My Generation - The Jablonka Collection | ITSLIQUID

My Generation – The Jablonka Collection

Art | December 23, 2020 |

My Generation - The Jablonka Collection
Image courtesy of The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The JABLONKA Collection © Richard Deacon

My Generation – The Jablonka Collection
Bastion Hall & Colonade Hall – The Albertina Museum Vienna
October 02, 2020 – April 05, 2021

With this exhibition, the Albertina Museum presents the most recent addition to its holdings: the collection of Rafael and Teresa Jablonka, which, comprising more than 400 works, ranks among the most distinguished collections of American and German art of the 1980s. Rafael Jablonka was born in Poland in 1952. After moving to Germany and taking the detour of working as an exhibition curator, he subsequently founded Galerie Jablonka with venues in Cologne, Berlin, and Zurich, eventually turning from a renowned art dealer into an important and passionate collector.

My Generation - The Jablonka Collection
Image courtesy of The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The JABLONKA Collection © Philip Taaffe

Featuring, among others, Francesco Clemente, Roni Horn, Mike Kelley, Sherrie Levine, and Andreas Slominski, the Jablonka Collection includes artists with whom Rafael Jablonka has worked over the years, whom he promoted, and some of whom he discovered. However, he also collected works by artists beyond the program of his gallery – artists he greatly admired and whose works he ultimately wished to conserve for posterity. Over decades it was his motto to always acquire several works from various artistic periods.

In 2017, Rafael Jablonka closed his gallery. Together with his wife Teresa, he established a foundation for his collection and in 2019 entrusted it to the Albertina Museum. Explaining his choice, he points out that Vienna has always been a major inspiration for Polish art and architecture and that the city has always been close to his heart. On the other hand, his interest had been aroused by the Albertina Museum’s repositioning, its new diversity in terms of epochs and media.

My Generation - The Jablonka Collection
Image courtesy of The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The JABLONKA Collection © Andreas Slominski

The collection is much more comprehensive than the selection on view here, ranging from Michael Heizer and Andy Warhol to Nobuyoshi Araki and Richard Avedon. In this exhibition, Rafael Jablonka concentrates on the artists of his own generation. With rooms devoted to individual artists, the show, installed on two exhibition levels, offers impressive insights into their respective oeuvres.

Artists: Miquel Barceló | Ross Bleckner | Francesco Clemente | Richard Deacon | Eric Fischl | Damien Hirst | Roni Horn | Mike Kelley | Sherrie Levine | Cady Noland | Thomas Schütte | Andreas Slominski | Philip Taaffe | Terry Winters


My Generation - The Jablonka Collection1
Image courtesy of The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The JABLONKA Collection © Eric Fischl / Bildrecht, Vienna, 2020
My Generation - The Jablonka Collection
Image courtesy of The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The JABLONKA Collection © Francesco Clemente
My Generation - The Jablonka Collection
Image courtesy of The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The JABLONKA Collection © Sherrie Levine

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to or fill the form below


Giuseppe Penone

Art | April 13, 2021

Marian Goodman Gallery New York's exhibition by Penone features a series of canvas works titled Leaves of Grass (2013) which are being shown for the first time, alongside individual sculptures made concurrently (2014-2015), and a series of drawings (2014). Read more


Calls | April 13, 2021

Venice International Art Fair is a contemporary art fair that presents collective and solo projects by leading and emerging international artists. The 13th edition will represent a forum for direct exchange of ideas and contacts between collectors, artists, photographers, designers and art professionals. The art fair features paintings, sculptures, photography art, installations, video art and live performance. Read more

Georgia O’Keeffe

Art | April 9, 2021

The museum is presenting the first retrospective in Spain on Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986). Through a selection of approximately 80 works visitors enter the pictorial universe of a creative figure considered one of the leading representatives of 20th century American art. Read more


Interviews | April 7, 2021

Lorenzo Li Greci was born in 1984 in Italy where he obtained the master’s degree in Science at the faculty of Biotechnology for Industry and Scientific Research. He is a former Erasmus student who has moved to Finland in 2015 to work as a researcher at Turku BioScience and to study molecular life sciences. At the same time, Lorenzo has also joined an artistic path in the search for new colours and materials to draw with, sometimes they can be alive: like living microorganisms on Petri dishes, some other time they can be fluorescent. Read more

Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!