The brainchild of art dealer Serge Sabarsky and philanthropist Ronald S. Lauder, the two-floor Neue Galerie New York opened in 2001 to exhibit early 20th-century German and Austrian art and design.
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 by such figures as Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser and Dagobert Peche, and by such architects as Adolf Loos, Joseph Urban and Otto Wagner.
The third-floor galleries feature German art representing various movements of the early 20th century: the Blaue Reiter and its circle (Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, August Macke, Franz Marc, 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).
Coinciding with current exhibitions, the museum organizes a free film series on select Monday evenings.
Children under 12 not admitted; children aged 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers and baby carriages are only permitted on the ground floor and lower level.
Three-month internships and volunteer opportunities are available to college students with an interest in the museum and Austrian arts and culture. A proficiency in German is preferred.
Children under 12 are not admitted.