Albertina Vienna Reviews
Albertina Jun 13, 2009
The Albertina is an incredible museum in central Vienna. It has just consolidated a new permanent collection of modern and contemporary art, to add to its existing collection of drawings and the state rooms of the palace, making it one of the most eclectic collections I've seen in Europe.
The Albertina is perhaps best known for its collecitonof drawings, including Durer's Hare and some Michelangelos. They are displated in the palace state rooms and if anything are rather drowned in the astonishing wallpaper and chandeliers. They are also placed before you get to the other etchings and drawings, which appear deeply indifferent once you've seen the Durers. But that aside, the historic part of the building is well worth a visit.
I prefered the part which housed the more modern part of the colleciton. There were a lot of Klees, Some Georg Baselitz, Francis Bacon, and some really contemporary things too. There is also quite a large collection of Gerhard Richter and a Kandinsky or two.
Utterly charmingly, when I visited the temporary exhibition was of art works done by children who have been to Master classes. To have a painting hanging in the same gallery as Kandinsky, Durer and Michaelangeo when you are eight is quite an achievement, ans actually, the art work was genuinely impressive for anyone of any age.
Entrance is about 9.50 Euros, and there are discounts with a Vienna Card. The accessibility would be fine if you were on crutches or a wheelchair.
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