In 1865 the Künstlerhaus on Karlsplatze was built and used as an exhibition location for painting, sculpture, architecture and applied art. It was the first club and exhibition house to be built by artists in German-speaking countries. After a three-year renovation break, the center for modern and contemporary art will reopen in March 2020.
Künstlerhaus Wien – Albertina modern
Just a few days after the First World War broke out, the building was made available to staff of the Austrian Red Cross for use as a convalescent home. Concerts and lectures and even Holy Masses took place here. The programme for one of the festival masses here was kept by painter Hans Temple in 1915 and is today located in the Museum of Military History. During the Second World War, the Künstlerhaus was used to store grain.
A space for all kinds of exhibitions
August Weber, himself a member of the Künstlerhaus, designed the building, which was constructed in 1864 and was based on an Italian Renaissance villa. The materials were obtained from the immediate surroundings and Burgenland. The keystone for the Künstlerhaus was actually placed by Emperor Joseph I.
Over time, it was said again and again that the building was expendable and should be torn down. In the 20th century, the Kunsthistorische Museum used the premises of the Künstlerhaus as exhibition rooms.
Reopening as “Albertina modern”
In 2020 the museum will reopen as “Albertina modern”. The works of important Austrian and international artists are presented on 2,000 square meters. For this purpose, the Essl Collection forms the foundation of the collections of modern and contemporary art. The following will be represented: Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, Annette Messager, Anselm Kiefer, Arnulf Rainer, Cindy Sherman, Elke Krystufek, Erwin Wurm, Franz West, Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, Hubert Scheibl, Hundertwasser, Jörg Immendorff, Karel Appel, Kiki Kogelnik , Maria Lassnig, Nam June Paik, Nan Goldin, Neo Rauch, Pierre Soulages, Pipilotti Rist, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Sarah Morris, Sherrie Levine, Thomas Ruff and others.
How to reach the exhibitions
Address: Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna
Further information on current exhibits