Neue Galerie New York

Neue Galerie New York
Location of The Neue Galerie in New York City
Established November 16, 2001
Location 1048 5th Avenue and 86th Street, Manhattan, New York
Coordinates 40°46′53″N 73°57′37″W / 40.7813°N 73.9603°W / 40.7813; -73.9603
Director Renée Price
Public transit access 86th Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)
Website Neue Galerie
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt used to hang in a museum in Vienna and was restituted to its owner who sold it to the Neue Galerie in 2006
Berlin Street Scene by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was another painting that used to hang in a German museum that was restituted and bought by the Neue Galerie in 2007

The Neue Galerie New York (German for: "New Gallery") is a museum of early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design located in the William Starr Miller House at 86th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. Established in 2001, it is one of the most recent additions to New York City's famed Museum Mile, which runs from 83rd to 105th streets on Fifth Avenue in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.


The museum was first conceived by two close friends: art dealer and museum exhibition organizer Serge Sabarsky, and entrepreneur, philanthropist, and art collector Ronald S. Lauder. The two men shared a passionate commitment to early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design. They met in 1967, just before Sabarsky opened his Serge Sabarsky Gallery at 987 Madison Avenue. Almost immediately, the gallery earned a reputation as New York’s leading gallery for Austrian and German Expressionist art. Lauder was a frequent visitor and client. Over the years, the two men discussed opening a museum to showcase the very best work from the period. When Sabarsky died in 1996, Lauder chose to carry on the task of creating Neue Galerie New York, as a tribute to his friend.[1]


The collection of the Neue Galerie is divided into two sections. The second floor of the museum houses works of fine art and decorative art from early twentieth-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. The third floor exhibits various German works from the same era, including art movements such as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), Die Brücke (The Bridge), and the Bauhaus. Featured 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 painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I from Maria Altmann on behalf of the Neue Galerie. Citing a confidentiality agreement, Lauder would only confirm that the purchase price was more than the last record price of US$104.2 million US for Picasso's 1905 Boy With a Pipe. The press reported the price for the Klimt at US$135 million, which would make it at that time the most expensive painting ever sold.[2] It has been on display at the museum since July 2006.


The museum is housed in the former William Starr Miller House, a Louis XIII/Beaux-Arts structure located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 86th Street. The Neue Galerie opened there on November 16, 2001. Selldorf Architects was responsible for the complete renovation and conversion into a museum.

In addition to its gallery spaces, the museum also contains a bookstore, design shop, and two Viennese cafés, "Café Sabarsky" and "Café Fledermaus", both of which are operated by restaurateur Kurt Gutenbrunner.[3]

Past exhibitions


  1. "Serge Sabarsky, 83, Art Dealer And Expert on Expressionism". The New York Times. February 26, 1996. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  2. Vogel, Carol (June 19, 2006). "Lauder Pays $135 Million, a Record, for a Klimt Portrait". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  3. "KG-NY :: The Restaurant Group of Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner :: New York, New York". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "Museum Landing Page". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  5. Genocchio, Benjamin (August 24, 2007). "'Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Berlin Street Scene'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  • Anne-Marie O'Connor. The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Alfred A. Knopf, New York 2012, ISBN 0307265641
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