Upon first glance, the most striking thing about the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is the architecture of its building. The building is cylindrical and shell-like. Famed sculptor Frank Lloyd Wright originally designed it. In fact, it was the last work produced by Wright before his death.
Construction of the museum stalled especially after Guggenheim’s death. Although Wright received the request to build the Guggenheim in 1943, it was not until 1959 that he completed its construction.
The museum’s interior winds in the now famous circular pattern. Visitors and tourists who stroll through walk on an incline up to each floor. When visitors look up toward the ceiling, they see a skylight that provides natural sunlight.
The museum has multiple collections and volumes of artwork dispersed internationally across its sister locations. Originally, the museum only housed Guggenheim’s private collection of more than 600 unique artworks. However, the collections expanded substantially.
Over the years, the institution has received such immense recognition that some have begun to describe the Guggenheim as “a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums.”
This landmark also stands out with its “commitment to innovation.” Most of its collection consists of contemporary art reflecting a variety of cultures. However, the museum also hosts many live events throughout the year, including performances and discussion panels. Those who visit the museum are able to bask in the presence of artistic beauty and the creative spirit. The Guggenheim has featured artists such as Jackson Pollock, Constantin Brancusi, and Maurizio Cattelan.
The Guggenheim is located on 89th Street along 5th Avenue and is part of Museum Mile, along with other legendary institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Though it is a popular tourist attraction, the Guggenheim also attracts native New Yorkers because of its fascinating and rare collections.
Art and Sculpture
Upper East Side
1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128
Travel to the museum on the 4, 5, or 6 subway lines, or the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus lines on Madison or 5th avenue. Most double Decker lines stop near there as well.
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