CLASSICAL MODERNISM, ART AFTER 1945 AND CONTEMPORARY ART


The museum’s holdings of the first half of the 20th century are distinguished by works of Expressionist artists, who formed the central art movement of this era in Germany and Austria.
Worth highlighting are substantial portfolios of works by the “Brücke” and the “Blaue Reiter” groups of artists. Among these are to be found works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Otto Mueller, Emil Nolde, as well as Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky. With, in each case, over a thousand sheets, the oeuvres of Oskar Kokoschka and Alfred Kubin are accorded prime of place at the Albertina. Pablo Picasso, the most definitive figure in the art of the 20th century, is represented with considerable holdings of printed art from every period of his creative activity.
The international development of art in the second half of the 20th century is reflected largely by the works of American and German artists of this period. Worth mentioning are Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Roy Liechtenstein, Barnett Newman, Alex Katz, Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, as well as Sigmar Polke, Markus Lüpertz and Gerhard Richter.
Another focal point is formed by the Austrian art of the post-WWII period, with a representative selection of works by Maria Lassnig, Arnulf Rainer, Max Weiler, Günter Brus and Herbert Brandl.

The holdings of Classical Modernism and contemporary art held by the collection were augmented and enriched in 2007 in a most ideal way by the collections of Rita and Herbert Batliner and Mathias Forberg being made available to the Albertina on permanent loan. With over 200 works by Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso through Joan Miró, Marc Chagall and Kazimir Malevich, Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Paul Klee to Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz and Alex Katz, Arnulf Rainer and Maria Lassnig, these collections allow for a concentrated purview of Modernist art ranging from French Impressionism to the present.

 

 

Picture Gallery

 

Alfred Kubin
Slaughtering

Alfred Kubin
The Monkey

Alfred Kubin

The Egg

Alfred Kubin
Each Night a Dream Visits Us

 

Oskar Kokoschka
Robinson, 1908

Oskar Kokoschka
Girl Standing With Arms Raised and Turned Towards the Left, 1913

Oskar Kokoschka

"Waking Slave” by Michelangelo; Accademia, Florence, 1954

Oskar Kokoschka

Tiger Cat, 1969

 

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Street Scene: In Front of the Shop Window, 1914

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Mountain Landscape, 1927-29

Otto Müller
Two Nudes in the Open Air, around 1920

Emil Nolde
Landscape With Cornfields

 

August Macke
Garden by Thunersee Lake, 1914

Franz Marc
Two Horses in a Mountainous Landscape With Rainbow, 1911

Wassilij Kandinsky
Composition With Chessboardlike Pattern, 1923

 

Paul Klee
Villas by the Lake, 1920

 

Pablo Picasso
Woman’s Head, around 1909

Jackson Pollock
No Title, around 1950

Barnett Newman
No Title, 1960

Andy Warhol
Mao Tse-Tung, 1972

 

Roy Lichtenstein
"La Sortie", 1990 

Alex Katz

Ace Airport, 1998

Anselm Kiefer
The Rhine River, 1993

Markus Lüpertz
Black Red Gold, 1974

 

Gerhard Richter
EL-Z, 1984

Sigmar Polke
No Title, 1998

Georg Baselitz
No Title, 30. X.2002

Maria Lassnig
Head, 1965

 

Arnulf Rainer
Black Flow, 1973

Günter Brus
Breath: A Violation of the Internal Airspace, 1985

Max Weiler
Natural Phenomenon, 1988

Herbert Brandl
No Title