Arts & Culture: The Guggenheim collection of artwork began humbly in the Plaza Hotel apartment of Solomon R. Guggenheim in the early 1930s. With the help of Ms. Hilla Rebay, an artist and theorist, Mr. Guggenheim amassed a collection of artwork from Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Marc Chagall. The collection was known as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection of Non-Objective Paintings. Ms. Rebay, who became Mr. Guggenheim's assistant, arranged for the collection to be loaned out to various museums up and down the East Coast.
The collection grew into the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, which opened its doors in 1939. In 1950 the museum was relocated to Fifth Avenue into a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that many view as a three-dimensional tribute to geometry and the creativity of its ingenious builder. It is a vision to behold with its grandiose deployment of arcs, circles, ovals, spheres, and triangle. In 1952 the museum was renamed as a tribute to its founder, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. It is casually referred to as the Guggenheim Museum.
Today the Guggenheim Museum has locations in Venice, Berlin, Bilbao, and Las Vegas. True to its roots, the Guggenheims remain diverse galleries that are rich with modern and contemporary pieces. The venerable
institution offers various exhibitions and educational programs worldwide along with an online collection and its online store. The acclaimed Peggy Guggenheim Collection is an ongoing exhibition in Venice.
The Guggenheim offers ongoing exhibitions as well as special presentations, such as Jackson Pollock's
Painting on Paper and the artistry of world-renowned architect Ms Zaha Hadid. The NYC museum's First Fridays and Works and Progress programs are innovative modes of reaching out and introducing culturally upgrading events to newer, hipper audiences. First Fridays is an evening affair complete with music and an open cash bar. There is a $20 cover fee for non-members. Each of the Guggenheim's five locations uniquely recruits patrons of music, dance, opera, literature, and theater offers its own. Free admission to such events is available by purchasing a membership to the museum. Corporate affairs also can be held at the various sites. The New York location is currently being restored yet remains open to the public. The extensive project is expected to run through the end of 2007.
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