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