After Renovation, Vienna Academy of Fine Arts Reopens


VIENNA.- After its renovation and restructuring, the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts‘ Gallery of Paintings is now accessible to the public again. Surrounded by the artists’ studios and workshops on the first floor of the Academy of Fine Arts is a world-ranking collection of European painting from the 14th to the 19th centuries. A central foyer on the second floor after plans by architect Georg Töpfer connects the existing Gallery of Paintings with the new exhibition area ‘x hibit’ for changing exhibitions in conjunction with the Academy’s study programs. In its character as a pinacoteca – a gallery exclusively dedicated to paintings – and in its tradition, the Paintings Gallery is comparable to collections of international standing at historical academies of art such as the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan or the Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice. Unlike these, however, it still constitutes part of the organisational structure of the