City and Landscape. Between Dream and Reality: The Albertina

May 10 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Albertina Museum in Vienna have recently opened their new exhibition entitled City and Landscape. Between Dream and Reality. Indeed, the museum are referring to the show as the "largest-ever survey of the history of landscape painting" with over 170 landscapes on display spanning five centuries. Drawing from their rich collections of art, artists within include Dürer, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Boucher, Caspar David Friedrich, Menzel, Jakob Alt, Rudolf von Alt, Cézanne, Emil Nolde or Paul Klee.

According to their press release:

From the beginnings of the autonomous landscape painting and from its pioneers, foremost among them Albrecht Dürer, the historical arc traced here extends to encompass Bruegel, Rembrandt, and the Dutch Golden Age, urban panoramas from the Renaissance and close-up vedute, utopian visions of Arcadian landscapes and illusionless, realistic views of nature from the age of industrialization, and images of grandeur and the sublime by Caspar David Friedrich as well as the horrific visions and dystopias of Alfred Kubin and the child-like dreams of playful nature originated by Paul Klee. Key works of romantic landscape and Austrian watercolor painting from the 19th century such as Jakob and Rudolf von Alt’s views of Vienna round off this presentation.

The exhibition will run until 22nd August 2021.

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