The current presentation of Albertina Contemporary shows a best of selection of some 120 works from the Albertinas extensive and continuously growing collections of contemporary art. The exhibition concentrates on Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Markus Lüpertz, Jörg Immendorff, and Alex Katz, as well as such great draughtsmen of the present day as William Kentridge, Robert Longo, and Raymond Pettibon. Moreover, the Austrian artists Arnulf Rainer and Maria Lassnig figure prominently in the show.
Ever since the foundation of the Albertina in 1776, the interest in the contemporary art production of the respective periods has lastingly been echoed in the museums new acquisitions. In continuation of this interest of the very first hour, which was already pursued by the collections initiator, Albert of Saxony-Teschen, both the museums collection and exhibition policies have corroborated the Albertinas affinity for contemporary artwork on paper. Thus the display of the museums own holdings of contemporary art - a practice that offers insights into the most recent chapter of art history - is a core responsibility of the Albertina that is rooted in a long tradition.