Vienna and it’s Albertina Museum

I’m currently in Vienna, Austria and I’m feeling inspired to write about this place, even before I’m back home.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a lover of the arts and I’m always looking for ways to broaden my knowledge on the infinity that is this subject. Unfortunately, my travel companions usually prefer to soak up culture by interacting with locals, tying different foods and getting lost on unfamiliar streets. Actually, I’d be lying if I said I don’t love this myself, but every now and again a Museum will enter my radar and I’m left feeling defeated as I leave the city’s borders without even coming close to entering the ticket hall. Maybe I should travel alone more often? Well, I couldn’t bear to come to Vienna and ignore all its glorious museums, after all, it is Vienna.

I decided to pick one that specifically appealed to my interests and in an area I knew something about, but not what I deemed enough.

With a night stroll in the city centre and a little searching of the web, I very quickly decided I wanted to see the Albertina Museum, where an exhibition was being held on Raphael. I was also drawn to its permanent collection because it includes famous artworks by Monet, Cezanne, Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and Georg Baselitz.

I couldn’t contain my excitement as I walked through the pink hall with ticket in hand.

I began with the Raphael exhibition.

Self-Portrait by Raphael 1504-1506

Next was the permanent collection called Monet to Picasso.

View of Vetheuil by Claude Monet 1881
Woman in a Green Hat by Pablo Picasso 1947

Lastly, Contemporary Art

Reflections On Hair by Roy Lichtenstein 1989
Someone Paints My Portrait by Georg Baselitz 2002

After leaving, I felt confident I had chosen the right museum. I was also happy to see that my sister, although tired, had genuinly enjoyed it too.

So, if you are reading this with the aim of deciding whether the Albertina Museum is worth the visit or not, then please let me explain why I think it is.

The Albertina has a collection of both the ‘old’ and the ‘new’. There are works of the High Renaissance as well as Contemporary Art, ¬†which some of my photos prove. It’s small enough that you can get through most of it in one visit (assuming you’re not going at snails pace) but big enough that you’re sure to come across a few surprises and discover something new. And, if you too are travelling with someone who isn’t quite a fan of museums, then once they’ve seen the more ‘famous’ pieces, send them off for a stroll in the palace state rooms, which are beautiful and photo worthy.

In conclusion, the Albertina Museum is the kind of place you won’t regret visiting.

Walking around the state rooms of the palace
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