From the Director
Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Neue Galerie New York brings me great pride. The museum, which first opened in November 2001, has become a beloved place, earning praise from visitors, critics, and colleagues in equal measure. I love to learn of the impact of our wonderful jewel-box institution—how people fondly remember their time spent visiting our superb collection of Austrian and German art and design; our well-appointed Book Store and Design Shop, full of finely made and carefully selected objects; and of course, our beloved Café Sabarsky, with its authentic Viennese coffee and our Apfelstrudel served mit Schlag.
Our visitors come to see the iconic works of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, as well as their Viennese contemporaries Richard Gerstl and Oskar Kokoschka; to take in the designs of the Austrian decorative artists led by Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser; to experience the power of the German Expressionists, among them Max Beckmann and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner; and to appreciate the leading figures of the Bauhaus, such as Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Twenty years is a long time, but it is also just a beginning. Looking ahead, I am confident in saying that we have more to share and we look forward to taking this great museum into its next decade, so that future generations may appreciate the Gesamtkunstwerk that is the Neue Galerie New York.
Director, Neue Galerie New York