Solomon Guggenheim Museum New York
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is one of the most famed modern and contemporary art museums in the world, and a celebrated architectural masterpiece in Manhattan.
The New York museum is part of the Guggenheim network, formed by museums in the USA, Spain, Italy and the UAE.
The museum was opened in October 1959 inside the famous building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. An expansion was completed in 1992 on a design by Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects and, in 2001, an 8,200 square-foot educational facility, the Sackler Center for Arts Education, was added.
Wright’s design was 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, and into more traditional rooms.
You can read here the full history of the Guggenheim Museum building.
The Guggenheim NY collections, originally based on the “non-objective” painting collection created by Solomon Guggenheim in the fist half of the 20th century, are primarily composed by modern and contemporary artworks, usually displayed through semi-permanent thematic exhibitions.
The museum also houses two permanent galleries: the Kandinsky gallery, displaying works by the Russian painter, and a wing for the 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, is an impressive selection of masterpieces by Jean Arp, Bacon, Balla, Brancusi, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Delaunay, Kandinsky, Klee, Léger, Marc, Modigliani, Moholy-Nagy, Mondrian, Picasso, and Seurat, just to name 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 a 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, the Guggenheim exposes only a part of its collections in a semi-permanent way, while a relevant part of its exhibition space is usually dedicated to important temporary art exhibitions, which constitute an essential part of its activity.
The museum organizes guided tours, seminars, courses, workshops, film screenings, concerts and special events. The Guggenheim includes an art library and archive, a theatre, the Sackler Center for Arts Education, mentioned earlier, the Wright restaurant and a café.
The Guggenheim is accessible to disabled people, with the exception of the High Gallery; wheelchairs are available on loan, free-of-charge.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York
Photos by David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.
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