Nothing better than a guest in town to get out and about and see some sights, and since Vienna is starting to get gray again, nowhere better than to hightail it to the museums.
I’ve been meaning to see the Picasso exhibit for some time, but have always been offput by the lines. True, you can get your tickets in advance, but it still doesn’t solve the problems of crowds on the interior of the exhibit. The Albertina is hosting an exhibit specifically dedicated to the theme Peace and Freedom in Picasso’s work. While the narrative descriptions seem to turn a blind eye to the Communist Party’s (of whom Picasso was an open and ardent supporter throughout his lifetime) real role in either peace or freedom, the exhibit is well-curated and designed, and full of works which you don’t normally get to see. It’s on tap until about January 16th.
Also on display until January are Michelangelo’s “Drawings of a Genius”. I did walk through it but can’t really say too much about it as the literal mobs down there prevented me from seeing much of anything – Picasso was crowded but doable, especially for a Saturday, but Michelangelo unfortunately we’ll have to go back for. Diplo-baby hates crowds.
At the Albertina, make an afternoon of it and grab lunch at the restaurant. With the weather turning colder, my recommendation would be to start with the beef broth and cheese pancake, and then the warm steak salad served on a “hot plate” (and yes, the plate is really hot).