ART SPONSORSHIP – KLEBEBÄNDE: OLD PRINTS ON NEW PATHS

The Past – A Brief History of Art

Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen (1738–1822) was the founder and namesake of the Albertina Museum. Printed graphics were the initial focus of his collecting activities— and today, this “vast knowledge of the world in pictures” is viewed as one of the most important collections of such works.

Over 400,000 graphic works on paper were ultimately mounted on folios and organized in the form of more than 1,400 artfully produced volumes. These Klebebände reflect the aesthetics and knowledge of the 18th and early 19th centuries. They also provide an overview of visual output since the early Renaissance on the highest artistic level.

Detail view of a slightly damaged Klebeband.

The Present – Damage and Hidden Treasures

Brilliant coincidental discoveries clearly indicate that the Klebebände still hold in store numerous yet-undiscovered masterpieces and true gems. However, these Klebebände and their contents have aged as well as suffered damage over the course of time. The Albertina Museum’s 400,000 printed graphic works require careful restoration. Only then can they be digitized. The steps that need to be taken are extremely elaborate, labor-intensive, and expensive.

The graphic works are restored in elaborate handwork.

The Future – Your Help for Eternity

Only through digitization can these valuable printed works be preserved for eternity—in a form that can be paged through virtually and afford the general public access to them.

This cultural heritage, which is nearly unique worldwide, must be preserved and made accessible to all people with an interest in art anywhere in the world. In order to accomplish this, we need to ask you for your financial support!

The old world’s visual knowledge can be found in those historical double folio volumes.

This cultural heritage, which is nearly unique worldwide, must be preserved and made accessible to all people with an interest in art anywhere in the world. In order to accomplish this, we need to ask you for your financial support!