One of the most elegant museums in NYC, Neue Galerie New York is located in the William Starr Miller House at E 86th St and Fifth Avenue, where it joined the Upper East Side’s famed “Museum Mile” in 2001. It was founded as an institution devoted to early 20th-century German and Austrian art and design, the brainchild of two men: art dealer and curator Serge Sabarsky and cosmetics heir Ronald S. Lauder. Lauder opened the Neue Galerie seven years after Sabarsky’s death, filling it with his personal collection of works by such artists as George Grosz, Vasily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, and Franz Marc among many others. Also on view are swank examples of decorative art and furniture created by such Wiener Werkstätte luminaries as Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. The collection centerpiece is Klimt’s dazzling gold-flecked 1907 portrait, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which Lauder bought at an auction in 2006 for the then-record price of $135 million. The painting—known as the “Viennese Mona Lisa”—occupies pride of place in the museum’s second-floor art galleries. Like the Frick Collection, Neue Galerie New York offers visitors a chance to see art in a luxurious setting that also offers space for quiet contemplation.
Where is the Neue Galerie?
The museum is at 1048 5th Ave, between E 85th and E 86th Sts.
How do I get tickets to the Neue Galerie?
Tickets can be purchased at the museum entrance.
What’s the best way to get to the Neue Galerie?
Take the 4, 5, 6 to 86th St.