Although Germany and, in particular, Austria are often associated with winter—evoking snowy scenes of Yuletide holidays—the less appreciated summertime pleasures of these regions also deserve their due. Visits to lively beer gardens, beautiful lake regions, and spirited open-air festivals are just some of the activities that define the season. This summer, we are also taking note of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the two dominant figures in twentieth-century Austrian art: Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. These two artists are absolutely central to the Neue Galerie collection, and their bold, fearless works continue to inspire countless visitors.
In celebrating Klimt and Schiele, our museum joins with numerous others in Vienna also paying tribute to these native sons. The Belvedere, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Secession, and the Wien Museum are just a few of the august Viennese institutions devoting exhibitions to these individuals who played key roles in the development of Modernism. Considered collectively, these shows offer a portrait of two artists who created a daring style of art for a new century, one celebrated for its sensuality and its deep connection to the human spirit.
Director, Neue Galerie New York