Mark Rothko, Saffron, 1957, Oil on canvas, © VBK Wien, 2007, Albertina, Vienna, permanent loan of Batliner Collection.
Amadeo Modigliani, Young woman in a chemise, 1918, Oil on canvas, Albertina, Vienna, permanent loan of Batliner Collection.
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Monet to Picasso –
The Batliner Collection
September 9-April 6, 2008
At the beginning of May 2007, the art collection of Rita and Herbert Batliner totaling 500 works was transferred to the Albertina as a permanent loan. The Batliner Collection includes major works by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Chagall, Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse, Kandinsky, Sam Francis, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein and Francis Bacon and is one of the leading European private collections.
Starting point of this major presentation is French Impressionist painting, with paintings, pastels and gouaches by Monet, Renoir und Degas. These are followed by work groups by Cezanne and Toulouse-Lautrec, also Bonnard, Veillard und Signac. High points of the show are without doubt the portrait of a girl in pastel by Auguste Renoir, the late Water Lily picture by Monet, the Young Woman in a Blouse by Modigliani, and the work group by Pablo Picasso.
Another key section focuses on German Expressionism, with the two artists' groups Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter. Alongside these are outstanding examples of Surrealist art, with works by Joan Miró, Max Ernst und René Magritte.
This exhibition of the Batliner Collection is being joined by a selection of 20 major pictures from the Forberg Collection, which was likewise recently transferred to the Albertina. The foremost works here are by Paul Klee and his contemporaries Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger, August Macke and Franz Marc. The exhibition finally culminates in the late work of Pablo Picasso, as well as sculptures, drawings and paintings by Alberto Giacometti.
This enlargement of the collection means that the Albertina is now Austria's only museum qualified to fill the gap existing hitherto in international, classical modern art, with major works of French Impressionism and Post-impressionism, the German Expressionism of the Blauer Reiter and the Brücke groups, the Fauves, and the Russian avant-garde from Chagall to Malevich. The transfer of the Batliner Collection brings with it in particular nearly 40 Picassos, among them ten major paintings and many drawings, graphics and ceramics, which now enrich the Albertina with one of the largest museum inventories of Picasso's works.
The private collection has for many decades been acclaimed by connoisseurs and museums and will be opened for the first time to the general public from September 14 of this year in the Albertina, with the title Monet to Picasso, The Batliner Collection. A total of 300 works are on show.
Paul Klee, Spellbound lightning, 1927, Watercolour and pen and ink on paper, mounted on coloured card, © VBK Wien, 2007, Albertina, Vienna, permanent loan of Batliner Collection.