Critically Acclaimed Exhibition that Inaugurated Neue Galerie New York Returns for Summer Viewing
Special Section Devoted to Drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele
NEW YORK (May 24, 2002)-"New Worlds: German and Austrian Art, 1890-1940," the critically acclaimed exhibition that inaugurated Neue Galerie New York in autumn 2001, will go on view again from June 28 to September 1, 2002. Among the featured artists will be such leading Austrian figures of that era as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, and artists of the Wiener Werkstätte. German movements such as the Brücke, the Blaue Reiter, Neue Sachlichkeit, and the Bauhaus will also be explored. The collection and exhibitions will extend to a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts.
A special section devoted to drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele will be installed in the second-floor galleries.
Neue Galerie New York was developed by two men who shared a close friendship for nearly thirty years: art dealer and museum exhibition organizer Serge Sabarsky (1912-1996) and businessman, philanthropist, and art collector Ronald S. Lauder.
Since opening in November 2001, the Neue Galerie has been exceptionally well received. Roberta Smith, writing for The New York Times, called the museum "superb ...a revelation," and Hilton Kramer, in The New York Observer, described it as "flawless." Werner Spies, of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, wrote, "Every detail echoes the ideals of grace and perfection."
The building housing Neue Galerie New York is located at 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street, in an area known as Museum Mile. The building was completed in 1914 by Carröre & Hastings, also architects of the New York Public Library. It has been designated a landmark by the New York Landmarks Commission and is generally considered to be one of the most distinguished buildings ever erected on Fifth Avenue. Commissioned by industrialist William Starr Miller, it was later occupied by society doyenne Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt III and subsequently by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. It was purchased by Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky in 1994 with the intention of converting it into a museum for German and Austrian art.
Neue Galerie New York occupies all six stories of 1048 Fifth Avenue. The ground floor houses the museum's amenities, including the Book Store, the Design Shop, and Cafe Sabarsky. The Neue Galerie Book Store is unique in the United States, specializing in fine art, architecture, decorative arts and literature from Germany, Austria, and related Central European cultures.
The museum's Design Shop offers objects based on original designs by Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, Marianne Brandt, and others. These include jewelry, tableware, and other items rendered in fine materials such as sterling silver, crystal, and porcelain. The Cafe Sabarsky draws its inspiration from the great Viennese cafes that served as important centers of intellectual and artistic life. It is furnished with objects de-signed by Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos, among others, and serves authentic Viennese specialties, including the special coffees for which Vienna is known. (William Grimes, writing for The New York Times, declared it "the best coffee in the city.") The operator of Cafe Sabarsky is Kurt Gutenbrunner, owner and chef of the restaurant Wallse.
All museum graphics are designed and created by Pandiscio Co. Installation design is by John Vinci and Lawrence Kenny.
The exhibition spaces are located on the second and third floors. The second-floor galleries are devoted to Austrian art, in particular the work of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka. In addition, they feature objects of the Wiener Werkstätte by Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, and Dagobert Peche, as well as furniture designed by Viennese architects Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner.
The third-floor galleries present early twentieth-century German art, representing the Blaue Reiter and its circle (Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, August Macke, Franz Marc, Gabriele Münter, Emil Nolde), the Brücke (Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Hermann Pechstein, Karl Schmidt Rottluff), the Bauhaus (Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, Lászlö Moholy-Nagy, Oskar Schlemmer), Neue Sachlichkeit (Otto Dix, George Grosz, Christian Schad), and decorative arts from the Werkbund (Peter Behrens) and the Bauhaus (Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, Wilhelm Wagenfeld).
In the spring and fall, the third-floor galleries are used for special loan exhibitions. The next loan exhibition will be "Dagobert Peche and the Wiener Werkstätte," which opens October 11, 2002.
Individual and corporate membership programs have been created to help support the Neue Galerie and its mission. Special events for summer 2002 include Members Thursdays, selected days each month when the Museum is open to Members only. For summer 2002, the Members Thursday dates are July 11 and August 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also on these days at 2 p.m., there will be a special Gallery Talk given by a Neue Galerie curator on one aspect of the collection.
On July 25, at 7 p.m., Members will have the opportunity to sample a selection of fine Austrian wines, led by Alexander Adigasser, Manager of Cafe Sabarsky. Tickets at $45 per person may be reserved by calling (212) 628-6200, ext 491.
On Friday evenings at 7 p.m. throughout the summer, the Museum will present screenings of selected documentary and feature films. The films will be shown in the Theater free of charge for Museum Members. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
HOURS AND ADMISSION
Neue Galerie New York is open to the public four days per week: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 (students and seniors, $7). Children under 12 are not admitted and those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult The Book Store, Design Shop, and Cafe Sabarsky are open six days per week: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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