Neue Galerie New York is a museum of early twentieth century German and Austrian art located at 86th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. Founded in 2001, it is one of the newest additions to the famous Museum Mile.
The museum was conceived by two close friends: art dealer and exhibition organizer Serge Sabarsky and businessman, philanthropist and art collector Ronald S. Lauder. Both men shared a passionate commitment to German and Austrian art and design of the early twentieth century. They met in 1967, shortly before Sabarsky opened the Serge Sabarsky Gallery at 987 Madison Avenue. Almost immediately, the gallery gained a reputation as New York’s leading gallery of Austrian and German expressionist art. Lauder was a frequent visitor and customer. Over the years, the two men discussed opening a museum to display the best works of the period. When Sabarsky passed away in 1996, Lauder chose to continue his work at the Neue Galerie New York as a tribute to his friend.
The Neue Galerie collection is divided into two sections. The second floor of the museum houses the fine and decorative arts of early 20th-century Austria, including paintings by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele and decorative objects by the artisans of the Wiener Werkstaette and their contemporaries. On the third floor are various German works from the same period, including art movements such as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), Die Brücke (The Bridge) and the Bauhaus. Notable artists on this floor include Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Lyonel Feininger, Otto Dix and George Grosz.
In 2006, Lauder purchased Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I from Maria Altmann on behalf of the Neue Galerie. Citing a confidentiality agreement, Lauder confirmed that the purchase price was higher than the last record price of $104,200,000 for Picasso’s 1905 painting, Boy With a Pipe. The press reported that the price of Klimt’s painting was $135 million, making it the most expensive painting ever sold at the time. It has been on display at the museum since July 2006.
How to get to the museum
The museum is housed in the former William Starr Miller House, a Louis XIII/Beaux-Arts building at Fifth Avenue and 86th Street. The Neue Galerie opened there on November 16, 2001. Selldorf Architects was commissioned to completely renovate and transform it into a museum.
1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA