THE Permanent Collection at the Albertina

 

Monet to Picasso. The Batliner Collection

 

 

In spring 2007, one of Europe’s greatest private collections of classical modern art came to the Albertina as a permanent loan from the Rita und Herbert Batliner Foundation in Liechtenstein.

The Albertina is now in a unique position to compensate for the major gaps in the Austrian state-run museums’ holdings of international modern art with key works of French Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, German Expressionism, Fauvism and the Russian avant-garde.

The Batliner Collection has received acclaim from museums and connoisseurs for decades. It includes outstanding works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon. These masterpieces can be seen in a new permanent exhibition at the Albertina.

 

The Batliner Collection is augmented by works from the Forberg Collection in Switzerland, which was also transferred to the Albertina on permanent loan.

 

The Collectors Herbert and Rita Batliner

Herbert and Rita Batliner began collecting art nearly half a century ago. Due to their close friendship with the legendary art dealer Ernst Beyeler, French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting formed a cornerstone of the collection from the very beginning, along with the work of

Edgar Degas, Two dancers, around 1905, Pastel on card © Albertina, Vienna - Batliner Collection

Edgar Degas
Two dancers, around 1905

Alberto Giacometti. Exceptional works by Monet such as The Water-Lily Pond, Edgar Degas’ Two Dancers, or Cézanne’s Arc-Tal and Mont Sainte-Victoire landscapes attest to the couple’s passion for French art.
Picasso became an additional focal point. Today he is represented in the collection with over 40 works, including ten paintings and numerous drawings and one-of-a-kind ceramics.
 
In the course of his travels, Herbert Batliner gained familiarity with Russian avant-garde art. He and his wife were inspired by the works they saw in Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, and the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, to build their own fine collection of Russian avant-garde art from 1905-35.
The focus of their acquisitions was on Marc Chagall , but they also sought out works by Natalia Goncharova, Liubov Popova und Mikhail Larionow. The collection includes a major work by Kazimir Malevich, painted as a defiant memory image immediately following the artist’s release from a Stalinist prison.
 
 
 
 
 

The Collectors’ Legacy

As the collection has grown from decade to decade, so has its recognition within the art world. Herbert and Rita Batliner regularly lent to museums; rare was the Picasso, Monet, Modigliani or Giacometti exhibition that did not include works on loan from the Batliner Collection.

Several years ago the Batliners decided to respect the integrity of the collection by transferring the entire collection to a museum as a bequest. Convinced that extraordinary art collections are no less distinctive, and as such worth preserving, than great works of art, the Batliners decided to make their collection accessible to the general public in their lifetime. The couple derived enormous pleasure and intellectual stimulation from the daily contact they had with their paintings, pastels, gouaches and sculptures, and now they wanted to share this experience with others.
 

The Batliner Collection and the Albertina

To safeguard the unity of their distinguished collection in perpetuity, the Batliners set up the Herbert and Rita Batliner Art Foundation, which transferred the artworks to the Albertina as a permanent loan.

Together with works from the Swiss collection of Eva and Mathias Forberg, which is also on permanent loan to the Albertina, around 100 works from the Batliner Collection are on display at the Albertina in a permanent new exhibition that traces the development from Impressionism to modern art.

 

Since May 2009, the Albertina has been presenting a permanent exhibition from its own holdings. This has become possible through the transfer of the Batliner Collection to the Albertina in 2007. Outstanding works by Paul Klee from the Carl Djerassi Collection and major works from the collection of Eva and Mathias Forberg complete the new presentation, which is additionally rounded off by exhibits from other collections handed over to the Albertina.

The permanent exhibition spans the most fascinating chapters from more than 130 years of art history, from Impressionism to the most recent present. Paintings by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Miró, Klee, Kandinsky, Chagall, and other masters offer a survey of French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, the Fauves, Expressionism, and the Russian avant-garde. With late works by Picasso and Bacon, the exhibition leads over to the second half of the twentieth century, before it ends with works by contemporary artists such as Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter.

 

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Picture Gallery

 

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

White Horse "Gazelle", 1881  
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Portrait of a young girl (Elisabeth Maître), 1879 
Alfred Sisley

Moret: die Ufer des Loing, 1885 
Claude Monet

View of Vétheuil, 1881  
 
Claude Monet

The water lily pond, around 1917-1919 
Claude Monet

Das Haus in den Rosen, 1925  
Edgar Degas

Two Dancers, circa 1905 
Paul Cezanne

Gehöft in der Normandie, um 1885-86 
 
Henri Lebasque

Auf der grünen Bank, Sanary, 1911 
Paul Signac

Venice, The Pink Cloud, 1909 
Paul Signac

Antibes, die Türme, 1911 
Paul Signac

Antibes, Gewitter, 1919 
 
Théo van Rysselberghe

Seated Nude, 1905 
Robert Delaunay

Nudes with Ibises, 1907 
Henri Matisse

Parrot Tulips, 1905 
Henri Matisse

The Striped Dress, 1938 
 
Maurice de Vlaminck

Stillleben mit Obstschale, um 1905 - 06 
Maurice de Vlaminck

Ruderboot bei Chatou, um 1906 
Maurice de Vlaminck

Die Seine bei Chatou, um 1906 - 07 
André Derain

Der Hafen von Collioure, 1905 
 
Georges Braque

Die Bucht von Antwerpen, 1906 
Pablo Picasso

Töpfe und Zitrone, 1907 
Pablo Picasso

Glas und Apfel, 1911 
Pablo Picasso

Die Spielkarten, 1912 
 
Juan Gris

Komposition mit Violine, 1915 
Georges Braque

Die Anrichte, 1920 
Pablo Picasso

Still Life with Guitar, 1942 
Pablo Picasso

Sylvette, 1954 
 
Pablo Picasso

Akt in einem Sessel sitzend, 1963 
Pablo Picasso

Naked woman with bird and flute player, 1967 
Amedeo Modigliani

Young Woman in a Shirt, 1918 
Fernand Léger

Two Profiles, 1928  
 
Robert Delaunay

Luft, Eisen, Wasser. Entwurf für ein Wandbild, 1936 - 37 
Frantisek Kupka

Aufragende Formen, 1922 - 23 
Frantisek Kupka

Grün und Blau, 1921 - 23 
Michail Larionow

Offiziersfriseur, um 1907 - 09 
 
Michail Larionow

Natalia Gontscharowa schlafend, um 1908 - 10 
Natalia Gontscharowa

Die blaue Kuh, um 1911 
Natalia Gontscharowa

Der Pfau, 1912 
Alexander Michailowitsch Rodtschenko

Komposition, 1919 
 
Alexander Michailowitsch Rodtschenko

Der Jongleur, 1935 ? 
Nikolai Suetin

Frau mit Kreuz, 1928 
Kasimir Malewitsch

Man in a suprematist Landscape, c. 1930/31 
Marc Chagall

Motherhood, 1914 
 
Marc Chagall

Witebsk, Dorfszene, um 1924 - 1926 
Marc Chagall

The Kite, 1926 
Marc Chagall

Schläferin mit Blumen, 1972 
Edvard Munch

Winter Landscape, 1915 
 
Erich Heckel

Liegende, 1909 
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Female Nude (Dodo), around 1909 
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Bahnhofseinfahrt, Bahnhof Löbtau, 1911 
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Zwei Akte im Raum, 1914 
 
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Fehmarnlandschaft mit Bäumen, 1914 
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Kühe bei Sonnenuntergang, um 1918/19 
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Still Life with Yellow Tulips, 1912  
Emil Nolde

Wald, 1909 
 
Emil Nolde

Moonlit Night, 1914  
Emil Nolde

Herbstblumengarten, 1934 
Max Pechstein

Iris im Abendschatten, 1925 
Otto Mueller

Two Girls with Poodle, about 1924-25  
 
Otto Mueller

Badende Mädchen im Waldteich, 1916 - 1919 
Gabriele Münter

Früchte und Blumen, 1909 
Wassilij Wassiljewitsch Kandinsky

Studie für Landschaft (Dünaberg), 1910 
Wassilij Wassiljewitsch Kandinsky

Innerer Bund, 1929 
 
August Macke

Yachting on Lake Tegern, c. 1910 
August Macke

Coloured Form Composition, 1914 
Alexej von Jawlensky

Kornfeld bei Carantec, um 1905 
Alexej von Jawlensky

Young Girl in a Flowered Hat, 1910 
 
Alexej von Jawlensky

Mit roter Schwalbentapete (Stillleben mit Flasche, Brot und roter Schwalbentapete), 1915 
Alexej von Jawlensky

Abstrakter Kopf, um 1928 - 29 
Lyonel Feininger

Die Lokomotive mit dem grossen Rad, 1910 
Lyonel Feininger

The High Shore, 1923  
 
Johannes Itten

Lichtkreis, 1915 
Oskar Kokoschka

London, kleine Themse-Landschaft, 1926 
Oskar Kokoschka

Ansicht von Vernet-les-Bains, 1925 
Oskar Kokoschka

In the Garden II, 1934 
 
Max Beckmann

Woman with cat, 1942  
Max Ernst

Blumen auf gelbem Grund 
Max Ernst

Le silence à travers les âges, 1968 
Max Ernst

Sous les ponts de Paris, 1961 
 
Joan Miró

Painting (Birds and Insects), 1938 
Joan Miró

Painting (Woman in Front of the Sun), 1949 
Hans Arp

Krallenkopf, 1949 
René Magritte

The Enchanted Spot, 1953 
 
Paul Delvaux

Landschaft mit Laternen, 1958 
Alberto Giacometti

Vier Frauen auf Sockel, 1950 
Alberto Giacometti

Schmale Büste auf Sockel (Amenophis), 1954 
Alberto Giacometti

Landschaft, 1952 
 
Alberto Giacometti

Bildnis von Annette, 1958 
Francis Bacon

Seated Figure, 1960 
Hans Hofmann

Ohne Titel, 1938 
Hans Hofmann

Liebesbaum, 1954 
 
Sam Francis

Dream It Is, 1962-63 
Sam Francis

Ohne Titel, 1964 - 66 
Karel Appel

Face in a Landscape, 1961 
Yves Klein

Work ANT 88, 1960 
 
Lucio Fontana

Raumkonzept, Erwartungen, 1964 
Roy Lichtenstein

Glass and Lemon before a Mirror, 1974 
Alex Katz

Jessica, 2007  
Alex Katz

Trio #4, 2009 
 
Gerhard Richter

Abstract Painting No 611-1, 1986 
Anselm Kiefer

Espenbaum - für Paul Celan, 2005 
Anselm Kiefer

Merkaba, 2006 
Anselm Kiefer

A.E.I.O.U., 2011 
 
Georg Baselitz

Winter, 2005 
Georg Baselitz

Schwarzgründig (Remix), 2006 
Arnulf Rainer

Kreuz, 1990/91 
Maria Lassnig

Potato Press, 1989 
 
Hubert Scheibl

"...und dahinter die Unendlichkeit", 2003 - 2005 
Hubert Scheibl

Alpha channel green-w, 2005-2007 
Herbert Brandl

Ohne Titel, 2000