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Albertina - Tietze Galleries for Prints and Drawings

Category: Exhibition 26. March 2015

With the Sturtevant exhibition, the Albertina inaugurates the new Tietze Galleries for Prints and Drawings, on a surface of 450 sqm. These rooms on the second floor are partly occupying the space of the former Kahn Galleries. The Albertina will dedicate this new space to exhibitions of drawings and graphic art, while the pillar hall will be reserved for photography exhibitions.

Tietze Galleries were named after the art historian Hans Tietze (1890 - 1954) who was secretary for museums and preservation of monuments after World War I. Among other things, he was responsible for the incorporation of the imperial library’s collection into the Albertina, but above all he is credited for prevention the transfer of the Albertina’s collection to the US. Twice in history there were plans to dismantle and sell out the collection. In 1919, the new republic’s war debt was about to be settled by selling the collection to Boston, the preliminary contract were already signed. The same thing happened under the Austrofascist regime in 1936,

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