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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, is an art museum at 1071 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 89th Street … See more



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Dec 26, 2022
This museum is simply known as "the Guggenheim." It is named for the philanthropist Solomon Guggenheim. The Guggenheim has an excellent collection of modern and contemporary art. However, it is bes… Full review by 619jeffry
Jul 6, 2022
I agree with others, the exhibits are overrated and the cost is steep. Go for the design of the building and works by Picasso, Renoir, Cézanne and Gaugin. Winding up from the later to earlier works o… Full review by Brookvt
Mar 5, 2022
Mostly, you go to a medeum to see the exhibits. However, the Guggenheim is the showpiece; it is frequently said to be Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece. This museum is stunning, you should see it, ev… Full review by 619jeffry


A Stunning Collection of Art
A sculpture in its own right, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s building almost overshadows the collection of 20th century art it houses. The museum’s holdings include works by Kandinsky, Picasso and Jackson Pollock. Over time, other key additions have been made, including paintings by Monet, Van Gogh and Degas, photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe, and key surrealist works. Temporary exhibitions are the real draw – the best of which are stunning site-specific installations by some of the great visionary artists of today. Completed in 1959, the inverted ziggurat structure was derided by some critics but hailed by others, who welcomed it as a beloved architectural icon – indeed, since it first opened, this unusual structure has appeared on countless postcards, TV programs and films. The Guggenheim came out of the collection of Solomon R Guggenheim, a New York mining magnate who began acquiring abstract art in his 60s at the behest of his art adviser, an eccentric German baroness named Hilla Rebay. The museum’s ascending ramp is occupied by rotating exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Though Wright intended visitors to go to the top and wind their way down, the cramped single elevator doesn’t allow for this. Exhibitions, therefore, are installed from bottom to top. There are two good on-site food options: The Wright, at ground level, a space-age eatery serving steamy risotto and classic cocktails, and Cafe 3, on the 3rd floor, which offers sparkling views of Central Park and excellent coffee and light snacks.
Delirious Spiral of a Museum
New York is the city of the rectangle, of the sharp right angle. Our streets form a severe grid, our buildings are boxy and regular. Until you get to the Guggenheim, that is. Frank Lloyd Wright’s delirious spiral of a museum sits among the towers of Fifth Avenue like a steroidal peacock among guinea hens. Architectural critic Herbert Muschamp described the look best when he wrote, “What else but a building brought back from a dream would be windowless, have walls and floors that tilt and twist, begin on the top floor, and spiral in towards the center like an enigma.” Visiting the center of this 1959 masterpiece and trudging up the ramps of curving halls transforms the standard museum experience into a profound journey, no matter what artworks are on display. Early critics dismissed the museum, but I think today even the most jaded visitor will feel the power of the place, the symbolic weight of infinite circle upon circle upon circle. Beyond the architecture, the museum is popular thanks to its curators’ abilities to formulate blockbuster retrospectives on top contemporary artists and topics that combine art with history and in some cases sociology—shows on Aztec culture, motorcycles, and Brazilian art, to mention just a few that created headlines in past years. Aside from the architecture and changing exhibits, the Guggenheim is known for its concentration of artworks by Kandinsky, Brancusi, Picasso, Miró, and Mondrian, among other modernists. In addition, the museum devotes permanent gallery space to the stars of the Guggenheim’s core collection, towering figures such as Chagall, Brancusi, Mondrian, Miró, and Kandinsky, among other modernists.

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