The Neue Galerie is a museum of German and Austrian art. This phenomenal Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky collection has a splendid home on Fifth Avenue.
The museum is devoted to early twentieth-century German And Austrian art and design, displayed on two exhibition floors. The second-floor galleries are dedicated to art from Vienna circa 1900, exploring the special relationship that existed then between the fine arts (of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gertsl and Alfred Kubin) and the decorative arts (created at the Wiener Werk-stätte by such well-known figures as Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser and Dagobert Peche, and by such celebrated architects as Adolf Loos, Joseph Urban and Otto Wagner).
The third-floor galleries feature German art representing various movements of the early twentieth century: the Blaue Reiter and its circle; the Brüke; the Bauhaus; the Neue Sachlichkeit; as well as applied arts from the Werkbund and the Bauhaus.
The museum's name (which means "new gallery") has its historical roots in various European institutions, artists' associations and commercial galleries, foremost the Neue Galerie in vienna, founded in 1923 by Otto Kallir. All sought to capture the innovative, modern spirit they discovered and pursued at the turn of the twentieth century.
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