We were seriously impressed by the Albertina. We hadn’t known what to expect before we visited and that made the surprise that much sweeter. How come?
Well, the museum is the perfect blend of history and art, old and new. The art was more modern than we were anticipating, with the impressive masterpieces being showcased in style. Here you can make your way up a grand staircase, meander through baroque chambers fit for royalty and leisurely linger over masterpieces by Klimt, Monet, Picasso, Lichtenstein and Richter on the next floor up. You couldn’t get that same experience anywhere else in the world, could you? And that’s what makes this museum so special!
The state rooms are part of the Archduke Albrecht Palace that was refurbished between 1742 and 1745 and now provides us with an insight into the style and splendour of the Habsburg archdukes. Grandeur and resplendent luxury abound with chandeliers and wall panels at every turn. The furniture can be dated back to the classicism era.
The setting may be stunning, but it doesn’t come close to overshadowing the art collection here. Our little name-dropping session above only covered a small sample of the artwork on display at the Albertina. Every step you take through the rooms with their modern grey decor is one step closer to the next masterpiece that’s bound to be just around the corner.
But that’s not all! The Albertina is also home to some important drawings and prints in its graphic art collection – one of the most significant in the world. Works by the likes of Dürer, Raphael and Rembrandt are just waiting to be discovered here even though they can’t be put on permanent display.
In 2003, the Albertina became a building of architectural interest thanks to its new entrance. The controversial Soravia Wing is a flyover roof designed by Hans Hollein and covering a length of 60 metres.