Hi Incurable travelers,
Here we are at the last day in Vienna, even half a day because our return flight with Austrian Airlines was scheduled for the very first afternoon, again with a propeller plane, an experience that won the initial distrust offers wonderful views of the Alps and the Venetian Lagoon.
We decided to devote virtually all morning at the Albertina Museum, but before we went to the Augustinerkirche, which lies 200 meters from the Museum, admiring one of the most spectacular works by Canova, a funerary monument to Maria Christina of Austria.
This is an imposing white pyramid with a central dark opening, towards which he heads a sad procession. Was commissioned by Prince Albert of Saxe-Teschen, to pay homage to his beloved wife Maria Cristina after his death in 1798.
In central medallion you can recognize a bas-relief, supported by a figure representing happiness, depicting the portrait of Maria Cristina, surrounded by the figure of a snake biting its tail as a symbol of eternity. Among the characters in the procession is depicted the personification of virtue which sustains the jar of ashes in two maidens; charity holding together a blind old man and a little girl. A pall of marble that looks like silk from how wonderfully made the pleats accompanies the procession towards the central opening to symbolize the continuity between life and death.
We, unfortunately, managed to take pictures because it was celebrating Sunday mass, but we assure you that it is worth stopping to admire this masterpiece of Italian sculpture.
Left the Church we headed to the Albertina Museum and we proceeded to make a ticket, facilitated for the Vienna card, and to take the audioguide in Italian. We advise you to take one every two, as each appliance can attach two headphones (not supplied by the Museum, but you have to have them with you) and from the ticket office will take you to a princely staircase that leads to the halls of the Museum.
Still there we said that the building in which the Albertina Museum was one of the residential buildings of the Habsburgs and then represents in its interiors and furnishing the prestige of the family who lived in the Palace of the Albertina Museum underwent a “rehash” architecture by Hans Hollein in 2003 that redefined the roof giving it the shape of a wing within the Albertina museum, as well as in all the museums in the world, to protect the copyright of works is forbidden to photograph and then this article will be all without photographs.
The view for which we decided to visit the Albertina Museum’s “from Monet to Picasso” and you can admire some of the works of these two artists, but also the paintings of many painters that characterized the classic modernism, through the permanent exhibition of the collection Kirchner.
Are some hundred works presented at the Albertina Museum ranging from French impressionism, pointillism and Fauvism with works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Braque, Matisse and Vlaminck, to switch to the masterpieces of groups of expressionist artists Die Brücke “currents” and “Der blaue Reiter” like Kirchner, Kandinsky, and Nolde, and end up with many works by Pablo Picasso.
In other sections of the Albertina Museum, you can admire one of the most significant and comprehensive collections in the world, consisting of fifty thousand drawings and watercolors and approximately nine hundred thousand engravings and screen prints, ranging from the late Gothic period to the present.
Always the Albertina Museum, from February 26, 2016, at 26 June 2016 with the same ticket, you can visit the exhibition from Chagall to Malewitsch — a pictorial review on Russian avant-garde, which sees itself as the most important currents on Cubism, abstraction and Constructivism.
the works of the artists on show, such as Mikhail Larionow, Natalia Gontscharowa, Kasimir Malewitsch, Wassily Kandinsky or Chagall, they are the best example of these currents of painting that have characterized the Russian culture in the first half of the 20th century.
Other two exhibitions, one titled Provke on the postwar Japanese photography and a monographic exhibition on Ansel Kiefer, important German artist, were planned for the days we were at the Albertina Museum, but because of the need not to lose the plane we had to see them very quickly and without being able to devote their attention.
Abandoned the Albertina Art Museum we treated ourselves to a snack of sausages and bretzlen in a kiosk in a square adjacent to the Museum and we have, unfortunately, taken the subway to retrieve our bags at the Hotel Zeitgeist Vienna Hauptbahnhof, which he hosted in the days of stay in the Austrian capital to head by train to the airport with the conviction that so few days are not sufficient to know Vienna and the desire to go back soon.
If you want to read the beginning of the story of our trip to Vienna, all you have to do is go to article: Weekend in Vienna.
To the next destination.
DATA SHEET VIENNA-ALBERTINA MUSEUM
For more information: Austria Tourism Information Service
phone call cost 15 cents 840 99 99 18. Italian speaking Agent responds < br/>
Fax 840 99 99 19
How to get there:
By air: the international airport Vienna Schwechat is connected to the main Italian airports by the airline Austrian Airlines, often with more flights on the same day. For more information: www.austrianairlines.com
by train: Vienna can be reached by train from the main stations in Northern Italy. For more information: www.oebb.at
Where to stay: during our trip to Vienna, we stayed in the hotel Zeitgeist Vienna, for more informations and bookings: www.zeitgeist-vienna.com
Documents: none, although it is always better to take the I.D.
Electricity Voltage: the electrical current is 230 volts. Italian equipment can normally be used. (check the manual)-all appliance outlets are bipolar Central grounding contact. Bring adapters.
Time: Same time Italy.
Mandatory vaccinations: No
Time to visit: all year