With its 500 works of classical modern art, the Batliner Collection is one of the largest and most important private collections in Europe. The collection came to the Albertina as a permanent loan in 2007.
Rita and Herbert Batliner have been collecting art for almost half a century. Whereas at the beginning they were mainly fascinated
by the art of their contemporaries, such as Alberto Giacomettis, the passion of the Liechtenstein couple soon also embraced
both the groundbreaking masters of classic modernism and contemporary art, ranging from Monet, Picasso, Matisse, and Modigliani
to Mark Rothko and Francis Bacon, and ultimately to Alex Katz, Maria Lassnig, Anselm Kiefer, and Georg Baselitz.
In spring 2007 Herbert and Rita Batliner donated their precious collection, which has been incorporated into a foundation, to the Albertina in the form of a permanent loan: they consider their collection, which is to be preserved for posterity in its entirety and original context, as their genuine legacy. Their collection does not only reflect their vision as collectors, but also their souls. For decades Rita and Herbert Batliner had been living in their home particularly with that part of the collection whose chronological cornerstones constitute Claude Monets Water Lilies and Picassos breathtaking late works.