Experience Vienna’s unique culture by visiting the different museums in the Austrian capital. If you’re heading to this great metropolitan area in the next months or so, make sure to plan a trip to the Albertina Palace.
The museum there is currently holding two major exhibitions. The Cars exhibit features the late works of modern artist Andy Warhol and this will run until May 16. Some 40 art creations done by Warhol while he was commissioned by the Daimler Art Collection are now on display there. The bright pop art works revolve around the origin of the automobile and showcases a wide range of vehicles from the vintage to the modern racing cars. Other artists featured are Robert Longo, Sylvie Fleury and Vincent Szarek.
Another exhibition currently taking place at the Albertina is the By Order of the Emperor. Running until May 24, this exhibit features some 300 watercolor paintings dating back to the 19th century, specifically in 1835, as commissioned by Emperor Ferdinand I (the reason for the title). At that time, important artists in Austria were tasked to come up with a picture book showcasing the country’s most attractive towns and scenic places as well as that of neighboring nations. The period covered the years 1833 until 1848 which was the end of the Year of Revolution.
The Albertina is said to own 226 of these watercolor paintings that boast of the panoramic views of Austria and its neighbors. Works by Jakob and Rudolf von Alt are considered to be the finest among the entire collection.
The Albertina Museum in Vienna’s first district is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Every Wednesday, it extends its opening hours until 9 p.m. It boasts of having 65,000 drawings and one million vintage master prints making it one of the world’s largest print collections.
Mercedes Typ 400 Tourenwagen, 1925
Siebdruck, Acryl auf Leinwand, 1986
Daimler Kunst Sammlung © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.Inc. / VBK, Wien 2010