The principality of Liechtenstein celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2019. The Albertina joins in the celebrations and presents precious works of the Prince of Liechtenstein’s collections in a major exhibition.
2019 is an important memorial year for the principality and the House of Liechtenstein: On 23 January 1719, Emperor Charles VI raised the imperial dominion of Schellenberg and the imperial earldom of Vaduz to the imperial principality of Liechtenstein. Prince Anton Florian I of Liechtenstein thus became the first sovereign. This 300 year-old event is being celebrated with a major exhibition by the Albertina in Vienna, in the city where the family lived until 1938. “Our family not only wants to collect art but also to let the general public partake in these masterpieces. Which is why we are so glad that museums around the world regularly exhibit masterpieces from the Princely Collections,” says His Serene Highness Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein.
In major exhibitions, the collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein have showed their treasures in leading museums around the world. But never before have they been accessible in their entirety to the general public in Vienna, especially following the spectacular new acquisitions of the last 15 years. The show at the Albertina thus focuses on works such as Venus by Peter Paul Rubens, the life-size bronze sculpture of Christ in Distress by Adrian de Fries, the recently acquired bronze bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, and selected treasures of the world-famous Biedermeier collection. This presentation allows the precious works of the collections and their unique quality to be experienced in a new light.
Rubens to Makart. The Princely Collections, February 15 - June 10, 2019