The exhibition The Beauty of Diversity shows the richness and diversity of the ALBERTINA Museum's contemporary collections and the indispensable attention paid to women and LGBTQIA+ artists, people of color, indigenous positions and self-taught artists, who stand out against the contrasting backdrop of the Old Masters.

Today, the art world is intensively engaged with questions of identity politics surrounding class, race and gender. The broad spectrum of artistic approaches, stylistic and thematic approaches is a necessary addition to the art historical canon, which is represented in the Albertina from Michelangelo and Raphael to Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens to Goya, Schiele, Picasso and Warhol.

In various chapters, the spring exhibition in the ALBERTINA MODERN develops an aesthetic of the diverse that brushes the ideality of a classical will to style and form as well as the design of a one-dimensional human being against the grain - tracing the beauty of the grotesque, the impure and the repressed and lending visibility to the marginalized, the abject and the deviant.


Jean-Michel Basquiat, Eva Beresin, Amoako Boafo, Verena Bretschneider, Cecily Brown, Nyunmiti Burton, Miriam Cahn, Alexandre Diop, Ines Doujak, Jean Dubuffet, Stefanie Erjautz, Jadé Fadojutimi, Gelitin / Gelatine, Aïcha Khorchid, Soli Kiani, Basil Kincaid, Jürgen Klauke, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Elena Koneff, Maria Lassnig, Daniel Lezama, Angelika Loderer, Claudia Märzendorfer, Jonathan Meese, Sungi Mlengeya, Tracey Moffatt, Michel Nedjar, Tony Oursler, Grayson Perry, Marc Quinn, Franz Ringel, George Rouy, Iris Sageder, Cindy Sherman, Sarah Slappey, Kiki Smith, Tal R, VALIE EXPORT, Jannis Varelas, August Walla, Franz West and Kennedy Yanko.

The exhibition is on view from February 16 to August 18.

Photo credits: Albertina modern