When it comes to Art, there's always such galleries as Albertina appears in mind.
ALBERTINA Contemporary Art presents artworks created from the second half of the 20th century to the present. Around 70 works by artists including Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, Gottfried Helnwein, Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, and Maria Lassnig represent the broad diversity of post-1945 artistic stances.
Key works illustrate international trends running from hyperrealism to abstraction and from color-aesthetic to political themes, thereby exemplifying the multifaceted artistic output of the past several decades.
An additional highlight is the ALBERTINA Museum’s very first showing of newly acquired works by Brigitte Kowanz, Los Carpinteros, Rainer Wölzl, and Kiki Smith.
The current presentation of ALBERTINA Contemporary Art shows a selection of about eighty works from the ALBERTINA’s comprehensive and continuously growing holdings of present- day art. The exhibition focuses on highlights of the institution’s collections, on both already known key works and on new acquisitions. The emphasis of the presentation is on the confrontation of international achievements and positions of Austrian art. It is part of the ALBERTINA’s collecting strategy to purchase groups of works instead of isolated items to ensure a complex understanding of the artistic idea and compositional principles of an oeuvre.
Only drawings and prints are purchased for the ALBERTINA’s Graphic Art Collection. However, many artists have donated important paintings to the museum as they regard their production as an inseparable artistic whole: drawings, printed works, and paintings are nothing but different forms of expression of the same artistic concept and idea.
Expression, colors, depth, conception - are all about the exhibition 'Warhol bis Richter'. We are not going to describe to you the whole exhibition, because you have to feel the energy of these masterpieces. But we can share some of our favorites. So hurry up to enjoy the exposition till the 22 of April!
Pain, injury, and violence are the subjects upon which Vienna-born artist Gottfried Helnwein’s work pivots. His central motif is the figure of the vulnerable and defenceless child. This figure not only embodies the entire range of psychological and social fears but also provides the artist with a means to explore historical themes like National Socialism and the Holocaust as well as taboos such as abuse. The fascination with Helnwein’s hyperrealist pictures, which always draw on photographic models, lies in their technical perfection.
Having taken a critical stance towards society since his early days as an artist, he is still regarded as a provocateur: “Actually, my work has always been an attempt to come to terms with—and react to—what affects me.”