Museums can be overwhelming. So much to see, but only a limited amount of true art-appreciating energy to expend.
Though I adore them, I’m a believer in the fact that you can’t spend more than two hours (and even that’s pushing it) in any one museum on a given day without art fatigue setting in.
To help out, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite museum spaces in the city, the ones I come back to and savor, again and again. And the best part is: each can be fully appreciated in 20 minutes or less.
Neue Galerie New York, Klimt Gallery, second floor, center: This room of turn-of-the-20th-century Viennese art showcases both decorative and fine art pieces, including some of my all-time-favorite paintings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. The museum’s pièce de résistance, Klimt’s Adele Bloch Bauer I portrait, anchors the space.
Image courtesy of Neue Galerie New York
MoMA, The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Painting and Sculpture Galleries, fifth floor: This permanent collection showcases works by beloved artists like James Ensor, Paul Cezanne, Vasily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. Don’t miss your chance to see the world-famous Starry Night in person.
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The Met, The Annenberg Collection, second floor, south side: An embarrassment of riches, this collection housed in nine gallery rooms features some of the world’s most acclaimed Impressionist and post-Impressionist works by artists like Monet, Renoir, Degas and Manet.
Brooklyn Museum, American Identities: A New Look Look, Modern, fifth floor: An eclectic, expertly curated collection of 20th century design, sculpture and paintings by American artists.