THE COLLECTIONS OF THE ALBERTINA

 

 

THE PERMANENT COLLECTION

In spring 2007, one of the greatest European private collections of classical modern art came to the Albertina as a permanent loan from the Rita und Herbert Batliner Foundation in Liechtenstein.  The assembled works illustrate an exciting chapter in the history of art:  the development from figurative to abstract painting.

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THE GRAPHIC ART COLLECTION

The Albertina safeguards one of the most important and extensive graphic art collections in the world. Founded by Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen (1738-1822), the passionate art collector after whom the Albertina is named, the priceless collection comprises 50,000 drawings and watercolours, and some 900,000 prints ranging from the late Gothic period to contemporary art.
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THE ARCHITECTURAL COLLECTION

Among the 50,000 plans, sketches and models in the Architecture Collection are bundles of manuscripts and materials from the estates of Francesco Borromini, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, Adolf Loos and Lois Welzenbacher, and many other important architects.  The collection also features architectural models by Otto Wagner, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Alvar Aaalto.
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THE PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION

As an extraordinary treasure trove of visual knowledge, the Albertina had also been gathering photographs since the middle of the 19th century. Yet this was a fact that became common knowledge again only once the photographic collection was properly reconstituted in 1999.The Collection is complemented by the historic stocks of the Langewiesche Verlag publishing house and the Austrian Federal Education and Research Institute for Graphics in Vienna.
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Albertina Collections Online

The Albertina´s Databases

Albertina Collections Online enables you to do research in our collections, find relevant literature, and obtain profound information on photography in Austria. The databases represent a dynamically growing system whose online holdings are continuously expanded and updated.

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