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“Yet another tourist attraction”
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Owner description: Situated in the very heart of Vienna's City center, the Albertina houses one of the most important art collections of the world. Founded in 1776, the Museum today owns masterpieces by Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Duerer, Rembrandt etc. These collections are presented in temporary exhibitions. The Batliner Collection "From Monet to Picasso" is permanentely on display and shows the most important works by artists from the age of modernism. The Habsburg Historic Staterooms of the Albertina give an air of Imperial glamour.
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“Yet another tourist attraction”
Reviewed December 9, 2013 via mobile

But a bit overpriced for what it is offering. The original collection isn't there most of the time, so check for it in advance. Seeing the works of Matisse right now is quite thrilling, but the architecture of the building is impressive, too.

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verena d, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Albertina, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
Yes ist true, the Albertina houses more than a million artworks, and it´s rather tricky to present all of them permanently. That´s the reason why the Albertina decided to present the masterpieces of the collection among loans of worldwide famous artworks in temporary exhibitions.
Fans of graphic art enjoy masterpieces of clair obscures right now, check out the website, the Hare of Durer will be back in march 2014. Fans of contemporary art will be pleased to see the works of Eric Fischl in 2014, right now they can see the paintings of Georg Baselitz or Sonja Gangl. Artlovers who enjoy classical modern art meet Matisse and the Fauves until 12th of january 2014 or they can see the collection of Batliner presenting art from Monet to Picasso. So, just to meet your expectations, check out the website or send us an email we will be happy to inform you about the programme! info@albertina.at
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“Great museum with fantastic temporary exhibits”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

Yes, when visiting the Albertina half of what you are looking for in the permanent collection is often missing - so you must check in advance. This time we were told nothing from the main collection paintings remained, most of it was in Russia. But when the temporary exhibits are so wonderful, why not just enjoy the museum. This time was Matisse and the Fauves, another fantastic exhibition. We previously years ago saw an Alex Katz exhibit that was out of this world as well as one on German Expressionism. The museum like all the museums in Vienna is run like an efficient machine - this city is the perfect museum city.

Visited November 2013
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“Henri Matisse work will cheer you up”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

Enjoy the colors no matter what was the original reason why artists experimented with so called unnatural, better say unusual colors, take your time to get used to this refreshing style. Inspire yourself and be brave to become creative too. Beauty around us means beauty in our hearts as well.

Visited November 2013
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“Don't bother”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

If you want to see some of the Albertina's world famous collection of graphic art don't bother. Not a single work is on show. When we went the top floor was given over to works by Austrian and German artists, the middle floor had a show by Matisse and the Fauves (there's a very good reason the movement only lasted three years!) and the ground floor to modern Russian stuff. We felt we'd been robbed.

Visited November 2013
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Albertina_Service, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Albertina, responded to this review, March 31, 2015
Dear salehurstkate, I see, we did not meet your expectations, we are sorry about that! In many guide books you can read misleading informations: Yes, the Albertina does own more then 900.000 graphics by Michelangelo, Rembrand, Rubens, Raffael, Durer.. etc etc.. BUT works on papers are extremely sensitive to light and therefor very fragil. Thats the reason, all these treasures are on display temporarily within temporary exhibtions. @ Dear tripadvisors, if you want to know what to expect in the Albertina - just let us know right here or check the expositions calender on our Website - in any case we would love to inform you in order to reassure you will spend a nice time in the Albertina!
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“Matisse and the Fauves”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

Great exhibition, but no other masterpieces to see in Albertina. where are the 65.000 prints that the museum website advertises? The exhibition is truly excellent, but I think the museum should be more honest with the description and adjust the price of entrance fee accordingly.

Visited November 2013
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