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”Wild Beasts” at the Albertina

”Wild Beasts” at the Albertina

Fauvism, we are told, was a movement simultaneously avant-garde and neo-classical. The eight rooms of the Albertina’s new show provide us with a fine opportunity to investigate and enjoy this paradox. Their 160 works are mostly paintings, but there are also sculptures, drawings, woodblocks, ceramics, and even a big carved bed. The Fauves (wild beasts) […]

The Fifth Column: May 2013

The Fifth Column: May 2013

Zoo Story Founded as an imperial menagerie in 1752, Schönbrunn is the oldest zoo in the world, influencing fashion and even literature (Giraffen in Wien, 1828), and providing exotic emergency rations for a starving city during the First World War. After Schönbrunn was privatised in the early 1990s the zoo was radically sorted out by […]

Schröder Stays at Albertina

Klaus Albrecht Schröder will remain director of the Albertina through 2019, according to an announcement by Culture Minister Claudia Schmied. In position since 2000, his contract was set to expire in 2014. Schröder has led the institution through several controversies, including the flooding of a storage area where important works like Albrecht Dürer’s The Hare […]

The Importance of Being (Max) Ernst

The Importance of Being (Max) Ernst

“Before he descends, a diver never knows what he will bring back up,” wrote Max Ernst, an experimental artist who delved deep into the life of the mind, and a fitting tag line to Ernst’s retrospective at Vienna’s Albertina through 5 May. Walking through, visitors are swept along the path of Ernst’s life and, inseparably, […]

Impressionists at the Albertina

Once again, the Albertina – justifiably renowned as housing one of the most important graphic collections in Europe – has mounted an exhibition devoted to … painting. This time the emphasis is not, as before, on the works of an individual artist (Edvard Munch in 2003, Vincent van Gogh in 2008, Gerhard Richter in 2009), […]

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