Housed in a postmodern building from 1981, this museum is a showcase for 19th-century German and European art, starting right around 1800. Not quite as daunting as the nearby Alte, the Neue still contains plenty to see.
The survey of 19th-century works in this museum focuses primarily on two collections. The first is German and includes Romantic works and those associated with Ludwig I, the king of Bavaria from 1825 to 1848. More important is the work by the German artist Casper David Friedrich, whose “Summer” (1807) and “Riesengebirge with Rising Fog” (1819) illuminate the Romantic style of painting. The second collection highlights important European Impressionist works, starting with Edouard Manet and continuing with canvases by Van Gogh (one of his “Sunflowers” from 1888), Monet, Goya, Munch, Degas, Renoir, and Klimt. English artists whose works are on view include Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, and William Turner. A tour of the highlights takes a couple of hours; an audio tour in English is free with your admission.