The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – New York

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

New York – 24 August 2016

I spent more than two weeks this year in New York. I visited The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. A dream come true to be there. The building is unique, a collection is amazing. In addition, I could see the exhibition of the Hungarian-born László Moholy-Nagy. I show here some pictures of my visit. Enjoy 🙂

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Architecture

In 1943, Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design a building to house the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, which had been established by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1939. In a letter dated June 1, 1943, Hilla Rebay, the curator of the foundation and director of the museum, instructed Wright, “I want a temple of spirit, a monument!” See more here (click!)

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT • ESTABLISHED IN 1939 • BUILT IN 1959

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Moholy-Nagy: Future Present

Exhibition | MAY 27–SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

László Moholy-Nagy (b. 1895, Borsód, Austria-Hungary; d. 1946, Chicago) believed in the potential of art as a vehicle for social transformation, working hand in hand with technology for the betterment of humanity. A restless innovator, Moholy-Nagy experimented with a wide variety of mediums, moving fluidly between the fine and applied arts in pursuit of his quest to illuminate the interrelatedness of life, art, and technology. An artist, educator, and writer who defied categorization, he expressed his theories in numerous influential writings that continue to inspire artists and designers today. Walter Gropius invited him to join the faculty at the Bauhaus school of art and design, where Moholy-Nagy taught in Weimar and Dessau in the 1920s. In 1937, he was appointed to head the New Bauhaus in Chicago; he later opened his own School of Design there (subsequently renamed the Institute of Design), which today is part of the Illinois Institute of Technology. See more here (click!)

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Moholy-Nagy | Room Of The Present 1930/2009

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László Moholy-Nagy (born Hungary, 1895–1946) | Kestner Portfolio 6, 1923
Six lithographs, edition 50 – MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Guggenheim Collection

APRIL 29, 2016–FEBRUARY 1, 2017

In gallery space newly devoted to the permanent collection, the Guggenheim is showcasing its rich holdings of early modernism. Featuring works by such artists as Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Joan Miró, and Piet Mondrian, this inaugural selection illustrates many of the radical approaches to art-making that developed across Europe and Russia in the second decade of the 20th century. The works on view show artists exploring the possibilities of abstraction and making some of the first forays into nonobjective painting. In doing so, these artists would leave a resounding impact on the course of modern art. These new approaches would also come to shape the ethos of Solomon R. Guggenheim’s collection; many of the works included in the gallery were acquired for the museum by its founder. Part of the core of the museum’s holdings, the selection on view offers a snapshot of this pivotal period and the many innovations that came out of it. See more here (click!)

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Constantin Brâncuși (1876-1957) | Muse [La muse] 1912
Marble on oak base (1920) – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

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Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964) Médrano II 1913–1914
Painted tin, wood, glass, and painted oilcloth 126.6 x 51.5 x 31.7 cm
| Carrousel Pierrot 1913 – Painted plaster 61 x 48.6 x 34 cm

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Aristide Maillol (1861-1944) | Pomona with Powered Arm 1937

Bronze, 167 x 55.8 x 40.6 cm

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Frank Lloyd Wright (left), Solomon R. Guggenheim (right) and Baroness Hilla Rebay with model of Guggenheim Museum 1945

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