The permanent exhibition „Monet to Picasso. The Batliner collection.” at the museum Albertina in Vienna offers an extensive overview of one of the most important chapters in art history: the turn from figurative to abstract art.
To which extent modern art is an evolutionary development of 19th century art or rather the result of a break in the unity of cultural values, the visitor can in either case find valuable clues to this question in this elaborately arranged exhibition. In a total of 11 halls, a chronology of European art history unfolds before the viewer; leading from a “viewing experience to a learning experience”, as the Albertina’s director K.A. Schröder puts it.
In this period around the turn of the century and afterwards, one of the most profound revolutions in recent art history came about. Perhaps because there was a lot to discover, or because conventions and theoretical boundaries were transcended and the historical and social circumstances were favourable, in these years the foundation for a new conception of art was consolidated, a conception based on experimentation, on the myth of overcoming traditions and on the creed of the avant-garde.
The core of this permanent exhibition is the Batliner collection, one of the most renowned collections in Europe, containing about 500 items. In 2007 the collection was handed over to the Albertina by Rita and Herbert Batliner as a loan. After being shown in the Eremitage of Saint Petersburg and in the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in 2013, it is now back and on display in the Albertina. (written by Cem Angeli)
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