Glass for all requirements
Picture framer Theobald Wirth fitted the glass in some 100 wooden frames and 200 aluminum frames. He personally measured all the photographs, made the passe-par-touts and cut the “Mirogard” glass to size. Andreas Gruber then carefully placed the photos in the finished frames. For the restorer, the choice of glass depends on a number of criteria. How thick is the glass? How heavy is the glass? How large is the picture? Can the frame hold the weight of the glass? What glass thickness would be most suitable for the frame? How well must the glass be able to protect the picture against ultraviolet rays? How important is protection against splintering? All three types of “Mirogard” products were used for the various requirements.
“Mirogard” was not only required for the photographs on display. Sixty paintings by Edvard Munch are also exhibited at this museum, including his world famous painting, “The Scream.” With 30 international collectors willing to loan their works, the Munch exhibition was the largest ever seen outside Norway.
Impressive art collection
A museum of superlatives
After being extensively reconstructed and expanded, the Albertina’s underground area is now larger than the space above ground. A 3,500-square meter storage facility extends 24 meters into the ground, and an exhibition hall was built into the bastion. The four-story study and research center has as well been constructed underground. The museum also houses 25,000 objects of the architectural collection and the newly acquired collection of some 75,000 photographs.
Some 100 million euros, a considerable amount of which was donated by sponsors, were invested in the reconstruction of Austria’s most contemporary museum. The palace of the “Albertina“ has been turned into a real pearl. For the first time ever, visitors can tour 18 Hapsburg staterooms that have been renovated according to the originals. They have been refurbished with 20 kilometers of newly gilded moldings and many square meters of marble. The historical patterns and colors of the silk wallpaper were reproduced by Rubelli in Venice.
For the professional restorer Andreas Gruber a particularly busy time has come to an end with the conclusion of this project. But the expert need not worry about a lack of work. In fact, the next projects are already in the offing. Nor has the Albertina had to be concerned about business. The rush of visitors has exceeded all expectations.