 1743 - 47 it was enlarged (3 floors). After a new and larger Arsenal was constructed in the Northern Neustadt across the river it was redesigned 1877 - 87 according to plans of K. A. Canzler in Italian Renaissance style for museum purposes and named after the currently ruling King Albert.
The big hall on the ground floor is originally preserved in its 16th century architecture with beautiful tuscan Renaissance pillars and vaults.
After WWII it has become home of some fantastic art collections: The Green Vault Jewellery Collection, the Picture Gallery New Masters, the Collection of Coins, the Sculptures Collection. In 2004/06 the Green Vault and the Collection of coins relocated to the Royal Palace.
In the last years the Albertinum was closed and some major (re-)construction works were applied. After bad experiences in 2002 with depots that were not flood-proof the State Art Collections administration decided to build a new depot high up above the Albertinum courtyard. The result is a stunning sort of "flying" structure above the courtyard, side effect is this yard was turned into a large foyer that is not affected by the weather. Also, the collections got more rooms and the interior was beautifully restored.
You are free to go inside, see the courtyard, even peek through large glass walls into the Sculptures collection, catch a glimpse of the show depot.
The building is built in the style of Italian High Renaissance in 1559-63 and was originally used as an armory.
Today, the Albertinum consists of four museums, "Gemäldegalerie Neuer Meister" (picture gallery of the new masters), the "Schatzkammer Grünes Gewölbe" (the Green Treasure Vault), the "Skulpturensammlung" (sculpture collection), and the Münzkabinett (cabinet for coins).
It is a must-see for all visitors!
In the Antiques Hall, thousands of figures, reliefs, fragments and plaster casts now lie on the floor amidst the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman works of art.
This unusual circumstance offers a once-in-a-lifetime oprrortunity to view the unique combinaition of art.
There was a flood in Dresden in 2002.
So the museum is trying to save all the pieces and they were moved to the top floors.
I enjoyed getting a 'different look' than most people might never get the chance to ever see again.
This makes a statement I think.....it is a statement.
This musuem was built 1884-1887 by Carl Adolf Canzler.
Today it houses the Picture Gallery "New Masters", the Green Vault (Royal Treasure Chamber0, the Numismatic Collection, the Sculpture collection and special exhibits.
If you feel like visiting museums, or if the weather if just too bad, the Albertinum is the place to go. You have enough museums here to spend the whole day exploring.