Preliminary drawing for the Court Pavilion in Hietzing by Otto Wagner

Masterpieces of architectural drawing

Whether Baroque city views, magnificent Renaissance buildings or modern ensembles on Vienna's Ringstrasse - artists have always documented the urban past and sketched its future with the aid of architectural drawings. The exhibition "Masterpieces of architectural drawing from the Albertina" shows around 140 highlights from its own collection. The drawings span the period from the Late Gothic to the present day. Important sketches, studies, designs, vedute (realistic illustrations of buildings) and architectural capriccios by Lorenzo Bernini, Gottfried Semper, Theophil Hansen, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Josef Frank, Clemens Holzmeister, Hans Hollein, Zaha Hadid and many others can be seen.

The architecture collection of the Albertina encompasses 40,000 drawings from the beginning of the 16th century to the present day. The exhibition illuminates the history of this collection. It illustrates connections between architectural hand drawings and architecture theory. At the same time, cultural and socio-political developments can be traced. Thematic focal points of the show are illustration types, residential buildings, fountains, decorations, garden buildings, villas, color schemes, Historicism and Modernism as well as towers, domes and high-rise buildings.

Masterpieces of architectural drawing from the Albertina

15 December 2017 - 25 February 2018


Albertinaplatz 1 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0,00
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 2,40€ off
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   190  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 260 cm wide and 270 cm low , Door 150 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540). Guided tours in sign language available (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Guided tours for blind people available as well as for people with slight to moderate dementia and their escorts (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Please inform Art Mediation department about wheelchair uses in advance. Reduced admission for persons with special needs

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms, to the restaurant / café and to the Shop: no steps. All rooms are wheelchair-accessible.

      Wheelchair-accessible restrooms on levels 1 and -1, restroom on level 1: door width: 90cm, room dimensions: 180 x 110 cm.

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The exhibition is arranged in two parts: The second part, which focuses on illustration types, gardens, monumentality, memorials, panoramas, reception of ancient times, theater buildings and archisculpture can be seen at the Albertina from 27 June to 30 September 2018.

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