Look! New Acquisitions
Curated by Klaus Albrecht Schröder and Antonia Hoerschelmann
6 July to 1 October 2017
The Albertina Museum, Vienna © Anselm Kiefer and The Albertina Museum, Vienna
If you are in Vienna and have a hankering to view modern or contemporary art, the Albertina, MUMOK and 21er Haus are the places to visit.
At the Albertina their permanent exhibition, Monet to Picasso, includes every modern artist of importance up to about the mid-twentieth century (from memory, there are works by Klee, Chagall, Matisse, Giacometti, Bacon, Miro… and many others), so you have a guarantee of viewing exceptional art whatever you find in their current exhibitions. These, frankly, can be of variable quality, but they are usually interesting and often excellent. On previous occasions I saw a brilliant exhibition built around Antonioni’s great film Blow-Up (it had scenes from the film itself, some of Antonioni’s paintings, photography by David Bailey and Don McCullin, etc.) and another, equally memorable, devoted to Lee Miller’s war photography. There was also a Gottfried Helnwein retrospective, reviewed at this site.
This year at the Albertina I saw some works by Helnwein again; his images still have the power to disturb. They were in the Look! New Acquisitions exhibition, alongside works by William Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer (his Woglinde above), Adolf Frohner and others. Most arresting here, however, was Csaba Nemes’ Hotel Metropole series, drawings centred on the building that was the headquarters of the Gestapo during the Anchluss. It is the place where the protagonist of Stefan Zweig’s Schachnovelle is taken to be interrogated.
Details of the Albertina’s current exhibitions can be found here.
Csaba Nemes’ website is here.
Some drawings from the Hotel Metropole drawing installation are here.
My review of Stefan Zweig’s Schachnovelle is here.