The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is a nationally recognized landmark and one of the 20th century’s most significant and unusual architectural structures. Whether the museum’s contents are as impressive as the exterior remains to be decided by the individual visitor, but it is certain that you will not leave this building without feeling a new-found sense of awe and respect for the great artists whose priceless masterpieces are housed within.
Calder, Chagall, Kandinsky, Klee, Picasso and van Gogh are all here on permanent display. The Guggenheim’s astonishing galleries are home to the works of Cézanne, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Picasso, Pissarro, and Renoir. From Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, to sculpture and the Avante Gardes, this museum truly has it all and is an art-lover’s paradise.
Take in the magnificent colors and textures that make up the permanent collections of Guggenheim, such as Peggy Guggenheim, The Thannhauser Collection, The Karl Nierendorf Estate, The Bohen Foundation Gift, the Panza Collection, and others. Visit such special temporary collections as “The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from 1910-1918”, which teaches lessons about history and social psychology in its display of the art that emerged preceding The Great War. “The Deutsche Bank Series: Found in Collection”, another special exhibit, is a multi-media study of the artistic relevance of language and translation and is fascinating even for those who don’t claim to have a love of art.
The Guggenheim is a truly international art house, and while New York is certainly its masthead, the museum also holds collections in Venice, Bilbao, Berlin and Abu Dhabi, allowing the museum a global flavor and keeping it totally relevant and unrivalled in the art world.
The Guggenheim Museum is unique in that it does not subscribe to standard museum layout, which arranges artwork by genre, instead opting to display the art holistically and in a way that does historical justice to the individual pieces and the collection as a whole. Anyone with even a remote interest in art would be remiss to skip this world-famous art institution. You don’t have to travel to Paris to see the works of the great masters—they are right here on display in the cultural hub of the United States, and a visit to the Guggenheim is the perfect opportunity to spend a day reveling in their splendor.
Due to an exhibit change, January 12th-February 9th, many galleries will be closed to the public, including the museums main rotunda. Admission rates will be reduced during this time. Smart Destinations advises choosing another attraction or visiting the museum after February 9th.
A few times throughout the year, the Guggenheim Museum welcomes new exhibits and must close certain areas to the general public for installation. The amount of artwork on display is diminished during these times.
Also, children under 12 receive free general admission with a paying adult. Therefore, child cards do not need to be scanned for entry. Saturday, from 5:45 pm–7:45 pm is “Pay What You Wish” and is a busy time for the museum with a long wait time. Please plan accordingly.