Over the centuries there have been grand families that have contributed to the arts. These families use their vast fortunes to purchase and share with the public the great artists through the ages. Without their patronage of the arts, many of us would never have the ability to gaze upon such great works. One of the families that have brought many artists to the public eye are the Guggenheims. The Guggenheim in NYC is not only known for its amazing collection, but also the building that it is housed in. William Bailey Travel invites you to come with us and find out more about this great museum.
Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Guggenheim has a vast permanent collection that features Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern art as well as contemporary art. The collections are astounding, and the museum was founded by Solomon R. Guggenheim in 1939 as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting. It is often fondly just referred to as the Guggenheim.
What the Guggenheim is most noted for is the actual structure that the art collection is housed in. A piece of art all on its own, it was designed by famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. At its conception and building it was and still is considered one of the most architectural landmarks of the 20th century. The inspiration of the structure is the temple of the spirit. Of course with anyone that thinks far outside the box, the building came under much criticism, and many say that it looks like a giant snail. That was Wright though; he liked to bend our way of viewing things.
Upon its original opening, there were many that said the building far outshone the collection it was housing. Many artists disagreed with having their art displayed there, as they thought that the structure couldn’t properly display the pieces. There were actually 21 artists that protested their work being displayed. Of course with the passage of time, the building and the art on display had been embraced and held in high esteem. Today you can take in the stunning architecture of one of the American greats and gaze upon some of the most cutting edge of paintings from the 19th century until now for a mere $25 a person, with discounts for seniors and students. Children 12 and under are free.
Next time you are in NYC, add the Guggenheim to the list of your must see museums. It incorporates artistry from the inside and out, much like the purpose of the structure, to embody the spirit. That is what great art does; it touches your spirit and makes you think outside of the box. Luckily we have had the benefaction of great families like the Guggenheims to bring art to the masses.