Two Saturdays ago, I met up with some friends to check out the Neue Galerie in the Upper East Side. It was after a week when school was canceled twice and I was in desperate need of some “me” time away from my girls. Inside the gallery is a wonderful Austrian-themed restaurant, Cafe Sabarsky — a perfect spot to start girl-bonding time and catch up with what everyone’s been up to. My girlfriends and I indulged in savory bratwursts and decadent desserts of chocolate torte and apple strudel.
After brunch, we checked out the museum’s permanent collection and current Egon Schiele exhibit. While the Schiele exhibit was interesting, I personally felt the highlight of our visit was seeing Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. I’ve long been a fan of Klimt’s works and seeing this particular work in person was pretty amazing. Hard to believe that this work is over 100 years old with all its sumptuous and vivid details!
Do you know that there’s a movie on this portrait coming out in April? It’s called Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren and it deals with how Adele Bloch-Bauer’s descendant in the US fought the Austrian government to recover this work that the Nazis looted during World War II. It’s an amazing story that I’m dying to learn more about.