The Essl Collection
From 4 December 2020
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 150 masterpieces created between 1960 and the present by famous artists ranging from Antoni Tàpies to Erwin Wurm, Maria Lassnig, and Georg Baselitz, and from Alex Katz and Per Kirkeby to Fang Lijun, Annette Messager, Andreas Gursky, 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.
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.