NYC has benefitted greatly from the philanthropy which has supported the transformation of what were once beautiful private resdiences into public spaces now enjoyed by all, think Frick Museum and Morgan Library and Museum
None is more beautiful that the stunning William Starr Miller residence at 1048 Fifth Ave and E 86th Street opposite the Met Mauseum. It is now the Neue Galerie New York, a glorious 6 story Beaux Arts Mansion built in the early 20th century and now completely restored to its orginal state and home to a dazzling display of early 20th Century German Expressionist art and design.
There is a poignancy to the continued survival of these works as so many of them were criticized, cast aside and stolen during the period of the German Reich. All the greats of German Expressionism are represented: Gustav Klimt, Oskar KokoschKa, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee abd George Grosz as well as work from all the well known design schools such as the Bauhaus.
The establishment of the Neue Galerie was the work of Serge Sabarsky (dealer and museum exhibition organizer) and Ronald S Lauder (art Collector) who were firm friends and who pooled their expertize and money to bring it into being in 2001.
The most famous painting in the Galerie is Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer 1, a glittering piece of art in every way, the whole canvas being drenched in shades of gold. Visitors will enjoy both the beauty of the building and the masterpieces within its walls. And when you have had your fill of amazing art then you can sit yoruself down in either the Cafe Sabarsky or cAfe Fledermaus and enjoy the very best Viennese cafes in NYC.