Friday, July 03, 2015

The Neue Gallery and Tony's Di Napoli

The goal of our walk in Central Park was to reach the Neue Gallery and see the Women in Gold painting. Both Denis and I had seen the movie and were anxious to see the painting.

The exhibit was spectacular.

More from the museum's web site:
Note: Although the exhibition "Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold" is only on view through September 7, the painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt is on permanent view at the Neue Galerie.

"Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold" is an intimate exhibition devoted to the close relationship that existed between the artist and one of his key subjects and patrons. Included in the exhibition is a display of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, paintings, related drawings, vintage photographs, decorative arts, and archival material.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the Neue Galerie President’s Circle. Conservation of Adele Bloch-Bauer I and support for this exhibition is made possible in part by A. Lange & Söhne.

This exhibition coincides with the opening of the historical drama "Woman in Gold," starring Helen Mirren as Adele Bloch-Bauer's niece Maria Altmann, and Ryan Reynolds as lawyer Randol Schoenberg. The Weinstein Company is set to release the film in U.S. theaters on April 1, 2015. The film is based upon the incredible true story of how Altmann, working in collaboration with Schoenberg, successfully sued the Austrian Government for the return of five Klimt paintings seized by the Nazis from the Bloch-Bauer family townhouse in Vienna during World War II.

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) is one of the most important artists of fin-de-siècle Vienna. Trained at Vienna's Kunstgewerbeschule, Klimt began his career in a traditional and historicist style, but quickly emerged as one of Vienna's preeminent modern artists, creating ebullient landscapes, striking portraits, and erotic drawings of women. Klimt was a key figure in Vienna's art scene, and is one whose artistic achievements and mentorship paved the way for painters Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele.
From there we took the subway down to Times Square. Our reservation for Tony's Di Napoli was at 1:30. We were a little early but stopped by to see if we could get seated right away. Turns out we could be. We ordered chicken parma, spaghetti with meat balls and ravioli along with a house salad. It was fantastic as always. I highly recommend to go there and have a meal. You won't be disappointed!

Lunch at Tony's Di Napoli some of the best food ever.

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