In a major exhibition scheduled for autumn and winter 2010, the Albertina will present around one hundred of the most beautiful
drawings by Michelangelo. Precious works from the Graphic Arts Collection of the Albertina, as well as important loans from
museums and private collections in Europe and the United States, will offer a hitherto unparalleled overview of the great
Florentines entire oeuvre.
The focus will be on the figural drawings by Michelangelo, who will be introduced here as the genius of a period of change, with his versatile talents as a draftsman, painter, architect, and sculptor.
The show traces Michelangelos career from the artists juvenile works and designs for The Battle of Cascina to the world-famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, the ingenious drawings he presented to Tommaso de Cavalieri, and the Crucifixion scenes dating from the artists late period, when he was almost eighty years old. At the same time, new clues as to the dating of individual works will be provided. Projections of the monumental ceiling frescoes, the incorporation of plaster casts of Michelangelos sculptures, as well as paintings by other artists based on the masters designs are meant to illustrate the dimensions and impact of his art. New paths of didactic presentation will be forged through a documentation of contemporary history and the artists environment.
The Albertina will extend its opening hours for its major autumn shows Picasso: Peace and Freedom and Michelangelo. The Drawings of a Genius. The exhibitions will be accessible from 10 am to 7 pm from Thursday to Tuesday and from 10 am to 9 pm on Wednesdays.
Klaus Albrecht Schröder
and Achim Gnann
Texts and essays
by Achim Gnann