From the Director
Welcome to Neue Galerie New York, a museum devoted to early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design. Since its founding in 2001, the Neue Galerie has considered Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938) an artist central to its mission. As a co-founder of the Brücke group—in essence, four architecture students in Dresden who in 1905 decided to become painters—Kirchner was integral in shaping the direction of modern art. His paintings, drawings, and prints possess a tremendous directness and vibrancy. In 2006, we were most fortunate to co-acquire Berlin Street Scene (1913–14). Within its striking composition and brilliant palette is a work of pointed social critique. This painting has been proudly displayed in our galleries since that time.
This Autumn 2019, we are delighted to present “Ernst Ludwig Kirchner,” an exhibition devoted to this icon of German Expressionism. The walls of the Neue Galerie will be bursting with color, featuring canvases, drawings, and prints from all phases of Kirchner's career: his early days in Dresden and Moritzburg; his highly productive time in Berlin and Fehmarn; and ultimately his voluntary exile in Davos. To see so many of his greatest works gathered together is truly astonishing.
We very much hope you enjoy your visit.
Renée Price, Director
Neue Galerie New York