April 2 is the last opportunity to see for the spectacular array of riches acquired by Ronald S. Lauder and on glorious display in the 1914 rooms of the Neue Galerie as part of this establishment’s tenth anniversary.
Did you ever think that you’d see a wall of Cezannes (including a self-portrait) gazing down at full-standing suits of Renaissance armor, inlaid pistols, a German crossbow, and two fully armored knights astride bedecked horse mannequins? You really don’t know where to look first, and neither, it appears, does Cezanne.
If you took the entire 5th Floor at MoMA and shrunk it down to fit the second and third stories of the Neue mansion, that’s what you get – incredible works by Picasso, Degas, Matisse, Kandinsky, Klimt, Shiele, and Brancusi alongside Adele and all the other Klimt favorites. Even Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke are there.
Wish you could see the Seurat show at MoMA? Or the Van Gogh drawing show that was at the Met? There’s an exquisite, dimly lit room packed with drawings that will make you feel that you’re right back at those historic exhibitions.