From Klimt to Schiele: Highlights of the Neue Galerie with Dr. Jennie Hirsh - Context Travel

From Klimt to Schiele: Highlights of the Neue Galerie with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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Established in 2001, The Neue Galerie has become New York City’s premier attraction on “Museum Mile” for enthusiasts of German and Austrian art and design. While the museum is currently closed to the public, we will enjoy an up-close look at highlights of their world-renowned collection, consisting of early twentieth-century works by Kandinsky, Klee, Klimt, and their contemporaries.

Housed within the William Starr Miller House, itself a Beaux-Arts architectural treasure, this expansive collection is organized across two floors. We will spend time on the first, which houses works from Austria, concentrating on masterpieces by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele along with decorative objects by the artisans of the Wiener Werkstaette collective and the Vienna Secession movement. Next, we will move upstairs to discuss various German works from the same era, and learn more about major art movements such as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), Die Brücke (The Bridge), and the Bauhaus. Featured artists from this era will include Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and more.

Additionally, this conversation will spotlight the so-called “Woman in Gold” in Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I. This painting was confiscated by the Nazis in 1941 and we will uncover the story of how it came to land in the Neue Galerie in 2006. At that time, it was purportedly the most expensive painting ever sold through Christie’s private sale.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will take visitors back in time as we learn more about the Austrian and German masterminds immortalized within the Neue Galerie collection. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an understanding of the key artisans that moved the needle for German and Austrian visual culture during the early twentieth century.

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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