Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods; and to the collection, conservation, and study of the art of our time. The Foundation has recently incorporated new challenges to its mission.
The Foundation realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications, and strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and cultural partnerships.
Currently the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation owns and operates the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue, New York City, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. The Foundation also provides programming and management for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was created in 1937 when Solomon R. Guggenheim established a foundation with the goal of opening a museum to publicly exhibit and preserve his holdings of modern art. The museum building by Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most renowned icons of 20th-century architecture.
The Guggenheim extends its reach as well through its network of international locations and alliances, through its expanding Permanent Collection, a vigorous and diverse special exhibitions calendar, and education programs.
The Guggenheim collection reflects the unique trajectory of the museum, which has lived and catalyzed the development of the arts in the 20th and 21st centuries. Its history is the history of a number of pioneering individuals with different artistic tastes, and whose holdings are now reunited. The Collection has been expanded thanks to the acquisitions made by the Guggenheim’s directors, curators, and patrons.
The result is an extraordinary global collection that reflects the rich development of the arts since the 19th century to the present day.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is among the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century.
Located in Peggy Guggenheim’s former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in Venice, the museum was inaugurated in 1980 and presents Peggy Guggenheim’s personal collection of 20th-century art—which was transferred to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1976—, masterpieces from the Gianni Mattioli Collection, the Nasher Sculpture Garden, as well as temporary exhibitions.
The Collection boasts masterpieces from Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysical Painting, European Abstraction, Surrealism, or Abstract Expressionism by some of the most extraordinary modern masters, such as Brancusi, Braque, Calder, Dalí, de Chirico, Duchamp, Ernst, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Klee, Léger, Magritte, Miró, Mondrian, Picabia, Picasso, Pollock, or Severini.
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum
The new Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum will be located in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, architect of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the 450,000-square-foot museum will house its own major modern and contemporary art collection and present special exhibitions that will include works from the Guggenheim Foundation’s extensive collection.
The museum, the largest Guggenheim in the world, will have global art, exhibitions, and education programs with particular focus on Middle Eastern contemporary art. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum joins other leading international cultural institutions in the unprecedented creation of a vibrant cultural destination for visitors from around the world.