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Posted: 10:03 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2013

Elisabet Ney Museum reopens 


Elisabet Ney Museum
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
The Elisabet Ney Museum is in the Hyde Park neighborhood at 304 East 44th St.

By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

After nine months of renovation, the Elisabet Ney Museum is open.

The former home and studio of the German-born sculptor Elisabet Ney, the limestone building is singular piece of vernacular architecture.

After an illustrious career in Germany sculpting the likes of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Otto von Bismarck, Arthur Schopenhauer and Jacob Grimm, Ney landed in Austin in 1892 and built the house she would call Formosa. Once in Texas, Ney was commissioned to sculpt regional heroes such as Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston.

More spacious studio than a functional home, Ney's home nevertheless became a meeting place for progressive intellectuals who concerned themselves with art, culture, education and philosophy.

Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the city-operated Elisabet Ney Museum features a permanent display of her sculpture.

The recent renovation work entailed replacing the roof, reconfigured exhibit space and continuing work on the grounds that restored the  property to its original prairie landscape.

The museum’s hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays.  Admission is free.  More information is available at www.elisabetneymuseum.org

On June 15, to celebrate the re-opening the museum, is hosting a family-friendly Ney Day: austintexas.gov/event/elisabet-ney-museum-ney-day

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

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Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman where she has worked since 1999.

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