For my second presentation, I talked about the Guggenheim Foundation. There are many interesting stories regarding the various collections of the Guggenheim museums, I will share a few, but it is a rich topic to discuss. There are FIVE Guggenheim museums placed throughout the world, in New York, Bilboa, Venice, Berlin, and the not-yet-open Abu Dhabi Collections. I find it fascinating the different architectural styles that have been employed in the designs of these museums:
When the NYC Guggenheim (modern and contemporary art) was first planned, many artists objected to the building. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed a winding staircase as a main part of the fantastic interior –this had short pathways, and little room for natural light. Many artists signed a petition refusing their work to be shown in these conditions. Ultimately (obviously) FLW won out, but interesting none the less.
My personal favorite, is Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. It’s structure, comprised of titanium, glass, and limestone, is recognized as one of the most important architectural designs in existence.
The newest museum, not yet operating, is off the coast of Abu Dhabi, on an island called Saadiyat. It is another design of Frank Gehry, and is expected to open in 2010. It is the largest Guggenheim in the world, will have global art, exhibitions, and education programs with particular focus on Middle Eastern contemporary art.
The other museums –the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and the Deutsche Guggenheim are smaller museums. Follow the links to check them out.
The Guggenheim collections are impressive, and vast. They house some of the most important works in existence, as well as being some of the most important works in existence.