Dresden, Germany

The Albertinum was built between 1884 and 1887 by extending a former armoury, or arsenal, that had been constructed between 1559 and 1563 at the same location. The new building was designed by the regional master builder Carl Adolf Canzler in the Renaissance Revival style to house the royal Collection of Antique and Modern Sculptures. The building was named after the Saxonian King Albert who reigned at the time. In 1889, the Sculpture Collection was moved in and has since remained there.

Besides the Sculpture Collection, the Albertinum has housed the New Masters Gallery (Galerie Neue Meister) in the upper rooms since 1965. It was also the temporary postwar home of the Numismatic Cabinet (Münzkabinett) and the Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe) until the exhibitions were moved to the rebuilt Dresden Castle in 2002 and 2004.

The floods of 2002 necessitated renovating the Albertinum and building a new flood-proof depository. After closing in 2006, the building was finally reopened on June 20, 2010 as a 'house of the modern' with the New Masters Gallery and the Sculpture Collection.

The Albertinum houses the New Masters Gallery (Galerie Neue Meister) and the Sculpture Collection (Skulpturensammlung). The holdings of the two museums, with paintings ranging from Caspar David Friedrich to Ludwig Richterand sculptures from Auguste Rodin to the 21st century, are displayed on three floors in exhibition halls with a modern look.



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Founded: 1884-1887
Category: Museums in Germany
Historical period: German Empire (Germany)

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Kristián Léko (4 months ago)
Brilliant collection “Art from Romanticism to the Present” with strong Saxon authors like C. D. Friedrich, the Brucke movement, Otto Dix or contemporary star Gerhard Richter. Nice café and selection of postcards in the shop. They also host interesting short term exhibitions (such as “Visionary Spaces” back in 2019).
Timo Habighorst (5 months ago)
I loved the mix of genres and epochs, the variety is what sets this museum really apart from others. There are few museums were you can find both renaissance (or similar) and ultra modern art 10m apart.
Kestutis Vasiliunas (10 months ago)
The collection of the Neue Meister is bad. Only few good artists, only few art works of high level: one work of Degas, one of Picasso, on of Loutreck, one Klee… and a lot of bad and very bad art, I am sorry. But if you love soviet-german art - this museum for you. You say Richter? Bad commercial art.
Marius SG (15 months ago)
Impressive and varied collection, but overall the gallery is pretty compact, which leaves a nice feeling of wanting more, but not dying from how overwhelmed you are. Also didn't expect to see several of Rodin's original sculptures there!
Marla Rós Zola (2 years ago)
Great art gallery with a very good selection of artworks. They have for instance Gerhard Richter, Tillmanns, Dix, Casper David Friedrich and many more awesome artists on display. The house itself is beautiful too!
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