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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


While technically the museum had its beginnings as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting in 1939, the official Solomon R. Guggenheim opened in 1959, and contains one of the most impressive and comprehensive collections of Modern art, spanning mid-19th-century Realism to Postmodern sculpture and installation. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is now one of the wealthiest museums devoted to Modern art in the world. Its parent organization, the Guggenheim Foundation, is today a global network of museums that includes world-class facilities in Berlin and Venice.

Founding principles

At the behest of the museum's founding director, Hilla von Rebay, the focal point of Guggenheim's museum would be to exclusively house non-objective (abstract) paintings (hence the museum's original name), but subsequent museum directors went on to collect representational art.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as a Modernist cathedral for all forms of 19th- and 20th-century art, no matter the medium or mode of representation.


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