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T+L Reports: Beyond Baroque

When Vienna's Albertina museum closed for a much-needed expansion almost a decade ago, the galleries of the 17th-century palace were so cramped that most of the permanent collection—more than a million works on paper, from Dürer prints to Anselm Kiefer woodcuts to drawings by Viennese masters Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka—was kept in storage. After a $110 million overhaul, the museum reopened this spring with a restored Neoclassical façade and three airy new galleries on four floors built into a former city wall. The Albertina now has space to display its newly acquired photography collection, which begins with early examples of the medium (including X rays) and has an impressive selection of American photography of the sixties and seventies. Currently in the other galleries are retrospectives of melancholy Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (through June 22) and Hungarian-born photographer Brassaï (June 18 to September 7). 1 Albertinaplatz; 43-1/534-830; www.albertina.at.
—Eve Kahn

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