From the Director
Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Neue Galerie New York over the course of this year brought me great pride. I would like to thank you for your support and enthusiasm for the museum. “The Ronald S. Lauder Collection,” a special exhibition that was organized in honor of this milestone, was exceptionally well-received, and your presence and support has been truly invaluable.
The Neue Galerie, 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.
Twenty years is a long time, but it is also just a beginning. To ensure the ongoing vitality of our institution, this summer we are undertaking enhancements to our historic building to promote sustainability and improve the visitor experience on every level. To accommodate this necessary work, the Neue Galerie – including the galleries, shops and cafés – will be closed from June 1 through August 31.
While our building will be closed this summer, please note that the Design Shop and Book Store will remain open online throughout this time period. Our doors will reopen in the autumn of 2023, welcoming visitors to see the iconic works of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. We also very much look forward to our next special exhibition, “Max Beckmann: The Formative Years, 1915-1925,” which will open on October 5.
It has been a pleasure sharing the treasures of the Neue Galerie with you over the past twenty years, and we envision a bright future. I am confident in saying that we have more to accomplish and we look forward to shepherding this great museum into its next decades, so that future generations may appreciate the Gesamtkunstwerk that is the Neue Galerie New York.
Director, Neue Galerie New York