View of the central exhibition hall of the Albertina modern
© Robert Bodnar

Modern, postmodern, Albertina modern

The Albertina modern (opens March 13) is all about modern, postmodern and contemporary art. It is just a few minutes' walk from the Albertina. A place has been created here that presents the big names of the art world from past decades. The museum's collections bring together formative Austrian artists such as Hermann Nitsch, Maria Lassnig and Valie Export, as well as Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Christian Ludwig Attersee and Gottfried Helnwein.

The Albertina modern also focuses on important national artists of the 20th century down to the present day. The museum's collections include the pop art of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as well as works by Damien Hirst, Jonathan Meese and Anselm Kiefer. In total, the new art hot-spot has over 60,000 artworks by 5,000 artists. The museum is based on the contents of the Essl and Jablonka Collections. It's about art that leaves nobody feeling cold.

Focused on the Essl Collection

The Essl Collection is one of the most important collections of Austrian art from the second half of the 20th century. It has been on permanent loan to the Albertina since 2017. Magical Realism, Viennese Actionism, as well as representatives of postmodern and contemporary art: The Essl Collection combines all the trends that were formative for Austria's more recent art history. The Albertina modern thus has a strong identity-giving function.

The Jablonka Collection provides the international twist for the new exhibition venue. The big names of the German art scene, such as Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz and Jörg Immendorff, are represented here, as are American greats from Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman to Eric Fischl and Robert Longo. It's a dream for all lovers of modern art.

The Künstlerhaus in renovated splendor

In order to be able to present these unique collections, which encompass paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs and videos, in an appropriate setting, the opening of the new museum was preceded by a refurbishment of the Künstlerhaus lasting several years. The art institution built during the construction of the Ringstrasse boulevard in the 1860s has been one of Vienna's most important locations for art since its opening in 1868, and has always kept up with the times. The Künstlerhaus now radiates again in a splendor last seen at the time of the Ringstrasse's construction.

Stirring art to begin with

The Albertina modern kicks off by showing the exhibition "The Beginning. Art in Austria from 1945 to 1980". It focuses on one of the most diverse and provocative phases of Austrian art. This was a period of art that properly rattled the foundations of society. It was about standing up to the frugality of the post-war years with disturbing and ruthless art. On display are works by Günter Brus, Christian Ludwig Attersee, Wander Bertoni, Wolfgang Hutter, Franz West, Kiki Kogelnik, Valie Export and around 70 other Austrian artists. "In the Beginning" dedicates separate areas to Maria Lassnig, Hundertwasser and Arnulf Rainer.

The Beginning. Art in Austria from 1945 to 1980

March 13 - August 2, 2020

Albertina modern

Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Open from March 13, 2020.
    • Mo, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 19:00
    • We, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 19:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • ( Door  135  cm  wide )
        platform lift, automatic swing door
    • Elevator available
      • 270 cm low , Door 110 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      A wheelchair will be provided for the duration of the visit to the exhibition (4 wheelchairs on the ground floor, 1 wheelchair available in the basement)

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