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The Albertina Gallery is named after its founder, Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschensky. In the second half of the 18th century, he collected a unique collection of pictures and sketches, which became the first exposition of the gallery. To create a gallery, a whole castle was converted, which was owned by Albert of Saxe-Teschensky. Over the course of several centuries, the gallery changed its owners until it passed into the possession of the Habsburgs. Today the gallery has been owned by the state of Austria for over 90 years.
The Albertina Gallery is one of the most important museums in the world. The largest and most significant collections of graphics in the world (about 65 thousand drawings) and old prints (about 1 million) are exhibited here, as well as modern photographs are displayed. architectural drawings and graphic works. The architectural collection is represented by about fifty thousand models and plans, which were obtained mainly from the drafting department of the imperial palace.
More recently, the museum acquired two unique collections of the early 20th century Impressionists. The permanent exhibition of the Albertina Gallery contains famous works by such artists as Rubens, Klimt, Picasso, Cezanne, Schiele, Malevich, Goncharov and many others.
The museum also has temporary exhibitions.
From 1996 to 2003 the gallery was closed for reconstruction. Today the gallery is open to the general public.
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