The Albertina museum once brought out Dürer’s Young Hare for seven hours as part of the Long Night of Museums. The queue went through the building, out the front door, down the steps outside, and into the Vienna night. Thankfully, the painting will make another (longer) appearance in a rare Dürer exhibition.
- Focuses on his drawings and watercolours
- The 1502 Young Hare was last exhibited in 2014
- Open daily, Sept 20, 2019 to Jan 6, 2020
- Museum tickets cost €16 for an adult (at the moment)
- A Vienna Pass gives you free entry; fast-track tickets* also available for the museum
- See also: Events in Vienna | Dürer’s hare
Dürer in Vienna
I still recall the buzz of excitement that faded to a respectful hush as we reached the end of that queue.
There is something out-of-the-ordinary in seeing a watercolour of such detail over 500 years after its completion in a Nuremberg workshop. Especially when the work in question only makes a public appearance every five years or so.
Fortunately for us, the buzz and reverence return with the Albertina’s new Dürer exhibition. It draws on the museum’s world-leading collection of Dürer’s works, supplemented by loans from the likes of Italy’s Uffizi museum.
Over 100 drawings, 12 paintings, and various rare documents make up the exhibition. All are valuable in themselves as works of art, but all also provide insights into both Dürer’s humanistic approach to art and his workshop approach to drawing.
The result is is the first such comprehensive exhibition of Dürer’s works at the Albertina since 2003.
The Albertina’s collection of masterful Dürer pieces extends well beyond “just” the Young Hare. For example, expect to see portraits, cityscapes, and Bacchanalian scenes, including the pen-and-ink Praying hands from 1508, the Wing of a European Roller watercolour, and the 1503 Great Piece of Turf (clearly creative inspiration didn’t extend to naming his paintings).
Other highlights from international loans include 1504’s Adoration of the Magi and 1506’s Christ among the Doctors, to name but two.
Dates and tickets
The Dürer exhibition opens on Friday, 20th September 2019 and ends on Monday, 6th January 2020.
The Albertina opens daily from 10am to 6pm (9pm on Wednesdays and Fridays). However, it often has extended hours during top exhibitions, typically opening a little earlier than normal.
Once inside, be sure to save some time for exploring the palace rooms and the other exhibitions after you’ve feasted on the Dürers, particularly the excellent Batliner collection with its Picassos, Monets, and more.
How to get to the Dürer exhibition
Address: Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna