After visiting the Kunsthistoriches Museum, we walked five minutes to the Albertina Gallery.  

We had one painting to check off the list in the Albertina, The Hare.  It is by Albrecht Durer.  It is so simple and yet so detailed and precise.  As you look closely, I got taken in by how realistic it is.  Many theories exist how he painted the details -- perhaps he captured this rabbit and used it as a model.  This rabbit seems to be a bit of a mascot for Vienna.  They have large ones all over the city!

The gallery had great exhibits going on.  

The "Monet to Picasso" exhibit was fantastic.  What wasn't to like.  After the Kunsthistoriches, it seemed so bright and cheerful.  This was a great preview of the modern era of art.  

I really liked this Monet and Degas paintings.  I love the colors and the texture of the paintings.  It is a great summary of the modern painting era.

They also had an exhibit on "Seurat, Signac, Van Gogh: Ways of Pointillism."  It had just opened and there were posters for it all over Vienna.  I knew from the first day we arrived, that I had to see this exhibit.  I had never understand the inspiration for Van Gogh -- pointillism freed Van Gogh to use the large strokes and allow those strokes to stand out.  Here are some earlier examples of the pointillism technique -- I made them big so you can see it!

Jason and I did not love the "Albertina Contemporary" exhibit.  It was a little too  contemporary for my taste.  We did a very quick walk through of this exhibit.  

One critique was that the museum was difficult to negotiate.  Somehow we ended up entering every exhibit NOT at the beginning.  

Times visited: 1
Time in museum: 2 hrs
Overall: A-

Kunsthistoriches Museum Wien

Our first museum visit of this trip was the Kunsthistoriches Museum Wien.  I may not sure we (the world) are insistent on renaming countries or cities.  Wien is what the local Viennese call their city.  This is their main museum.  It is across from an identical building, which houses their natural history museum.  

The entrance to the museum is beautiful.  As you come up the main staircase, it is hard to know where to look.  There is a beautiful statue and the murals on the ceiling are beautiful.  Klimt did the murals.  It is gorgeous.  

I had a quick check-list of paintings we wanted to find.  They were all over the board in terms of era that they represented.  I liked the Pieter Bruegel the Elder paintings.  They were a lot lighter than I expected.  Unfortunately, the Rubens was on loan elsewhere.  I was disappointed that no where did they note that the painting was on loan.  My husband and I finally asked where it was.  The museum did an interesting job presenting the materials.  I like the large signage within the room (that stood alone).  I did not love how crowded some of the rooms were.  Literally the Vermeer was in the corner. 

This museum also had a few other interesting exhibits of Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities. 

Times visited: 1
Time in museum: 2 hrs
Overall: B+


National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

Our next to last stop of the day was the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.  This was a must stop on the list since I needed to see a few paintings for my list!

The museum (like all the others) accepted the Oslo card, so we were really going in and out quite quickly.  One piece I really liked about this museum -- the walls are color coated.  Each color of the four corresponds to a painting periods.  It made it really easy to quickly find the section of the museum we were looking for!

I really wanted to see the Edvard Munch paintings.  His paintings were just recently re-displayed at the museum.  I believe it has been loaned out while the museum was under construction.  It was loaned to el Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, so I was surprised when I was there in June to see quite a bit of The Scream in the gift shop.  Our main objective in the museum was to see this!

What a classic well-known painting!  I unfortunately did not get a picture of Dance of Life or Girls on a bridge.  

I was also really excited to see these other paintings.  Norwegian artists had a particular focus on nature and natural scenes.  I won't describe it in detail -- I actually took a picture of the description in the museum since I found it so interesting.  

I wish the museum had a print of this painting within the genre.  I found the scene so evokative of our trip to Norway.

Unfortunately, I do not think the picture captures the texture and colors in the sunset particularly well.  I also really liked this similar painting:

We really enjoyed our (brief) stop at the National Museum in Oslo!  

Time in museum: 20 minutes
Times visited: 1
Overall: A-


Norway's Resistance Museum

After visiting the Nobel Peace Center, we walked over to Norway's Resistance Museum, which is on the port as well.  I was intrigued by the museum and the history behind an occupied territory.

The museum is in the Akershus Fortress.  

The museum was much bigger than we expected.  It is organized chronologically and really walks through the lead-up to World War II and through to the end of the war.  The content was really interesting.  It was a nice lead in from the Nobel Peace Center with its feature exhibit; this almost starts where that left off.  Norway resisted the German invasion.  Norway was at an interesting position as it is disconnected from mainland Europe and fairly close to the UK.  It is believed that Hitler was fairly paranoid about an invasion via Norway to mainland Europe.  With Sweden maintaining its neutrality throughout the war, it also offered an easy "out" for all protesters in Norway.  

I think the museum painted an extremely optimistic picture of the engagement and sentiment within Norway during the occupation of Norway.  That being said, it was really interesting to see how Norwegians protested actively and worked against the occupation.  

I wish the exhibits had been more edited.  It was a lot of content, and I am not sure all of it was value-add.  

Overall though great content and examples.  It was very well laid out and told a good story.

Time in museum: 45 minutes
Times visited: 1
Overall: B+