With its 500 works of classical modern art, the
is one of the largest and most important private collections in Europe. The collection came to the Albertina as a permanent
loan in 2007.
Some 100 works now displayed in a permanent exhibition trace the historical progression from Impressionism to Modernism. The
artists range from the French masters Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Paul Cézanne, to Pablo Picasso, represented by late works,
and the Abstract Expressionists Mark Rothko and Sam Francis.
is augmented by works from the
in Switzerland, which was also transferred to the Albertina on permanent loan.
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Rita and Herbert Batliner have been collecting art for nearly half a century. Their initial focus was on contemporary artists
such as Alberto Giacometti. Very soon, however, the collector couple from Liechtenstein developed a passion for the pioneers
of classical modernism.
Their collection grew to include works by such 19th and 20th century masters as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse,
Amedeo Modigliani, Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon, Alex Katz, Maria Lassnig, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz.
In spring 2007, the couple transferred their immensely valuable collection from the Herbert and Rita Batliner Art Foundation
to the Albertina on permanent loan. The intention behind their decision was to preserve for posterity the collection, which
they see as their main legacy, in its entirety and original cohesion.
For decades the Batliners lived with many of the works in their home, primarily the part of the collection that ranges chronologically
from a Monet water-lily painting to powerful late works by Picasso.
Now, for the first time ever, key works from the Batliner Collection have been made accessible to the general public. More
than 100 paintings, pastels and sculptures from the collection are on permanent display at the Albertina.
The exhibition covers French Impressionism, Fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism, several currents in the Russian avant-garde,
and the late periods of Picasso and Marc Chagall. Major works by Francis Bacon, Karel Appel and Mark Rothko complete the overview
of a century of art history.