If you’re traveling to New York and you have time, don’t miss out on the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. There is always an interesting exhibition and the architecture of the building is unique.
After living in New York for over a year and having visited the main museums in the city, I had yet to visit the Guggenheim Museum. Many years ago I visited the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The first time was a school trip and the second was a few years later with a friend. I can wholeheartedly say, I loved it (I still treasure the photo of Puppy). The Guggenheim Museum in NYC is located on 5th Avenue just opposite Central Park and in the middle of the Upper East Side. The Guggenheim, no stranger to controversy, is architecturally very different from the neighboring buildings. The Guggenheim Museum exudes modernity with its curved lines and is in sharp contrast to the classic style of the Upper East Side houses.
As you enter the museum, the first thing that strikes you is the grandiosity of the building and its shape. A completely open space with spiral staircases and exhibitions on all of the walls – you will never stop seeing art as you walk up the staircase. It can be confusing with so much open space and such impressive architecture, especially when ascending the stairs. The Guggenheim Museum in New York offers all sorts of exhibitions and private collections, throughout its six floors (if you include the reception and the floor below it).
The Guggenheim was the brainchild of the museum’s founder, Solomon R. Guggenheim, a rich man who was fascinated by works of art and began to collect an immense art collection. It was the new, abstract art that interested him the most, a genre full of feelings and emotions and it was precisely this fascination that inspired the galleries seen in the Guggenheim Museum in New York City today.
The time I went, there were 5 different exhibitions. The largest, covering all of the walls on the staircases until the top floor was called “Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950-60s”. Zero was a German group founded by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene. Their experimental art was about redefining art after the Second World War and the group comprised more than 40 artists. Their works were made up of aspects from Minimalism and Conceptual Art. I loved the combination of works using all art forms (landscapes, sculptures, photography, films and effects), each one containing explosions of shapes and colors.
On the second floor was the private collection “Thannhauser Collection”. I was impressed by the works of artists such as Cézanne, Ganguin, Manet, Monet, Picasso, Pissarro, Renoir or Van Gogh. One of the works of art that I liked the most was the “Le Moulin de la Galette” by Picasso. On the third floor, a collection of works by Kandinsky that Guggenheim himself collected is found. It reminded me a lot of my mother-in-law Pam Roule who is a professional artist and exhibits at galleries in Chelsea, and has now started to create works using the “etching” technique. Kandinsky was a leading authority in this art genre and many of his works are exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The tour finished with the exhibition on the 4th floor by Indian artist V.S. Gaitonde and the collection “Painting as Process, Painting as Life”. The first thing you come across in its description is his inspiring life. His work deals with the fact that each person can admire the pieces and come up with their own interpretation. For this reason, many don’t have a title. To be honest, the exhibit surprised me. I wasn’t familiar with this artist and it was possibly one of the best collections I have seen recently. The colors and shapes that hidden in the background of its landscapes reminded me of bodies. This way of understanding life and portraying it, inspired me.
Another point to consider about the Guggenheim Museum in New York City is the amount of different events and activities that are offered. Some days, it’s possible to join free guided tours and throughout the week, you can enjoy workshops, film screenings and even concerts in the evening after the museum has closed. The exhibitions are temporary and here you can find out the current exhibitions in the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In addition, on the lower floor, you can also go to an exhibition called “A long-awaited tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion” that commemorates the history of Salomon R. Guggenheim and the construction of the museum, using different documents and historical archives. If you’re going to visit New York in a day, clearly you won’t have enough time to visit the museum. But if you have a bit more time in New York, my recommendation is that you head there straightaway as there’s always an interesting exhibition. Entry is also included in the City Pass and the New York Pass. We ruskomend, with 4 boquerons, a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
**We were invited to visit the museum by The Guggenheim Museum in New York. In no way were we swayed to write a positive review. As always, all opinions are our own.
Information about The Guggenheim Museum in New York
Ruskommendation for The Guggenheim Museum in New York: 4 boquerones
- Address: 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128
- Telephone: (212) 423-3500
- Price: Adults $22; Students and Seniors (65 years +) with valid ID $18; Children under 12 Free; Members Free; Saturday Pay What You Wish: 5:45–7:45
- Hours: (Sun-Wed) & Friday 10 am-5:45 pm; Thursday CLOSED; Saturday 10 am–7:45 pm Last entrance 30 before the closing
- Official website of The Guggenheim Museum in New York
- The Guggenheim Museum in New York, reviewed by Pedro Ramirez on Dic 12, with a rating of boquerones