Neue Galerie Celebrates 10th Year

New York City.- The Neue Galerie Museum is proud to present "The Ronald S. Lauder Collection: Selections from the Third Century BC to the 20th Century/Germany, Austria, and France” on view at the museum through April 2nd. Art collectors of ArtKabinett social network always enjoy viewing this beautiful home of so many paintings.

This exhibition, featuring works from the collection of one of the museum's co-founders, provides a rare glimpse into this private art collection and forms part of the museum's 10th anniversary celebrations.

The Ronald S. Lauder Collection encompasses a broad range of masterworks. The exhibition will focus on six areas: medieval art, arms and armor, Old Master paintings, 19th- and 20th-century drawings, fine and decorative art of Vienna 1900, and modern and contemporary art.

Among the artists represented are Albrecht Altdorfer, Constantin Brancusi, Paul Cézanne, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Quentin Massys, Pablo Picasso, Gerhard Richter, Egon Schiele, Georges Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh.

“My absolute love for and dedication to collecting art has been one of the guiding passions of my life,” said Ronald Lauder, President of the Neue Galerie.

“It is thrilling for me to present key works from my collection in honor of the tenth anniversary of the founding of Neue Galerie New York.”

“Ronald Lauder has the vision and temperament to identify greatness in art very quickly, and he has the conviction and courage to follow through and acquire masterworks,” said Renée Price, Director of the Neue Galerie.

“In presenting works from his collection, we honor the endless quest to assemble and share works of art that exude strength and beauty.” The exhibition catalogue features authors who will comment on how the Ronald S. Lauder collection was assembled.

They include Lauder collection curator Elizabeth Kujawski; Neue Galerie Director Renée Price; Stuart Pyhrr, Chief Curator of Arms and Armor at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Ann Temkin, Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art; esteemed drawings collector Eugene Thaw; medieval art specialist William Wixom; and independent scholars Alessandra Comini and Christian Witt-Dörring.

Neue Galerie New York is a museum 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 Gerstl, and Alfred Kubin) and the decorative arts (created at the Wiener Werkstätte 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 (Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, August Macke, Franz Marc -- whose 1913 work is shown above --, Gabriele Münter); the Brücke (Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Hermann Max Pechstein, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff); the Bauhaus (Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Oskar Schlemmer); the Neue Sachlichkeit (Otto Dix, George Grosz, Christian Schad); as well as applied arts from the Werkbund (Peter Behrens) and the Bauhaus (Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Wilhelm Wagenfeld).

Neue Galerie New York was conceived by two men who enjoyed a close friendship over a period of nearly thirty years: art dealer and museum exhibition organizer Serge Sabarsky and businessman, philanthropist, and art collector Ronald S. Lauder.

Sabarsky and Lauder shared a passionate commitment to Modern German and Austrian art, and dreamed of opening a museum to showcase the finest examples of this work.

After Sabarsky died in 1996, Lauder carried on the vision of creating Neue Galerie New York as a tribute to his friend. 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.

The museum resides in a wonderful mansion located at 1048 5th Avenue, not far from the Guggenheim. Visit their website via this link.