Celebrating the Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum

roof of Guggenheim Museum

On this day in 1959, the Guggenheim Museum opened its doors.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was founded in 1937, and its first New York–based venue for the display of art, the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, opened in 1939.  The Museum is dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of modern and contemporary art.

Today, the Guggenheim is considered a cultural center, educational institution, and the heart of an international network of fine art museums.  In 1943, renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright gained the commission to design a museum in New York City. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened on October 21, 1959, and this year it celebrates SIXTY years as an architectural icon and “temple of spirit” where radical art and architecture meet.

Another in the collection, is the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Located in Venice’s Grand Canal, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is considered one of Europe’s premier modern art museums.  The heart of this collection consists of the works that Peggy personally collected throughout her lifetime.  In 1980, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection was opened under the direction of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, expanding the reach of the original New York museum.

The Guggenheim added museums in Abu Dhabi and Bilbao.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we celebrate the Guggenheim museum and its affiliates on the anniversary of its opening. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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