Klaus Albrecht Schröder

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Klaus Albrecht Schröder (born September 15, 1955 in Linz ) is an Austrian art historian and museum director. After heading the BA-CA Art Forum for around twelve years , he became director of the Albertina in Vienna in 1999 .


Schröder attended elementary and grammar school in his hometown of Linz and graduated from BORG Linz in 1975 and studied art history and history at the University of Vienna from 1976 to 1983 . He received his doctorate in 1995 with a dissertation on the Austrian painter Richard Gerstl . Through the ORF , for which he worked as a radio announcer during his studies from 1981 to 1983, he found a job with the City of Vienna and in 1987/88 served as head of the cabinet of City Councilor Ursula Pasterk . From 1988 to 1992 Schröder published the magazine Kunstpresse .

From 1988 to June 2000, he led the 1988 under the name Art Forum Länderbank founded BA-CA Kunstforum . The focus of the exhibitions at the Kunstforum was on the visual arts of the 20th century. In 1989, the architect Gustav Peichl rebuilt the exhibition hall and set an architectural signal with his entrance portal. The first exhibition at the new art forum was “ Egon Schiele and His Time” from the Leopold Collection . The Kunstforum's most successful exhibition to date was Cézanne . Completed - Unfinished , which attracted almost 300,000 visitors from January to April 2000.

Schröder has been President of the Association of Austrian Museums and Exhibition Houses (IMA) since 1996 . From 1996 to 1999 he was a member of the board and commercial director of the Leopold Foundation and construction coordinator for the construction of today's Leopold Museum .

In 1996 he was appointed coordinator of the state museum on behalf of the Salzburg state government, with the task of developing new locations and a new positioning of the museums for contemporary art and for Salzburg's state and cultural history. The construction and planning of the museum on the Mönchsberg goes back to him , the relocation of the Carolino Augusteum State Museum to the New Residence and its establishment as the Salzburg Museum . With his appointment as director of the Albertina in 1999, he resigned from these functions.

In 1999, at the suggestion of Education Minister Elisabeth Gehrer ( Federal Climate Government ), Federal President Thomas Klestil appointed Schröder director of the Albertina Graphic Collection . On January 1, 2000, the museum was separated from the federal administration and converted into a scientific institution under public law (see Federal Museums ). After renovation and expansion work, the Albertina was reopened in 2003. The core holdings of the Albertina range from Gothic to the present day. In addition, the Batliner collection was loaned to the museum during his management .

Schröder is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Berlin museums and advisor to Deutsche Bank Austria. Since May 2000 Klaus Albrecht Schröder has been the Austrian representative in the selection committee for exhibitions of the Council of Europe. The art historian and cultural manager gives lectures on museum management around the world and teaches at the Institute for Cultural Management at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna , the curatorial course at the Landesakademie Niederösterreich in Krems and at the Webster University Vienna .


Certain measures by Schröder were controversial among some Austrian monument protectionists, such as the demolition of the library corridor and the flying roof built by Hans Hollein over the museum entrance to the Albertina.

Austrian museum experts take a critical view of the overlapping content of the Albertina with the Kunsthistorisches Museum , the MUMOK and also the new Belvedere Gallery , which are based on the collections from the Gothic to the present, and the associated move away from a pure exhibition house for graphics. In some cases, however, this has already taken place earlier: the Albertina has had an architecture collection since 1920, a collection of miniatures since the late 19th century and an art and photography collection since 1999.

In 2005, 57 valuable works by Albrecht Dürer were loaned to the Prado Museum in Madrid . Schröder failed to obtain an export license. The loan of the brown hare, which is extremely fragile in terms of conservation, from Albrecht Dürer from 1502 was heavily criticized by Austrian conservationists. The repatriation after four weeks, which was initially requested by notice, was withdrawn by Minister Gehrer , but the light intensity had to be reduced to 25 lux for the rest of the exhibition.

The takeover of the "Batliner Collection" in 2007 - 500 paintings with a focus on Modernism, Russian Constructivism and German Expressionism on permanent loan - was seen as an admission by Schröder to forego the graphic core collection after the debacle with the export of the hare and instead buy the borrowed one Works to acquire international renown.

An international report commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture criticizes Schröder's approach with regard to the restoration of five sheets by Egon Schiele in Switzerland. Bleaching with chloramine T is “no longer state of the art”. The report called the removal of 5 mm creased paper from the drawing "ethically unjustifiable". The resulting loss of material is irreversible and cannot be justified as a cosmetic measure, as part of the image is lost.


Publications (selection)

  • Alfred Kubin: Life - an Abyss , Vienna 1985,
  • Photographis . Masterpieces of international photography , Vienna 1986
  • The battered world. Realism and Realisms in Austria , Vienna 1987 (French edition: Brussels 1987)
  • The railroad in art: the story of a symbolic figure between 1850 and 1930 , Vienna 1987
  • Oostenrijkse fotografie in de 20ste eeuw , Europalis 87, Brussels 1987
  • Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller , Munich 1990
  • Richard Gerstl: 1883-1908. Dissertation, University of Vienna 1995
  • Hans Plank: 1925-1993 , 1995 Baden
  • Egon Schiele: The Injury of Shame , Munich 1995
  • The New Objectivity in Austria. 1918 - 1938 , Vienna 1995
  • Cezanne. Completed - Unfinished , Ostfildern 1999
  • Egon Schiele: Eros and Passion , Munich 1998
  • Franz Grabmayr . Exhibition at the Austrian Gallery Belvedere , Wolfratshausen 2002
  • (Ed. With Hans Ottomeyer , Laurie Winters) Biedermeier. The invention of simplicity. Hatje Cantz, Stuttgart 2006, ISBN 978-3-7757-1795-3
  • Monet - Warhol: mistrovská díla z Albertina Museum a Batlinerovy sbírky , Prague 2010
  • Drawings by Mel Ramos: 100+ , Bielefeld 2010
  • Egon Schiele: Obras del Albertina Museum , Viena 2012

Web links

Commons : Klaus Albrecht Schröder  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Bibliographical reference. Retrieved February 18, 2020 .
  2. news networld Internet Service GmbH: Art: The big hare piece. In: profil.at. Retrieved October 6, 2015 .
  3. Dürer is allowed to stay in the Prado: Brown hare in the shade. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved October 6, 2015 .
  4. Klaus Albrecht the Strong. In: www.falter.at. Retrieved October 6, 2015 .
  5. Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture - Expert opinion on restored Schiele sheets . APA notification dated October 13, 2005, accessed June 19, 2015.
  6. ^ Minister of Culture Ostermayer honors Albertina director Klaus Albrecht Schröder . APA notification dated December 18, 2015, accessed December 21, 2015.