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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, frequently known as The Guggenheim, is an art museum situated on 1071 Fifth Avenue on East 89th Street in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, New York City. It is the museum that houses a constantly growing selection consisting of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art. It has special exhibits all through the year. The museum was created in 1939 by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation 1939 and was named The Museum for Non-Objective Art under the Director, Hilla of Rebay. The museum adopted its current name at 52, just three years following the foundation’s founder, Solomon R. Guggenheim.

The museum was established in 1959. was moved from a space rented to its present structure, a landmark architecture of the 20th century created in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. The tower’s cylindrical shape, more extensive at the top than at the bottom, was designed as the “temple of the spirit.” The unique ramp gallery extends from the ground with a continuous spiral that runs along the outside walls of the building until it reaches its close just beneath the skylight of the ceiling. The structure underwent massive expansion and remodeling in 1992 when an adjacent tower was constructed from 2005 until 2008.

The museum’s collection has grown over eight decades and is built on several important private collections, starting with Solomon R. Guggenheim. The museum is part of the sister museum located in Bilbao, Spain, and other cities. In 2013, close to 1.2 million visitors visited the museum, and it hosted the most popular exhibit in New York City.

Solomon R. Guggenheim, an heir to a prestigious mining family, was collecting the works of the older masters from the 1890s.  1926 was the first time he came across the artist Hilla von Rebay. She led him into European contemporary art. In particular, abstract art, she believed, represented a romantic and spiritual element (non-objective artwork). Guggenheim changed his collecting method, focusing on the works of Wassily Kandinsky and others. He began to show his collection to people who visited his residence at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The collection grew, and He founded the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1937 to promote appreciation for modern art.

The Museum of Non-Objective Painting

The first place for the exhibition of artwork and art, the “Museum of Non-Objective Painting,” was opened in 1939 under the guidance of Rebay in the middle of Manhattan. Under the direction of Rebay, Guggenheim sought to include the finest works of non-objective art that were available in the period of modernists of the early days like Rudolf Bauer, Rebay, Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, Robert Delaunay, Fernand Leger, Amedeo Modigliani along with Pablo Picasso.

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