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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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1071 5th Avenue New York, NY 10128
212-423-3500 guggenheim.org/

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, located near Central Park, houses one of the world’s finest collections of modern art, including work by Picasso, Pollock, and Kandinsky. The spiral-shaped building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a masterpiece unto itself.

The museum was founded in 1937, and its first New York–based venue for the display of art, the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, opened in 1939. With its exhibitions of Solomon Guggenheim’s somewhat eccentric art collection, the unusual gallery—designed by William Muschenheim at the behest of Hilla Rebay, the foundation’s curator and the museum’s director—provided many visitors with their first encounter with great works by Vasily Kandinsky, as well as works by his followers, including Rudolf Bauer, Alice Mason, Otto Nebel, and Rolph Scarlett. The need for a permanent building to house Guggenheim’s art collection became evident in the early 1940s, and in 1943 renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright gained the commission to design a museum in New York City. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened on October 21, 1959.

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Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future

January 31 - April 23
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Avenue New York, NY 10128 + Google Map

Before there was Vasily Kadinsky and Piet Mondrian, there was Hilma af Klint. The revolutionary Swede and abstract artist pioneered the form starting in 1906 using bold colors and jarring shapes that disconnected her brazen imagery from real-world references. She insisted that the public was unable to accept her vision, which is why her extensive collection flew under the radar until 1986, more than 40 years after her death. Since then, her technique has garnered critical acclaim the world over.…

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Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now

March 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue New York, NY 10128 + Google Map

Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now will show the groundbreaking work of gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The prolific artist captured the images of famous folks like his friend Patti Smith, as well as striking self-portraits and images of the S&M scene that drew controversy during Mapplethorpe’s lifetime. This exhibition will also showcase artists who succeeded Robert Mapplethorpe, portraying self and/or the body with similar frankness and beauty. These artists will include Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Lyle Ashton Harris, Glenn Ligon, Catherine Opie, and Paul…

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