Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue

The Guggenheim holds a unique place in the history of New York City's museums. Established some sixty years ago by philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim and artist-advisor Hilla Rebay, it first assumed temporary residence in a former automobile showro... more

The Guggenheim holds a unique place in the history of New York City's museums. Established some sixty years ago by philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim and artist-advisor Hilla Rebay, it first assumed temporary residence in a former automobile showroom on East 54th Street in New York. The "Museum of Non-Objective Painting," as it was then known, took as its basis the radical new forms of art being developed by such artists as Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian. The insistence of its founders on a wholly new kind of art seen in a wholly new kind of space set the Guggenheim on its path. Throughout its history, it has stood as a groundbreaking institution geared as much toward the promise of the future as the preservation of the past. The belief in preservation was furthered by a recent extensive restoration of the museum’s exterior, which as of 2008 is now nearly complete. The innovative cylindrical building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has suffered cracks in its concrete surface since the museum opened in 1959. In 2005, twelve layers of paint were removed in order to repair and restore the building’s unique structure. The museum remained open throughout the proces... more

The Guggenheim holds a unique place in the history of New York City's museums. Established some sixty years ago by philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim and artist-advisor Hilla Rebay, it first assumed temporary residence in a former automobile showroom on East 54th Street in New York. The "Museum of Non-Objective Painting," as it was then known, took as its basis the radical new forms of art being developed by such artists as Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian. The insistence of its founders on a wholly new kind of art seen in a wholly new kind of space set the Guggenheim on its path.

Throughout its history, it has stood as a groundbreaking institution geared as much toward the promise of the future as the preservation of the past. The belief in preservation was furthered by a recent extensive restoration of the museum’s exterior, which as of 2008 is now nearly complete. The innovative cylindrical building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has suffered cracks in its concrete surface since the museum opened in 1959. In 2005, twelve layers of paint were removed in order to repair and restore the building’s unique structure. The museum remained open throughout the process as visitors passed under scaffolding to enter the building.

The first permanent home for the museum, as mentioned, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. He envisioned a building that not only broke the rectilinear grid of Manhattan but also shattered existing notions of what a museum could be. He conceived of its curving, continuous space as a "temple of spirit" where viewers could foster a new way of looking. Named the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in honor of its founder, the building opened in 1959, drawing huge crowds and stirring considerable controversy. It has never lost its power to excite and provoke, standing today as one of the great works of architecture produced in the twentieth century.

The museum entered a new era after the naming of Richard Armstrong as director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in late 2008. As director, Mr. Armstrong has a pivotal role in overseeing all aspects of the museums including acquisitions, development, conservation and scholarship.

While the Guggenheim Museum in New York is the Foundation’s flagship museum, there are also several other global branches of the Guggenheim network which include The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain and The Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum is scheduled to open in 2013.


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1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
(212) 423-3500
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$25 - Adults
$18 - Seniors, Students
Children under 12: Free
Members: Free

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Sun–Wed, Fri: 10:00am–5:45pm
Sat: 10:00am-7:45pm
Closed Thursdays

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day,

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Rotunda Holiday Concert

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
presents the annual
Rotunda Holiday Concert
Sunday and Monday, December 16-17, 2018

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents the annual Holiday Concert in the rotunda of the Guggenheim on December 16-17, 2018 at 7pm.
 
Celebrat... [ + ]e the season with the joyous sounds of holiday music and a new Works & Process commission by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, inspired by the Guggenheim's exhibition Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future. George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble in what has become a beloved annual tradition in the museum's iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda. The evening includes traditional carols for all to sing.
 
Video Preview - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I9Iw3vti2g
 
TICKETS & VENUE
FLOOR SEATING: $45, $40 Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members.
RAMP STANDING: $25, $20 Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members.
Box Office (212) 423-3575 or worksandprocess.org
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
The museum will close at 5:45pm and reopen at 6:45pm for the concert.
 
DINING
The Wright restaurant will be open for dinner before both performances. To make reservations, visit https://www.opentable.com/the-wright.
 
ON VIEW
The Guggenheim's exhibition Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future will be on view for all to see. 
 
Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by The Florence Gould Foundation, The Christian Humann Foundation, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

12/16/2018 07:00 PM
Sun, December 16
7:00PM
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$25 - Adults
$18 - Seniors, Students
Children under 12: Free
Members: Free
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