Fodor's Expert Review Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side, New York City, New York, USA

Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark curving, nautiluslike museum building is renowned as much for its famous architecture as for its superlative collection of art and well-curated shows. Opened in 1959, shortly after Wright's death, the Guggenheim is acclaimed as one of the greatest buildings of the 20th century. Inside, under a 96-foot-high glass dome, a ramp spirals down, past the artworks of the current exhibits (the ramp is just over a quarter-mile long). The museum has strong holdings of Wassily Kandinsky (150 works), Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Wright's design was criticized by some who believed that the distinctive building detracted from the art, but the design allows artworks to be viewed from different angles and distances. On permanent display, the museum's Thannhauser Collection is made up primarily of works by French impressionists and postimpressionists Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne, Renoir, and Manet. The museum is pay-what-you-wish... READ MORE

Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark curving, nautiluslike museum building is renowned as much for its famous architecture as for its superlative collection of art and well-curated shows. Opened in 1959, shortly after Wright's death, the Guggenheim is acclaimed as one of the greatest buildings of the 20th century. Inside, under a 96-foot-high glass dome, a ramp spirals down, past the artworks of the current exhibits (the ramp is just over a quarter-mile long). The museum has strong holdings of Wassily Kandinsky (150 works), Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Wright's design was criticized by some who believed that the distinctive building detracted from the art, but the design allows artworks to be viewed from different angles and distances. On permanent display, the museum's Thannhauser Collection is made up primarily of works by French impressionists and postimpressionists Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne, Renoir, and Manet. The museum is pay-what-you-wish on Saturday evening from 5 to 8. Lines can be long, so arrive early. The last tickets are handed out at 7:15. The museum also has a (pricey) modern American restaurant, the Wright (at 88th Street), with a stunning design by Andre Kikoski. Escape the crowded lobby by taking the elevator to the top and working your way down the spiral.

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1071 5th Ave.
New York, New York  10128, USA

212-423–3840

www.guggenheim.org

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