The Guggenheim is one of the most important cultural centres in the world.
Since its foundation in 1937 the Guggenheim has been one of the most important modern art museums in the world. Located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan it has long been one of the most iconic institutions on the world of fine arts.
It is a permanent home to one of the most complete and renowned collections of impressionist, post impressionist, modern and contemporary art. The museum first held the collection of Solomon R. Guggenheim, a wealthy American business man, philanthropist and art collector. Over the years the collection has grown significantly, becoming with time one of the most significant modern art institutions in the world.
The Guggenheim collection was first seen at the private residence of Solomon R. Guggenheim. However, as his collection grew in both size and significance he founded the Solomon R. Guggenheim foundation. This foundation was dedicated to promoting and encouraging the message of modern art.
It was not long before the collection outgrows the premises. With the help of German painter Hilla Rebay, the Guggenheim Foundation leased premises and opened up to the general public. However, soon these were not enough.
In 1943 Solomon Guggenheim wrote a letter requesting the services of Frank Lloyd Wright. After 15 years and 700 sketches, six sets of working drawings the groundbreaking helix shaped building was finished. The Guggenheim museum still standing today is arguably one of the most significant architectural works of the 20th Century.
The Museum first opened its doors in 1959, ten years after the death of Solomon Guggenheim and six months after the death of Frank Lloyd Wright. Its futuristic and stunning design instantly gathered fervent admirers. Starting in 2005 the Museum underwent extensive renovation in order to maintain and preserve the original structure in all its splendor. Since the construction of the original building several new wings have been added to house the ever growing collection.
The Guggenheim Museum has expanded worldwide with sister museums located in Venice, Bilbao, Berlin and Abu Dhabi. From a private collection of modern masterpieces the Guggenheim has developed into the heart of a thriving international network of museums. It is at the forefront of an ever evolving world where artists are constantly pushing back the boundaries that define art.
The permanent collection at the Guggenheim is a veritable retrospective of the history f modern art. With each new addition, the collection presents a unique panoramic perspective on the chameleon like nature of art. text by Patrick Dante