This is a truly remarkable museum. I mean to start with the building itself is veery impressive, very pretty in a strange kind of way. Inside the galleries are all accessed from a spiral ramp that leads to the top of the building.
You will also be able to see works by Pissasrro, Robet Gober, Monet, Picasso, Renoir, van Gogh, Andy Warhol among many others.
The Eye of The Storm by Daniel Buren was on display when we visited. I quite liked the whole thing, very colourful and pleasing to the eye. I am not sure how else to describe it. It finishes on the 8th june 2005.
I urge you to visit, especially if your outdoor activities are spoiled by rain. After all it was only beacuse it was raining that we visited, and I am glad we did :)
The musueum opens at 10am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The museum is closed on Thursdays. It closes at 5:45pm, except on Fridays when it closes at 8pm.
Cost is currently $15 for an adult, $10 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are free as are members. To become a member it will cost from $50 or $65 international. see http://www.guggenheim.org/membership/levels_benefits.shtml
But the museum is part of the city pass scheme ($53 for Guggenheim Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Circle Line Sight Seeing Cruises, Empire State Building, Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, Museum of Modern Art)
Also on the "Museum Mile" like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim is one instance where the building itself is supposed to be as artistic and aesthetic as the collection itself. To my mind the exterior is somewhat comical. All the seams of the long ramp as viewed from outside are readily apparent. (The winding staircase at the Vatican Museum in Rome is far better). The interior however (though cramped for showings and storage, proving that Frank Lloyd Wright had little in mind but his own vision) houses a great collection of impressionist and modernist paintings, the latter including works by Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. Recently the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (whose work I generally admire) gave the Guggenheim a substantial gift of his works.
The Guggenheim Museum, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is known for its spiral structure and unique museum experience. Displays of modern paintings, sculpture and film rotate throughout the year at the Guggenheim Museum
Commissioned by Soloman R at the urging of his longtime friend, Baroness Hilla Rebay von Ehrenwiesen, though the incredibly wealthy metal-mining magnate died ten years before it was completed in 1959. Take the elevator up and slowly make your way down the circular ramp. Although exhibitions change often, they are likely to include works by Renoir, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Kandinsky and Picasso.
Went to the Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue NY NY 10128 0173 tel 212 423 3500 www.guggenheim.org which was a load of rubbish… you can keep Modern Art…. If I wanted to look at piles of sand lit up with violet lights, I would have made my own pile at home….
The most unbelievable exhibit was a canvas of flies.... yes dead flies.... not my idea of art at all!
Established over 60 years ago by philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim and artist-advisor Hilla Rebay this museum was originally known as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting. It was in 1943 that Frank Lloyd Wright, the great American Architect, was called in to design the Museum's newest location. It took 13 years and $2 million to build this architectural wonder.
This beautiful building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright . The museums owns Peggy Guggenheims trove of Cubist, Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist works, and the Panza di Biumo collection of American Minimalist and Conceptual art for the 1960's and 1970's. It also contains works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Degas and Manet. In addition to paintings, more than 200 works of photography by Robert Mapplethorpe are on display. The Guggenheim Foundation is responsible for launching the photography collection of today. The tenth story houses the sculpture gallery and a café with views of Central Park.
Praised as a masterpiece by one of our times' leading architects (Frank Lloyd-Wright) - this is indeed a strange-looking building. As you ascend through the floors in a spiral path that takes you to the top you are exposed to art on the walls, but also in the main hall, that may be seen throughout the way to the top!
It was my second visit at the Gugenheim. The first time, I saw a great exhibition about Brasil. This time, a great one on Aztec. The building in itself is quite impressive. And, after 2 visits, I have the feeling they know the way to gather great pieces !
On the right side of the picture, an aztec warrior with an eagle costume. On the left side, Mictlantecuhtli. It's the god of the underworld.
The Guggenheim museum was on my must-see-list during my trip. Unfortunately, there were quite some renovation works going on during my visit. The museum was still opened, but a big part of the collection couldn't be seen. I tried to make the best ot it and the things I've seen, were the things I expected to see: modern art in a modern, beautiful interior. The exterior part of the building is very special as well, allthough I find it rather ugly.
The building itself is a work of art. If you only get a chance to pop inside and view the rotunda, do it. It's quite impressive. The Guggenheim is probably more known for its Frank Lloyd Wright building design than the art inside it. Nevertheless, the museum has acquired an impressive collection of sculpture, painting and multimedia works over the years.
We visited the Guggenheim museum in December 2003. We saw the exhibition of James Rosenquist, “a Retrospective”. James Rosenquist: A Retrospective presents the artist's enduring interest in and mastery of texture, color, line, and shape that continues to dazzle audiences and influence younger generations of artists.
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