Frick Collection and Neue Galerie: two must-see museums in New York

Much less known than MOMA or MET, the Frick Collection and the Neue Galerie are two must-see museums if you are in New York.

What makes these museums so unique, besides their exceptional collections, is that they offer visitors the opportunity to see masterpieces in private mansions of the early twentieth century. By visiting these museums, you will surely get the feeling of going back in time.

 

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THE FRICK COLLECTION

 

The Frick Collection is an art museum located in the Upper East Side. Compared to the huge museums like the Guggenheim and the MET which are two steps away, the Frick Collection looks very small.

What makes this museum so unique and exceptional, and in this it is very similar to the Jacquemart André Museum in Paris, is the fact that the works of art are exhibited in the former residence of Henry Clay Frick as at the time when the Frick family was living here.

Visiting this museum today, where the rooms have not changed since the owner’s death, we suddenly feel like we were traveling in time, being transported in the early years of the twentieth century.

The Frick Collection occupies the former residence of Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), a businessman who made a fortune in steel in Pittsburgh. At the beginning of the 20th century, Henry Clay Frick, is one of the richest men of New York with Rockefeller and Mellon. During the last forty years of his life, he became a great art collector.

In 1913, he began building this imposing residence overlooking Central Park on Fifth Avenue, with the project to open his collection to the public after his death. Since his death, the number of works of art in the collection has increased considerably and the residence has been enlarged and reorganized several times to house all the works of art.

Museum Collections

The museum houses magnificent paintings by European masters such as Bellini, Constable, Corot, Gainsborough, Goya, El Greco, Holbein, Ingres, Manet, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Titian, Turner, Velázquez, Vermeer and Whistler. The Frick Collection is also known for its sculptures, ceramics, textiles and works on paper. In addition, the museum has a beautiful inner courtyard where visitors can enjoy a moment of relaxation.

To Note :

Unfortunately, children under 10 years old are not allowed.

An audio guide is included with the admission, offering recorded information on the masterpieces. The system provides up to three hours of listening in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

 


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THE NEUE GALERIE

The Neue Galerie, a few blocks from the Guggenheim Museum, offers a wonderful alternative to the overcrowded Guggenheim.

Founded by two friends, art dealer Serge Sabarsky and New York billionaire Ronald S. Lauder, heir to cosmetics company Estée Lauder, the Neue Galerie opened in November 2001.

Dedicated to German and Austrian art of the 20th century, this small museum by its size but immense by its collection of art is located in a magnificent manor of the early 20th century.

The Neue Galerie is particularly noteworthy for its way of juxtaposing paintings and decorative arts and transporting visitors in time. Like the Frick Collection, the Neue Galerie offers visitors the opportunity to see art in a luxurious setting that offers space for quietly admiring its masterpieces.

The masterpiece of the collection is the dazzling portrait Adele Bloch-Bauer I, painted by Klimt in 1907, which Lauder bought in auction in 2006 for a record price of $ 135 million. The painting, known as “Mona Lisa Viennese”, occupies a prominent position in the galleries of the second floor of the museum. The fascinating story of this painting is told in the film of 2015 ‘Woman in Gold’.

Museum Collections

The second-floor galleries are devoted to the Viennese art of 1900, exploring the relations that existed between the fine arts of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl and Alfred Kubin and the decorative arts created by such designers as Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser and Dagobert Peche, and architects such as Adolf Loos, Joseph Urban and Otto Wagner.

The galleries on the third floor present German art from different early 20th century movements: the Blaue Reiter (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); Neue Sachlichkeit (Otto Dix, George Grosz, Christian Schad); Werkbund (Peter Behrens) and the Bauhaus (Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Wilhelm Wagenfeld).

To Note :

Like the Frick collection, unfortunately children under 12 are not admitted and teenagers from 12 to 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

An audio guide is included with the admission.

The Sabarsky Café, in an elegant first floor space, and an ideal destination for a Viennese coffee, strudels or Sachertorte.

 

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