The Albertina’s permanent art exhibition draws on the Batliner collection, which is on permanent loan to the museum.
- Covers the progression of painting styles from French impressionism through to surrealism and the modern day
- Includes some of the greatest names in art history, such as Monet and Picasso
- Comprehensive display labels all in English, too
- See also: Albertina tickets & visitor info
“From Monet to Picasso”
Even those (like me) who think Alberto Giacometti was a famous Italian soccer player can become quite awestruck by the names of the artists on show in the Albertina’s permanent exhibition.
(In my defence, there was an Australian soccer player called John Giacometti.)
Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Sisley, Cézanne, Degas, Renoir, Matisse, Munch, Kandinsky, Picasso, Miró, Rodin, Gaugain, Chagall, Bacon, Magritte…the list goes on.
The uncluttered, well-lit Albertina galleries make viewing the works of art (mainly paintings, but also sculptures and other items) a most pleasant and informative experience.
This is also because many paintings have fairly detailed labels (in German and English) describing the artistic characteristics and context of the work, often including biographical details of the artist, too.
This means you don’t need to hire an audioguide, but it does let you dig deeper into the history and meaning of selected works.
It’s almost unfair to pick out single exhibits from what is essentially a collection of masterpieces. By doing so, I’d likely only expose my ignorance anyway. You can see what to expect in this video:
Having said that, it’s certainly quite humbling to find yourself in a room full of Picassos. The collection has dozens of his works, including 10 paintings.
Curiously, I found myself staring at the work of Austrian painter, Alfons Walde, because I’ve seen the kind of Alpine mountain scenes he depicts and the light is just like that.
And, let’s be honest, time spent looking at Monet’s The Water Lilies has to be time well spent, no?