Guggenheim Museum, New York City

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1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street) (212) 423-3500

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    Worth visiting for the building alone

    by toonsarah Written Nov 13, 2008

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    More properly known as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, this is one of the most famous, and most distinctive, of the buildings designed by the great Frank Lloyd Wright. I’m a huge admirer of his work, so this was high on my list of “must sees”, having missed it on our previous visit to New York. And I wasn’t disappointed – this is a stunning building. For one thing, it is a perfect example of an innovative form matching perfectly to the function of the building. Wright adopted this spiral shape to allow the visitor to the museum to make their way smoothly through the gallery without having to retrace their steps at any point unless they wish to. On each turn of the spiral you find yourself back at the lift shaft, should you wish to cut your visit short or return to a favourite point.

    The museum shows a changing series of exhibitions of modern art in this main rotunda building, with a small permanent collection of works collected by Samuel R. Guggenheim himself and by Justin K. Thannhauser who left a portion of his significant collection to the gallery. When we were there in September 2008 there was an exhibition of installations by Louise Bourgeois. We would probably have enjoyed this as we’re both keen on modern art, but at $17 per person it didn’t feel like something you should rush round and we had other priorities for our one week in the city. Besides, my main interest was in the architecture, and I was very pleased to discover that we didn’t need to pay to go into the central atrium where we could get a really good look at the internal design and watch from below how people were making use of and enjoying the space. Please do look at my additional photos to see this amazing space - it really is a wonderful subject for photography.

    The museum is open Saturday-Wednesday from 10.00 AM to 5.45 PM, Friday from 10.00 AM to 7.45 PM, and is closed on Thursdays.

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    Real pretty lookin'

    by sue_stone Updated Sep 25, 2004

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    My husband was desperate to get to the Guggenheim Museum. Not because he is a big art fan, but because he is into architecture and design - and the Guggenheim building is fabulous to look at.

    After a walk through Central Park, we popped out onto 5th Avenue and walked up to check out the museum.

    Just look at it - you can't help but be impressed by this unique building.

    Worth a look even if you just take some photos of the outside like we did, though I hear the art inside is pretty spectacular too!!

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    A piece of art.

    by Dutchnatasja Updated Oct 15, 2004

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    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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    Modern indeed

    by Mahieu Written Nov 17, 2004

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    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.

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    by geanster Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Guggenheim was easily my favorite of the New York Museums we hit. While I was there, they had up a show called Moving Pictures. There was alot of video art and my favorite exhibit was this little 8 inch tall hologram of an old woman sitting in a rocking chair telling a story. It was in this dark corner and was just magical. Very hip and easily viewable. I didn't feel like I was missing everything as I did at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Also, the amazing architectural design was done by none other than Frank Lloyd Wright. Another reason in itself to visit.

    As a side note, you can also buy a city pass there for a discounted price that includes the Circle Line Cruises, Empire State Building, the other museums and a few other Tourist spots.

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    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    by madamx Updated Oct 29, 2005

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    Frank Lloyd Wright's only New York building, the Guggenheim was completed in 1959, after Wright's death. The spiral building has become a New York City landmark, and consists of 6 floors, plus a tower of permanent galleries located to the rear of the building.

    The collection at the Guggenheim has been criticized in the past as being mediocre, but it is worthwhile to go inside for a quick look and to experience the building. The museum store does have a nice collection of items, with some inexpensive distinctive New York souveniers, such as the Guggenheim-shaped mugs.

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    by mrclay2000 Written Apr 11, 2005

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    distinct but controversial, Wright's Guggenheim

    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.

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    UAU!

    by pginer Written Mar 27, 2004

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    UAU! you will say when you enter into the building of the Guggenheim Museum.
    And I would like o see your face watching at the works of art in the Museum. At least you would like to see my face .... I do not understand some of them ... may be I am not that modern ...

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    Another load of rubbish....

    by Suet Written Feb 24, 2005

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    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!

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    by roamer61 Written Sep 29, 2005

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    This famous museum housed and named after the Solomon Guggenheim is home to one of the largest collections of Modern Art in the USA. The building itself is a work of art. It was designed by architect and developer, Frank Lloyd Wright. Inside, one can see art from the 20th Century encompassing all the styles from Surrealism to Pop Art. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and Joan Miro are all well represented.

    Photographs are not allowed inside the exhibit halls. Like many museums, the Guggenheim hosts various special exhibitions. Check website for details. Current admissions price is $15.00 USD.

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    A masterpiece of the greatest American architect

    by csordila Updated Feb 14, 2010

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    There are buildings, which attract thousands of visitors not merely by their values which can be found in them, but rather because of their astonishing, amazing exterior.

    One of them is the most special building of New York, the building of the Guggenheim Museum looking out on Central Park.
    The American master, Frank Lloyd Wright gives the visitors not a daily architectural experience.
    Curved lines border it, inside a spiral ramp curling around the central atrium defines the route of the visit. Entering the seashell we may be ready for a journey moving downwards.
    The museum lacks the traditional exhibitor walls, they are replaced by a single continuous curved wall.
    The building also has a huge glass dome, which is pouring plenty of light into this round museum, which hosts a very beautiful, modern artistic collection.

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    by MM212 Updated Oct 24, 2009

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    One of New York's best contemporary art museums, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is also one of its most incredible structures. The museum was inaugurated in 1959 in this UFO-like structure, designed by the renowned American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. While the exterior itself is a masterpiece, numerous masterpieces by Impressionist, Post-impressionist and contemporary artists are exhibited inside. These include Picasso, Manet, Renoir and Cézanne, to name only a few.

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    I know Frank Llyod Wright made it, but look inside

    by chodearm Updated Aug 23, 2004

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    People come to gawk at the weddingcake exterior but only half those onlookers make it within. Those shows are kind of hit or miss here, for the design of the exhibition space can only work with certain shows. For example the Brasil art show (pictured) only thing that impressed was the huge alter penetrating the centers airspace, other than that the show lacked togetherness. One of the best shows I ever saw was here, the Robert Rauschenburg show comes to the tip of my memory often.
    The thing to do, and least tiring is take the elevator to the top floor and walk a slight incline all the way to the bottom. Thats whats crazy about the design you spiral throughout the structure and never feel the floor change, and all the sudden you are at the 3rd floor, unknowingly.

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    nice building boring collection

    by mindcrime Updated Jul 31, 2008

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    Maybe my great expectations about it are responsible but the truth is that I was disappointed with my visit to Guggenheim museum. The building is a piece of art on its own though because the main part has an unusual shape. It was built by Frank Wright in 1937.

    I liked the Kandinsky collection but I got bored very fast even though the free audio guide was very useful with some weird items :) You will also find some items from Chagall, Picasso but I said before MOMA is the best museum for modern art in NY. A lot of people seemed to enjoy the way you view the items at Guggenheim. From ground lever you walk up on a spiral platform till the top and many artifacts are on display around (usually on the walls). There are also some separate rooms on each floor with some of them closed though. No photos allowed inside.

    The entrance fee is $18 but hopefully I didn’t have to pay anything using my CityPass. Most of the museums in NY are closed on Mondays but this one is closed on Thursdays. The souvenir store was also small and boring…

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    by apbeaches Written Dec 9, 2008

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    The spiral design of the Guggenheim recalls a nautilus shell, with continuous spaces flowing freely one into another. In June 1943, Frank Lloyd Wright received a letter from Hilla Rebay, the art advisor to Solomon R. Guggenheim, asking the architect to design a new building to house Guggenheim's Painting Museum. Both Guggenheim and Wright would die before the building's 1959 completion.

    We take the elevator to the top of the building by elevator, and follow the exhibits downward on the slope of a continuous ramp. The galleries are divided like the membranes in citrus fruit, with self-contained yet interdependent sections. The open rotunda views varied bays of art on different levels simultaneously.

    The permanent collection at the Guggenheim presents a variety of private collections from the 20th to the present. We've seen some memorable & special exhibits at the Guggenheim. The small gift shop and cafe on the first floor are limited and a bit pricey.

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