The Essl Collection

Until 25 April 2021

Fang Lijun | 2004.9.30, 2004 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Fang Lijun
Fang Lijun | 2004.9.30, 2004 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Fang Lijun

Nam June Paik | Duet Memory, 1995 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Nam June Paik | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Nam June Paik | Duet Memory, 1995 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Nam June Paik | Photo © Robert Bodnar

A Première for Austria's Capital

The winter/spring season of 2020/2021 at ALBERTINA MODERN is given over to the Essl Collection.

This marks the first time that an overview of the Essl Collection’s historical depth and geographical breadth, ranging from American output to artworks from China, has been presented in Austria’s capital city—with 110 masterpieces created between 1960 and the present by famous artists ranging from Antoni Tàpies to Maria Lassnig, and Georg Baselitz, and from Alex Katz to Fang Lijun, Annette Messager and Nam June Paik.

Diverse Art Forms

The selected paintings, sculptures, objects, installations, and videos simultaneously provide an impression of the great diversity of media covered by the Essl Collection, which has been held by the ALBERTINA Museum since 2017 and now forms the backbone of the museum’s modern and contemporary art holdings.

 

International Dialog

This exhibition places the most influential and important Austrian artists in dialog with pivotal international artistic stances of the present era and their foremost proponents.

In the exhibition | Photo © Robert Bodnar
In the exhibition | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Alex Katz: Beach Stop, 2001

Alex Katz | Beach Stop, 2001 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection | © Photo: Mischa Nawrata, Vienna / Bildrecht, Vienna, 2020

Albert Oehlen: Abgaskopf, 1984

Albert Oehlen | Abgaskopf, 1984 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection | © Bildrecht, Vienna 2020

Annette Messager: Gonflés, dégonflés, 2005/2006

Annette Messager | Gonflés, dégonflés, 2005/2006 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Vienna 2020 | Photo © Robert Bodnar

Bill Viola: Mary, 2000

Bill Viola | Mary, 2000 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bill Viola

Daniel Richter: WOW, 2011

Daniel Richter | WOW, 2011 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Vienna 2020

Gilbert & George: Bloody People, 1997

Gilbert & George | Bloody People, 1997 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Familiensammlung Haselsteiner © Gilbert & George

Marc Quinn: Mirage, 2009

Marc Quinn | Mirage, 2009 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The Family Collection Haselsteiner © Marc Quinn

Nam June Paik: Duet Memory, 1995

Nam June Paik | Duet Memory, 1995 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Nam June Paik

Thomas Ruff: Portrait (A. Koschkarow), 1999

Thomas Ruff | Portrait (A. Koschkarow), 1999 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Vienna 2020

David Salle: Room with blue statue, 1986

David Salle | Room with blue statue, 1986 | © Albertina, Wien - The Essl Collection © Bildrecht, Wien, 2020

Fang Lijun: 2004.9.30, 2004

Fang Lijun | 2004.9.30, 2004 | © The Albertina Museum, Vienna - The Essl Collection

Gelitin: Ohne Titel, 2002

Gelitin | Ohne Titel, 2002 | Albertina Museum, Vienna - The Essl Collection © Gelitin, Bildrecht, Vienna, 2020

Johanna Kandl: O.T. (Carnival Liberty), 2006

Johanna Kandl | O.T. (Carnival Liberty), 2006 | The Albertina Museum, Vienna - The Essl Collection © Johanna Kandl

Tal R: You laugh an ugly laugh, 2008

Tal R | You laugh an ugly laugh, 2008 | The Albertina Museum, Vienna - The Essl Collection © Tal R

Dieter Roth: Interieur mit Rückblick, 1988/1990

Dieter Roth | Interieur mit Rückblick, 1988/1990 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Dieter Roth Estate

Georg Baselitz: Hockender Hund, 1969

Georg Baselitz | Hockender Hund, 1969 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection ©Georg Baselitz

Neo Rauch: REVO, 2010

Neo Rauch | REVO, 2010 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Wien 2020

Cecily Brown: Tripe with Lemons, 2004

Cecily Brown | Tripe with Lemons, 2004 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Cecily Brown

Cindy Sherman: Untitled #412, 2003

Cindy Sherman | Untitled #412, 2003 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Cindy Sherman

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Bram Stokers Stuhl II, 2005

Sam Taylor-Johnson | Bram Stokers Stuhl II, 2005 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Sam Taylor-Johnson

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Publication | The Essl Collection

The Essl Collection

This catalogue presents 200 masterpieces from the Essl collection, underlining the international importance of the collection. Among others it includes works by Alex Katz, Gilbert & George, Georg Baselitz and Neo Rauch. These masterpieces by international artists are confronted with works by well known Austrian artists such as Martha Jungwirth, VALIE EXPORT, Hermann Nitsch and Franz West.

The Essl Collection
Ed. Klaus Albrecht Schröder, Elisabeth Dutz
2021
264 pages
28.5 x 24.5 cm / hard cover
German EUR 32,90
English EUR 34,90

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