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.
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