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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

New York | Modern and Contemporary art

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Located east of Central Park and north of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is home to an original building in a collection of avant-garde works of famous artists as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky or Piet Mondrian.

The helical shaped building was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and was inaugurated on 21 October 1959. The building is more like a cup of tea or a white ribbon which would wind from bottom to top, the base being more narrower than the top. Visitors access to the museum in building up much can discover the various works back down the spiral ramp.

The Guggenheim Museum is itself a work of art. The building contrast with its round shape in the middle of the rectangular buildings. It is illuminated by a skylight in the center and the top and covered with a magnificent canopy. In 1992 the building was completed by a rectangular tower designed by Gwathmey Siegel, higher than the original spire, which sparked great controversy.
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