Guggenheim Museum New York
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum or Guggenheim Museum as many people would call it is a world-
renowned museum that is located in New York. In 2013, it was said that it had roughly 1.2 million
visitors and has held the most famous exhibition in New York City.
It is best known for its expanding collection of paintings
and other works of art from famous Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and contemporary
artists. Aside from the in-house and permanent collections, the Guggenheim Museum also holds special
exhibitions all throughout the year.
The Guggenheim Museum was established in 1939 by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Initially,
it was called the Museum of Non-Objective Painting and was later changed to Guggenheim Museum,
after the death of its founder in 1952.
The Guggenheim Museum was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Its design was considered to be “the
temple of the spirit” because of its cylindrical design. It has a wider top and a smaller bottom which
made it as one of the 20th With over eight decades of existence, the Guggenheim Museum’s collection is vastly increasing.
This is the reason why there was a need to renovate and expand the buildings as well. Of course, the art collections are not limited to being shown in New York but are shared with its sister museum in Bilbao,
Spain and other location. century’s most significant architectural landmarks.
Among the famous artworks featured in Guggenheim
Museum are: František Kupka’s, 1909–10, Planes by Colors, Large Nude; Franz Marc’s, 1911, The Yellow
Cow; Jean Metzinger’s, 1912, Femme à l’Éventail (Woman with a Fan); Fernand Léger’s, 1912–13, Nude
Model in the Studio; Alexander Archipenko’s, 1913, Pierrot-carrousel; Amedeo Modigliani, 1917, Nude
and many more.
Of course, in popular culture, the Guggenheim Museum has also been featured in several films and TV
series such as the Men in Black, The International, Ugly Betty, When in Rome and among others. Aside
from film and television, it has also been included on the cover and cartoon section of the New Yorker.
In the comic books, it was part in Daredevil, Thor and many others.
Due to its deterioration considering it has been in
existence for more than 50 years, the museum underwent to a major renovation particularly on its
exterior. The renovation was meant to repair the cracks as well and to modernize the details in its
exterior. The renovation took 3 years, from September 2005 to July 2008; it took that long because the
working team had to make sure that the condition is safe for the said renovation project. This has also
something to do with the safety of the people that will be working in it as well as the collections of art
At present, the Guggenheim Museum’s visitors have been increasing. This can be attributed not only
because of the collection that it has, but most importantly because of the exhibitions it holds. This
gives the opportunities to the viewers and art enthusiasts to appreciate art, both from the past and the
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Guggenheim Museum New York