The Kallir Research Institute (KRI) is delighted to recognize the 100th anniversary of the original Neue Galerie. Founded by Otto Kallir in Vienna in 1923, the Neue Galerie played a crucial role in showcasing the works of prominent artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka, among others. The exhibitions hosted by the gallery fostered a broader understanding not only of German and Austrian expressionism, but of European modernism generally.
The Neue Galerie had been in existence for fifteen years when Kallir was forced to flee the Nazis after the Anschluss in 1938. He settled in New York City, where he opened the Galerie St. Etienne. The New York gallery operated for more than 80 years, introducing the artists exhibited at the Neue Galerie to American audiences. The exhibitions and other international projects held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary demonstrate the lasting influence of Otto Kallir and the artists he championed.
Two exhibitions will be held in the Neue Galerie’s original home of Vienna, both curated in collaboration with KRI President Jane Kallir, the granddaughter of Otto Kallir. On view from November 29 through January 10, 2024, at Galerie nächst St. Stephan – which has occupied the site of the Neue Galerie since 1954 – will be Otto Kallir and the Neue Galerie in Historical Documents 1923–1954, an exhibition of documentation, ephemera, and photographs examining the history of the current gallery’s predecessor.
Concurrently, Wienerroither & Kohlbacher will present 100 YEARS NEUE GALERIE VIENNA: Homage to Otto Kallir, a survey featuring works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, Richard Gerstl, Max Beckmann, Käthe Kollwitz, Franz Lerch, Anton Faistauer, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, and others, opening November 30 and extending through February 3, 2024.
In the spring of 2024, the celebration will turn to Otto Kallir’s adopted home of New York City, as the Kallir Research Institute opens the doors of its new research center to the public, allowing scholars of Austrian and German Expressionism as well as of Self Taught or “Outsider” artists access to its extensive archives. Later in May, Wienerroither & Kohlbacher will host an adaptation of the Vienna exhibition at its New York gallery.
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