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Vienna Showcase at the Albertina modern

The Albertina modern museum

The Albertina modern was opened as an annex of the world-famous Albertina in May 2020, and occupies around 2,500 m² in the totally renovated Künstlerhaus on Karlsplatz. The most important collections of Austrian art after 1945, the Essl Collection and the Jablonka Collection, form the basis of Vienna's newest museum.

The Albertina modern represents modern, postmodern and contemporary art. The museum's collections bring together formative Austrian artists such as Hermann Nitsch, Maria Lassnig, and Valie Export, as well as Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Christian Ludwig Attersee, and Gottfried Helnwein.

The Albertina modern also focuses on important national artists of the 20th century down to the present day. The museum's collections include the pop art of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as well as works by Damien Hirst, Jonathan Meese, and Anselm Kiefer. In total, the new art hot-spot has over 60,000 artworks by 5,000 artists.

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The Essl Collection

The exhibition offered for the first time in Vienna an overview of the Essl Collection with 150 main works of the most famous artists from 1960 to the present day: from Antoni Tàpies to Erwin Wurm and Maria Lassnig, via Georg Baselitz, Alex Katz and Per Kirkeby, to Fang Lijun, Annette Messager, Andreas Gursky, and Nam June Paik. The paintings, sculptures, objects, installations, and videos in this exhibition also gave an idea of the diverse media of the Essl Collection, which has been in the possession of the Albertina since 2017.

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