Great Impressionist works plus photography and graphic art collections.
Certainly this is one of the more interesting museums and, even if your time in Vienna is limited, definitely worth a visit. Named after Maria Theresia's son-in-law, Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen, the Albertina is home to nearly 50,000 drawings and watercolours and the world's largest collection of graphic art. It was Prince Albert who began the collection, that today covers the period between the 14th and 21st centuries, and contains early works by Albrecht Dürer, drawings by Hieronymus Bosch, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Rubens and Rembrandt. Later acquisitions include works by Paul Cézanne, Schiele, Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Georg Baselitz.
Since Klaus Albrecht Schröder, charismatic museum director, took over 10 years ago the collection has slowly grown and today houses a key collection of Impressionist canvases and some great works by Paul Klee from the Carl Djerassi Collection. The Albertina also regularly exhibits works from its extensive photographic collection. The former Hapsburg chambers – which have been sumptuously renovated – are open to visitors, the Hall of the Muses is particularly beautiful with its white statues and crystal chandeliers. On the terrace, which formed part of the old wall, notice the spectacular titanium wing designed by Hans Hollein, the hallmark of the new Albertina.