In 1937, Solomon R. Guggenheim established a museum to exhibit and preserve his holdings of nonobjective art. Subsequent bequests increased the collection, to include abstract and Surrealist painting and sculpture, Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early modern masterpieces; and vast holdings of European and American Minimalist, Post-Minimalist, Environmental, and Conceptual art.
The collection today is a layered, international collection dating from the late 19th-century to the present. One gift - masterpieces by Cézanne, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Picasso, Pissarro, Renoir, and Van Gogh -- is on view in a dedicated gallery.
In 1943, Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design a building to house the museum ... resulting in an iconic, ramped, inverted ziggurat.
Whether you go or not, The Guggenheim Collection (2007) is a comprehensive presentation of masterworks from the Guggenheim's extended holdings. It provides insight into Modern and Contemporary art movements--from Impressionism to Cubism, Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism, Pop art and Minimalism to the most recent developments--and the distinctive features of the collection. The selection emphasizes the Guggenheim's ongoing commitment to acquiring the work of particular artists in depth, including Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra and Matthew Barney, among many others.
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