Poster Collection


The Albertina’s poster collection comprises some 20,000 pictorial posters and poster designs. The museum’s valuable holdings of about 4,000 objects dating from the period between the medium’s dawn around 1850 and the 1930s enjoy international repute. The collection reflects the entire history of artistic poster production.


Outstanding examples are the early French posters by Jules Chéret, Alphonse Mucha, and Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as the artists’ posters of the Salon des Cent, an initiative in Paris that was the first to propagate the artistic conception of posters and their status as collectibles.


The posters of the Vienna Secession, which was founded in 1897, constitute a further highlight of the collection, including works by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.


Moreover, the collection encompasses poster icons of German and Austrian Expressionism, such as works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, and Oskar Kokoschka.


A large part of the collection consists of European and American advertising posters, ranging from French Art Deco and the large-sized Italian posters of the fin de siècle to the humorous “German object posters” from the early twentieth century, many of which are purely typographic solutions. Last but not least, the collection holds numerous election and political posters, most importantly those by the Hungarian-born artist Mihály Biró, as well as film and war posters.

 

 

Picture Gallery

 

Lucian Bernhard
MANOLI; Gibson Girl, c. 1910

Mihály Biró
NÉPSZAVA; Budapest, 1913 január 1, szerda., 1913

Jacques Debut
PNEUMATICI PIRELLI, c. 1925

Marcello Dudovich
Vermouth Bianco Isolabella; E. Isolabella & Figlio, Milano, c. 1910

 

Erich Heckel
KG. Brücke bei Emil Richter, 1908

Erich Heckel
Sidi Riha, 1911/12

Thomas Theodor Heine
SIMPLICISSIMUS, 1896/97

Rudolf Kalvach KUNSTSCHAU 1908, 1908

 

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
KG Brücke (exhibition poster for Galerie Arnold in Dresden, 1910),
1910

Gustav KlimtI. KUNSTAUSSTELLUNG DER VEREINIGUNG BILDENDER KÜNSTLER ÖSTERREICHS. SECESSION (before censorship), 1898

Julius Klinger
HERMANNS & FROITZHEIM, 1910

Julius Klinger
Lustige Blätter, 1907

 

Oskar Kokoschka
Der Sturm, 1911

Oskar Kokoschka
Self-portrait from two sides: Oskar Kokoschka - Kunstsalon Wolfsberg, Zürich, 1923

Oskar Kokoschka
Akademischer Verband für Literatur und Musik; Vortrag O. Kokoschka, 1912

Oskar Kokoschka

Kunstschau 1908, 1908

 

Käthe Kollwitz
"FÜR GROSS BERLIN"; Öffentliche Versammlung, 1912

Bertold Löffler
FLEDERMAUS, 1907

Koloman Moser
Möbelfirma Jakob und Josef Kohn, 1902-1906

Koloman Moser
SECESSION; V. KUNSTAUSSTELLUNG, 1899

 

Koloman Moser
SECESSION; V. KUNSTAUSSTELLUNG, 1899

Egon Schiele
Die Armen im Erzgebirge (poster design), 1913

Egon Schiele

SECESSION; 49. AUSSTELLUNG, 1918

Egon Schiele
SHAW ODER DIE IRONIE; DR. EGON FRIEDELL, 1910

 

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret, 1893

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Reine de Joie; par Victor Joze, 1892

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Moulin Rouge - La Goulue, 1891

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
May Milton, 1895

 

Eugène Samuel Grasset

Salon des cent; Exposition E. Grasset, 1894

Mihály Biró

Damoklesklinge MEM, c. 1923