After a construction time of almost six years the Albertinum in Dresden has been reopened. The building, which contains the New Masters Picture Gallery and the Sculpture Collection, had to be repaired and rebuild after the catastrophic flood of 2002.
Volker Staab, a Berlin architect, achieved the transformation of the flood trauma, which swashed into the depots of the Albertinum, into an architectural solution. He spanned the former inner court with a 76 m long steel construction and put there the huge depots – hence from the basement into a height of seventeen meters. The whole contorted house gained with this procedure a new centre and clarity.
In addition to these building measurements the concept was changed. With the move-out of the Green Vault and the Coin Collection to the Royal Palace the Albertinum now solely shows art from the Romantic up to the presence. The new exhibition rooms are shared by the New Masters Picture Gallery and the Sculpture Collection with paintings from Caspar David Friedrich to Gerhard Richter as well as sculptures from Baroque to the 21st century.
The Albertinum opens daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance fee 8 Euros, with discount 6 Euros. Free entrance for children under 16.