Solomon Guggenheim Museum New York

1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, Manhattan, New York
New York, United States
Phone: +1 212 423 3587
closed on: Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
Museum Type: Art

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is one of the world’s most famous museums of modern and contemporary art, it is housed in an iconic building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950s.

The New York museum is part of the Guggenheim network, which currently comprises museums in the USA, Spain, Italy, and a planned museum in the UAE.
The museum was opened in October 1959 in the famous building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Manhattan. An expansion was built in 1992 after a design by Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects followed by an 8,200 square-foot educational facility, the Sackler Center for Arts Education, completed in 2001.
With the design of the NY Guggenheim, Wright’s aimed to create a gathering space belonging to the whole city, rather than a secluded art institution addressed to specialists.
At the museum, artworks are displayed both along the spiral ramp that encircles the full-height central space, the Rotunda, as well as in more “traditional” rooms.
You can read here the full history of the Guggenheim Museum building.

The collections
The Guggenheim NY collections, originally based on the “non-objective” painting collection created by Solomon Guggenheim in the first half of the 20th century, are primarily composed of modern and contemporary artworks, usually displayed through semi-permanent thematic exhibitions.
Along with the main collection’s gallery, the museum also contains two permanent exhibitions: the Kandinsky gallery, displaying works by the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, and a gallery housing the European modern art collection that Justin K. Thannhauser donated to the Guggenheim in 1976.

The Solomon Guggenheim Foundation collection, together with the Peggy Guggenheim and the Hilla Rebay collections, comprise a large number of works by major artists including Jean Arp, Francis Bacon, Giacomo Balla, Constantin Brancusi, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Robert Delaunay, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Fernand Léger, Franz Marc, Amedeo Modigliani, László Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Seurat, to name just a few.

The Tannhauser donation is mainly dedicated to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism with works by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh.
The Panza collection is focused on minimalist and conceptual art, with works by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, James Turrell, and Doug Wheeler; the Bohen foundation gift is focused on contemporary art trends, with particular attention to photography, and includes works by Glenn Ligon, Sally Mann, Rika Noguchi, Nam June Paik, Pipilotti Rist, and Hiroshi Sugimoto; the museum has also a large collection of photos by Robert Mapplethorpe.
The Karl Nierendorf Estate is mainly devoted to expressionism and surrealism and the Katherine S. Dreier Bequest is mostly focused on early-20th century painting and sculpture.
As mentioned above, the Guggenheim exposes only a small part of its collections in a semi-permanent way, while a relevant part of its gallery space usually accommodates major changing exhibitions, which constitute an essential part of its program of events.
The museum organizes guided tours, seminars, courses, workshops, film screenings, concerts, and special events. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum building also includes an art library, an archive, a theatre, the already-mentioned Sackler Center for Arts Education, the Wright Restaurant, and a cafe.
With the exception of the High Gallery, the museum is fully accessible to physically impaired people.


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York
Photos by David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. 

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