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Miro, From Earth to Sky – Vienna – Austria

Joan Miró - Women, Bird in the Moonlight), October, 1949 -Oil on canvas - London, Tate © Successió Miró 2014/Bildrecht, Vienna, 2014

Joan Miró – Women, Bird in the Moonlight), October, 1949 -Oil on canvas – London, Tate © Successió Miró 2014/Bildrecht, Vienna, 2014

From 12 September 2014 to 11 January 2015 – Albertina

With his imaginative pictorial motifs, Joan Miró is one of the most popular artists of the 20th century. The Albertina is dedicating a solo exhibition to the Catalonian artist containing around 100 paintings, drawings and objects, which strives to emphasise the poetic quality of the famous Surrealist.

Joan Miró - Painting, April 12, 1933 - Oil on canvas - Národní Galery Prag © Successió Miró 2014/Bildrecht, Vienna, 2014

Joan Miró – Painting, April 12, 1933 – Oil on canvas – Národní Galery Prag © Successió Miró 2014/Bildrecht, Vienna, 2014

iró’s painting is characterised by a sense of lightness and spontaneity. He looks upon the world with a carefree, almost childish fascination for all things. His unmistakable pictorial language is as magical as it is universal. Moons, stars and comets, eyes and insects, birds and women populate his paintings and are among the most recognisable elements of his art. Miró’s works provide insight into his poetic perception and interpretation of the original, of that which is actually essential in things, the world and the universe.

Albertina Museum

Albrecht Dürer – Washington D.C. – USA

Albrecht Dürer - Abduction on a Unicorn

Albrecht Dürer – Abduction on a Unicorn, 1516 – etching (iron) – Meder, no. 67- Rosenwald Collection

From March 24 to June 9, 2013 – National Gallery of Art

Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina
Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) has long been considered the greatest German artist, uniquely combining the status held in Italian art by Michelangelo in the sixteenth century, by Raphael in the 18th and 19th centuries, and by Leonardo da Vinci in our own day.

While Dürer’s paintings were prized, his most influential works were his drawings, watercolors, engravings, and woodcuts. They were executed with his distinctively northern sense of refined precision and exquisite craftsmanship. The finest collection of Dürer’s drawings and watercolors is that of the Albertina in Vienna, Austria.

Albrecht Dürer - Portrait of a Clergyman (Johann Dorsch?), 1516 - oil on parchment on fabric painted surface: 41.7 x 32.7 cm (16 7/16 x 12 7/8 in.) Samuel H. Kress Collection

Albrecht Dürer – Portrait of a Clergyman (Johann Dorsch?), 1516 – oil on parchment on fabric painted surface: 41.7 x 32.7 cm (16 7/16 x 12 7/8 in.) Samuel H. Kress Collection

The Albertina’s works by Dürer have been acquired over many years, but the museum’s ability to amass such a collection of masterpieces results from primary sources that go directly back to the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II. Dürer was his favorite artist, and the emperor spared no expense in searching for Dürer’s art. He used imperial ambassadors and the machinery of state to succeed in his purchases, among them extraordinary acquisitions from the Imhoff family in Nuremberg, whose works included Dürer’s personal estate.

This groundbreaking exhibition is a culmination of decades of acquisition, study, and exhibitions of early German art at the National Gallery of Art. It presents 91—including most—of the superb Dürer watercolors and drawings from the Albertina and 27 of the museum’s best related engravings and woodcuts. It also includes 19 closely related drawings and prints from the Gallery’s own collection.

National Gallery of Art

Emperor Maximilian I and the age of Durer – Vienna – Austria

Albrecht Dürer - Innsbruck von Norden, um 1496 - Aquarell, Spuren von Deckfarben, mit Deckweiß gehöht - Albertina, Wien

Until the 6 of January 2013 – Albertina
Many of the most important works created for the propaganda and in memory of Maximilian I are preserved in the Albertina. These include works of Albrecht Dürer, but also the extraordinary Triumphal Procession of Albrecht Altdorfer and his workshop, which will form the core of the exhibit. Of the original 109 large-sized parchment sheets with flamboyantly colourful representations of riders, magnificent chariots and landsknechts, sheets 49 to 109 are preseved in the Albertina and, compiled as a frieze, amount to a length of more than 54 metres. In addition to this unique work, other important imperial commissions are presented, such as the monumental woodcut  Arch of Honor and the book projects Theuerdank, Weisskunig and Freydal, which are very closely intertwined with one another in terms of form and ideas. Emperor Maximilian I has been called the “Last Knight” since the 19 th century, although he stood at the beginning of a Europe-wide renaissance of chivalry represented in the form of magnificent tournaments and armaments.

Niklas Reiser - Maria von Burgund, um 1500 - Öl auf Holz - Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien, Gemäldegalerie


In addition to many other themes, the exhibition presents this illustrious aspect of the art from the time of Maximilian with numerous examples from the internal collection, complemented by important loans from international museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) and the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History) Vienna.


The Age of Pieter Brueghel – Budapest – Hungary

Pieter Brueghel - The Sermon of St John the Baptist - 1566 - Oil on wood, 95 x 160,5 cm - Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

From 15 June 2012 to 16 September 2012 – The Museum of Fine Arts

At a time of stormy historical events in the sixteenth-century the Netherlands underwent vast changes in its intellectual life and the arts. This century saw a deepening of the divide between medieval and modern cultures with Italian Humanism and Renaissance playing a major role in the formation of the new, humanistic system of values.

Up to now the Museum of Fine Arts has not stage an exhibition solely devoted to sixteenth-century Netherlandish drawings, since only a smaller part of these works was displayed in 1932 and 1967 in shows spanning two or more centuries. In the past decades European museums also failed to mount exhibitions providing a comprehensive picture of the great changes that took place in Netherlandish drawing between 1500 and 1600.

Pieter Brueghel -Schilder En Kenner - Painter and Connoisseur- 1565, approx. 25 x 21.6 cm. Pen and brown ink Albertina Vienna (Vien), Austria

he Budapest collection of drawings – similarly to other collections – does not have extensive enough material to present the art of all the prominent Netherlandish masters; therefore, for the sake of completeness, we will borrow some important sheets by Jan Gossaert, Pieter Brueghel, Roelandt Savery, Bartholomeus Spranger, Lodewijk Toeput and Frederick Sustris from the Albertina in Vienna. However, our collection is famous for some specialists, which significantly increases its importance. Among these, the rich and diverse landscape depictions deserve primary mention, since the museum is able to boast of complete series by Pieter Stevens, Paulus van Vianen, Frederick van Valckenborch, “the master of the Budapest sketchbook” and Anton Mirou. We also own landscape drawings of outstanding quality by Hans Bol, Jacques Savery, Jan Brueghel and Abraham Bloemart. We owe the invitation extended to our museum by the Louvre in 2008 to exhibit our sixteenth-century drawings mainly to our collection of landscape drawings which contains treasured rarities. Then only 80 of our drawings were showcased, while the upcoming exhibition will include another 40 sheets. The added works as well as the explanations and inspirational prefigurations for each drawing will illustrate the process of change with convincing power.

The exhibition to run from June will showcase rare figural sheets by masters from whom only a few drawings are known worldwide. Among such special works are the “Trionfi” (triumphal procession) series by Michiel Coxcie, a study sheet by Cornelis Engebrechtsz from a sketchbook, Frans Floris’ early, allegorical and mythological drawings and Egidius Sadeler’s red chalk study of the Roman Palatine Hill. The thematic and technical diversity of the drawings are rendered palpable by the outstanding figural works by the most important masters: Bernaert van Orley, Maarten van Heemskerck, Denys Calvaert, Pieter Candid, Frederick Sustris, Karel van Mander, Hendrick Goltzius and Jacques de Gheyn.

The Museum of Fine Arts

Kirchner, Heckel, Nolde: The Werner Collection – Vienna – Austria

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Frauenbildnis mit Hut, 1911-1912 - Wachskreiden auf Papier - Albertina, Wien - Dauerleihgabe der Sammlung Werner

From June 1, 2012 to August 26, 2012 – Albertina

Presented in this exhibition is the exceptional collection of a woman whose career following the Second World War started as a simple secretary and led to becoming the right hand woman of the renowned art dealer Wilhelm Grosshennig in Dusseldorf, and a passionate art collector after 1960.

Erich Heckel - Frau vor Bäumen, 1925 - Schwarze Kreide und Aquarell - Albertina, Wien - Dauerleihgabe der Sammlung Werner

he selection includes around 90 works with a focus on German Expressionism. In addition to outstanding work groups from Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Emil Nolde, works from a considerable ensemble of German art from the 19th century and Western European greats like Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani will also be shown.

Emil Nolde - Zwei Dampfer, um 1915 - Aquarell auf Japanpapier - Albertina, Wien - Dauerleihgabe der Sammlung Werner


Gustav Klimt – The Drawings – Vienna – Austria

Gustav Klimt - Bildnis einer Dame mit Cape und Hut im Dreiviertelprofil, 1897-98 - Schwarze und rote Kreide - © Albertina, Wien

From March 14, 2012 toJune 10,  2012 – The Albertina

The great popularity of the illustrator Gustav Klimt is primarily based on the intoxicating sensuality of his female studies from the nude. The exhibition Gustav Klimt – The Drawings memorably visualises just how complex his draughtsmanship really is. The Albertina is showing a large part of its famous Klimt holdings, which consist of 170 sheets. The show is supplemented by outstanding loans from Austrian and international collections. The exhibition features a rich spectrum of figure studies, monumental work drawings and pictorial allegories. Klimt created fascinating effects with economical technical means: with chalk, pencil or coloured pencils, occasionally with a pen or watercolours and gold paint. Several series of figure studies are found in the Albertina that were created by Klimt in connection with important allegorical paintings or portraits. In these sheets he got to the essence of a certain pose, movement or frame of mind step by step. Each sheet has an autonomous significance.

Gustav Klimt - Studie eines Frauenkopfes im Dreiviertelprofil für die "Unkeuschheit" im "Beethovenfries", 1901-1902 - Albertina, Wien

articularly these rarely shown series convey deep insight into the work methods and the mental and emotional universe of an artist who practically never spoke about his art.

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