September 8th, 2019 is the centenary of Maria Lassnig’s birth, and the Albertina museum is honouring the occasion with a retrospective that opens two days beforehand.
- “Ways of Being” exhibition of the key works of this influential Austrian painter
- A cooperation with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
- Open daily, Sept 6 – Dec 1, 2019
- Just needs a normal museum entrance ticket (or a Vienna Pass)
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Lassnig as pioneer
Once largely ignored, Maria Lassnig’s reputation blossomed in her later years when she became recognised as one of the most influential modern-day painters, particularly through the self-portraits that gave form to her “body-awareness” approach to painting.
As a result, Lassnig’s work has graced the exhibition halls of various prestigious institutions, including the Tate Liverpool, London’s Serpentine Gallery, and New York’s MoMA PS1.
Lassnig was a pioneer away from the canvas, too, becoming the first woman to hold a professorship at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (which once counted a certain Gustav Klimt among its students).
The Albertina vaults house over 100 works by this Austrian artist, and these form the basis of a retrospective in celebration of what would have been her 100th birthday in 2019. This video gives you a flavour of what to expect (it introduces the previous Lassnig exhibition from 2017):
Dates and tickets
See the Lassnig exhibition from Friday, 6th September through to Sunday, 1st December 2019. The Albertina opens daily; opening times may change but are currently 10 am to 6 pm (with late opening on Wednesdays and Fridays). The museum sometimes opens earlier in the day during a major exhibition.
The museum has exhibitions running concurrently, so make time for those, too. In particular, a rare Dürer exhibition is on at more or less the same time. Then there is the permanent exhibition of paintings and other items from the Batliner collection, plus the staterooms (the Albertina is a palace – literally and figuratively).
How to get to the Maria Lassnig exhibition
The Albertina is within walking distance of the very centre of Vienna, nestled among the collection of historical buildings that make up, well, pretty much the entire old town. Find subway and tram advice on the main Albertina museum page.
Address: Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna | Website