Claremontographer in NYC: Klimt Exhibit

img_4937Several months ago, my husband ran across an article in the NY Times about a Gustav Klimt exhibit in New York City. Casually asking him how long Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age: 1900-1918 was running, he said, January 16. 2017. After a minute, it occurred to me that I was on vacation until Jan. 9 and he until Jan. 17. How crazy would it be to fly out to the east coast just to see an art exhibit? In January?

Apparently not crazy enough, because we booked two flights and one hotel room and counted it as our Christmas present to ourselves.

The Neue Galerie, only in existence for 15 years, features Austrian and German art from the the 20th Century.

This brick mansion, just up the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sets the perfect scene for the exhibit (no photos of the art allowed).

The exhibit was not large, but we took our time and enjoyed not only the major portraits, but the additional art – drawings, clocks, tea sets, other decorative objects from the period.

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We enjoyed Austrian treats in the museum cafe.

In the basement we were allowed to photograph the photographs where the artist recreated portions of Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze using real people.

For me, though, the signature work, the Adele Bloch-Bauer I that I saw at LACMA in 2006, was worth the trip out. You may have seen the movie Woman in Gold, or read the book, but there is nothing like seeing that painting in person. It’s the one at the top of this post.

I have blogged about Klimt before. You can read those posts here, here, and here.

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