Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Popularly known as the Guggenheim, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum showcases modern and contemporary art in a world-famous architectural wonder designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Situated at 1071 Fifth Avenue at the corner of East 89th Street in Manhattan, New York City, the Guggenheim is frequented by those who are captivated by the 20th-century European modern masters’ stories. Apart from the 6,000 resident works of the museums that tell the history of the world from various angles, the museum exhibits a huge collection of pieces loaned from partner institutions.

2019 marked 60 years since the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened its doors in appreciation of architecture and radical art.

Huang Yong Ping – Theater of the World, 1987:1993 feat

Huang Yong Ping’s controversial Theater of the World

Huang Yong Ping was a contemporary artist, born and raised in Xiamen, China. In the last decades, he has created numerous contentious and confrontational artworks. Huang is known as one of the most influential Chinese contemporary artists. His artworks include sculptures, installations, and paintings. He was an icon in the art world because of his …

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Maurizio Cattelan - Novecento (1990), 1997, installation view, Victory is Not an Option, Blenheim Palace, 2019 feat

These are all of Maurizio Cattelan’s Horse sculptures

Horses have been used in art as a symbol of power for centuries. Perhaps one of the most talked-about examples of the past decades is Maurizio Cattelan horse sculptures series. The series comprises taxidermied horses with their heads stuck on the wall or hanging from the ceiling. Many critics, including audiences, took great umbrage on …

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This was Cai Guo-Qiang’s impressive installation Inopportune at the Guggenheim

Cai Guo-Qiang has been making art since 1985. However, the installation piece that he is perhaps most well known for, or at least helped to propel him to global fame, was his brief but impressive exploding rainbow of fireworks over the East River in 2002. This piece, which was created to commemorate MoMA’s opening in …

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Do Rineke Dijkstra’s Beach Portraits stand the test of time?

Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra utilizes photography in a way that many other contemporary artists do not. Not only do her photographs take on certain characteristics of paintings, but the subjects included appear to be a lot more present and unmediated in accurate and uncontaminated detail. Rineke Dijkstra was born in 1959 in the Netherlands, where …

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Why did Nam June Paik create his TV garden?

No one would think televisions are artistic under normal circumstances. Handy, yes. Useful, quite so. Nam June Paik, however, managed to put television sets in circumstances where he reveals their artistry. The celebrated artist is regarded as the father of video art and has manipulated television sets, broadcasted live performances and video installations to depict …

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Cai Guo-Qiang’s Head On – 99 wolves crash into a glass wall

Berlin, Singapore, New York, Bilbao’s Guggenheim, and Brisbane are just a few of the locations in the world that have had the pleasure of experiencing Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation Head On (2006). For his dramatic and impressive installation, Cai, who resides in New York, chose to fit 99 life-like stuffed wolves into a glass wall. The …

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Banned: Sun Yuan & Peng Yu’s controversial dogs video

The video work titled Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other has only recently been removed from Guggenheim Museum’s exhibition series known as Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World. The video series has been met with disapproval and disparagement not only by some art critics but animal lovers and welfare organizations as well. …

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Doug Wheeler’s Synthetic Desert at Guggenheim – 46 years in the making

Over 40 years ago, a leading Light and Space artist called Doug Wheeler imagined an art project that resembled the tranquility you would experience if you travelled to an expansive desert such as the one in Arizona. For a long time, the idea only existed on paper due to the amount of resources it required …

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Joan Miró’s most impressive ceramics & murals

Throughout his career, Joan Miró created numerous notable artworks that earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He was never the one to play by the book and by rubbing shoulders with the most famous creatives of his generation; Miró was open to the influence of any works of art, movement, manifestos, and schools. Nevertheless, his work …

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