“Wow, this is amazing!” This phrase crossed my mind many times as I walked through the Neue Galerie for the first time. I was so surprised and happy that I came close to crying. (I am an art history major so I tend to get a bit overly excited around art, but hopefully this gallery will make you feel just as inspired).
The Neue Galerie is a wonderful space highlighting early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design. There is also a well-stocked bookshop, design store and two cafés!
The permanent collection on the second floor explores the relationship between Viennese fine arts and decorative arts. The collection is relatively small (compared to institutions like the nearby Met) but it is extremely well curated. Another plus is that the walls are not overcrowded with works, allowing you room to breathe and enjoy the works without being overwhelmed.
Don’t forget to look up and notice the chandeliers and the crown molding. The museum itself is a work of art.
On view until January 29, 2018, is a retrospective devoted to the Wiener Werkstätte, an artists’ and craftsmens’ collective that existed in Vienna from 1903 until 1932.
*The museum is open for free from 18:00 – 20:00 on the first Friday of every month.