Schröder on security

The boss of one of Austria’s best museums has disclosed his opinion about anti-theft measures.

Albertina director Klaus Albrecht Schröder told the Kunstzeitung: “There should ideally be no short distances between the entrance and the pieces of art.”

In the Kunstzeitung article, Susanne Kaufmann underlines that the most spectacular thefts at galleries of the past few years did not take longer than two minutes. She also makes aware of the striking contradiction museums around the world are confronted with today. They have to remain an attractive leisure time option for people and try to achieve this by creating large entrance areas dominated by big glass fronts and other measures. At the same time, security measures must be adapted to criminals’ latest tricks and techniques.1

The Albertina, which is situated in the heart of Vienna, currently hosts a spectacular exhibit focusing on creations by Dutch masters. Works by Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Breughel, Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt van Rijn are on display at the gallery. “These are the finest drawings created in the history of mankind,” Schröder – whose contract was recently extended by another five years – told Ö1, an Austrian radio station.

Meanwhile, cutlery and furniture designed in the Austrian capital around 1900 are the key elements of a special exhibit at another important museum. The MAK (Museum for Applied Arts) – which does not charge entrance fees on Tuesday evenings – is currently drawing the crowds with the exhibition called “Wien 1900” (Vienna 1900). Another special exhibit at the MAK is focusing on the art of Japanese Manga.



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