Guggenheim Museum in New York

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the 5th Avenue holds crucial collection of the modern art. This place is worth visiting no matter you like art or not. The building is the last completed project of Frank Lloyd Wright before he died in 1959.

Guggenheim Museum in New York

Solomon R. Guggenheim ordered construction of a building for the collection of modern art in 1943. Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the famous architects in America of that time. He spent about 10 years, creating the project of the museum – the construction commenced only in 1956. By the time the building was completed, Guggenheim already passed away, but left $2 million for the construction. The Museum was opened in 1959.

Guggenheim Museum in New York

Guggenheim Museum in New York

The Museum represents an attractive structure completely without a city context. Frank Lloyd Wright was inspired by the nature. Organic spiral shape reflects the lines of the nature from the Central Part. With untraditional shape, bright white building stands out even such city as New York.

Guggenheim Museum in New York

Museum interior

Guggenheim Museum in New York

Inside the building the spiral-shape rotunda is flooded with sun light thanks to large glass dome. Wright designed the project in such way, so visitors took the lift and then started going down from 1,312 ft spiral ramp. In 1992 the museum was expanded with 9-floor annex, designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates on the basis of Frank Lloyd Wright’s blueprints.

Guggenheim Museum in New York

Some people consider the building as one of the most successful works by Frank Lloyd Wright. The key critics consisted in the fact that the shape did not meet the target. Due to its organic form, visitors go upward or downward spiral, which means that they watch art from the angle. Walls of the museum are low and sometimes affect the right display. For that Wright responded that the pictures might be cut in two. Expansion in 1992 partly solved the problem as visitors became able to leave the ramp at any floor and check rooms of the new building.

Collection in the Guggenheim

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum hosts amazing works of world-known artists like Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky and others. Pictures account for the bigger part of the collection, though sculptures and photos are also displayed. The collection was initiated by Solomon R. Guggenheim in late 1920s. In 1937 he founded The Museum of Non-Objective Painting on 54th East Street. The collection was expanded for several times. In particular, it added the series of works by Gauguin, Picasso, Van Gogh and many others artists, donated by Justin Thannhauser in 1976 and more than 200 works of American minimalistic art in 1990.
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