The queue (I was in it) 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
What’s it all about?
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 it was completed 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’s a while away yet, so I don’t have precise details, but it will draw on the museum’s world-leading collection of Dürer’s drawings, supplemented by loans from elsewhere.
The Albertina has a number of masterful Dürer works beyond the Young Hare. For example, expect to see the pen-and-ink Praying hands from 1508, the Wing of a European Roller watercolour, and the 1503 Great Piece of Turf (clearly Dürer’s creative inspiration didn’t extend to naming his paintings).
More info as I get it…
Dates and tickets
Current plans are for the exhibition to open on Friday, 20th September 2019 and end on Monday, 6th January 2020.
The Albertina opens daily and usually has extended hours during top exhibitions, typically from 9 am to 6 pm (with late opening on one or two days a week).
Tickets to the museum cost €16 for adults at the time of writing, with concessions. This may change by the time the Dürer exhibition starts. Fast-track tickets* are available. At the moment, a Vienna Pass (see my review) gets you free entry.
How to get to the Dürer exhibition
Address: Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna | Website