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Meet Adele Bloch-Bauer…twice

The 2015 movie Woman In Gold starring the magnificent Dame Helen Mirren is based on the true story of a woman who takes on the Austrian government in an effort to recover family paintings seized by the Nazis.  Meet the movie’s other leading lady: Adele Bloch-Bauer.

Woman In Gold
Photo courtesy of Neue Galerie

Adele Bloch-Bauer, the wife of a wealthy industrialist, was the only person to be painted twice by Gustav Klimt. The first painting, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) is on permanent display at Neue Galerie, a charming museum on the Upper East Side dedicated to German and Austrian art.  The painting is truly awe-inspiring in its opulence, and, in my humble opinion, is worth the entry fee on its own.  From his “Golden Phase”, the piece features gold leaf and abstract color tiles and shapes that create a rich swirl around a captivating subject.

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And right now, the second painting, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II (1912) is on display at MoMa thanks to a special long-term loan.  It’s a rare opportunity to enjoy both pieces together, especially while we entertain the scandalous rumors that surround the artist’s and the subject’s relationship, as Dame Helen Mirren casually references here!

Neue Galerie

Location:
1048 Fifth Avenue

Hours:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

For additional information, visit their website.

MoMa

Location:
11 W 53rd St

Hours:
Sunday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Monday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

For holiday and member hours and additional information, visit their website.

Pair it with:

Dessert and coffee at Cafe Sabarsky

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While it may be not be chronologically correct to do so, we recommend starting with Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II and ending with Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, so that you may top off your excursion with dessert and coffee at Cafe Sabarsky, located within Neue Galerie.  It may be a little pricey, but its quaint surroundings immediately transport you to Europe.  And on a nice day, always ask if you can get a seat by the window – you might get lucky!

Cafe Hours:

Monday and Wednesday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Closed Tuesday

– L.

 

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