Neue Galerie New York
Just a few blocks from the Guggenheim, the Neue Galerie New York is a quieter treat. This museum takes a unique and specific perspective, and does so extremely well – it’s devoted to early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design. Located in an elegant Louis XIII and Beaux-Arts style 1914 mansion on New York City’s esteemed Museum Mile, the second floor galleries are dedicated to the art of Vienna circa 1900, and the relationship between the fine arts and the decorative arts of this period. Klimt, Schiele, and Kubin all feature, as well as decorative works created at the Wiener Werkstätte, and celebrated architects. In complementary juxtaposition, the third-floor galleries feature the movements of early twentieth century German art, from the Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus. This museum is the ultimate destination for art and design lovers with an interest in Germany and Austria. The classic collection, alongside the exquisite changing exhibitions that feature the work of masters such as Kandinsky and Van Gogh, really highlight the passion and dedication of Ronald S. Lauder, who founded the museum in 1996, and Serge Sabarsky, who inspired it.
Café Sabarsky models itself on the Viennese cafés that served as important centres of intellectual and artistic life at the turn of the century, and it really achieves that level of elegance and feels like a meeting place for great minds. The dessert selection is particularly divine, and are perhaps best enjoyed during ‘Cabaret at Café Sabarsky’, a fabulous live music series that takes place in the café, devoted to German and Austrian music of the 1890s-1930s.
Café Fledermaus is a great example of a museum’s ability to integrate an eatery into the artistic experience. With chairs and tables designed by Josef Hoffmann, and decorated with a Dagobert Peche textile, against marble walls and classic black and white, you could really be stepping in to the foyer of Cabaret Fledermaus. The authentic menu continues this, so in the Summer, you can refresh with a Holunderbeerensaft (elderberry spritzer) or warm up with a Glühwein, (a traditional spiced wine) in the Winter.
The Neue Galerie New York’s Book Store is surprisingly well stocked, and is the perfect spot for anyone looking for publications related to the museum’s perspective. Exhibition catalogues sit alongside many books on German and Austrian art and design, as well as a great selection of books in German. There is also plenty of artist monographs, which make fantastic gifts. The online store is also great: Book Store
This award-winning shop offers the most fabulous selection of objects based on original designs from the Biedermeier, Vienna 1900, and the Bauhaus. The Neue Galerie also collaborates with renowned designers such as Michael Graves to produce original pieces inspired by objects in the museum collection. This store is perfect for opulent gifts and homeware – you’ll want to take everything home. Luckily we also have the online shop: Design Shop.
Neue Galerie New York
1048 5th Avenue
New York City
Thursday – Monday 11.00 – 18.00
Subway: 86th Street (at Lexington Avenue) (4, 5, and 6), or 86th Street (at Central Park West) (B and C)