Guggenheim Museum – New York

Guggenheim Museum – New YorkGuggenheim Museum – New YorkGuggenheim Museum – New York

Complete with a preeminent collection of 7,000 Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modernist and Contemporary works, approximately 600 of which are on display inside an extraordinary, Frank Lloyd Wright designed, landmark building, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is truly one of the world’s most renowned arts institutions. The seashell shaped building opened in 1959, where visitors descend a circular gallery ramp under a massive skylight, is in itself an artistic achievement, an architectural masterpiece that presents the works on display in a completely revolutionary manner, echoing the avant-garde ethos of both the collection and the famed, often challenging exhibitions the museum hosts throughout the year.

The heart of the museum’s holdings is Solomon Guggenheim’s personal collection of Non-Objective or abstract painting rich in important Cubist canvases by masters like Delauney, Gleizes, Léger and Picasso. Additional Modernist masterpieces by Chagall, Modigliani and Rousseau as well as 150 individual works by Kandinsky provide visitors with a complete overview of the most innovative and groundbreaking art created during the first half of the twentieth century.

The constantly evolving and expanding collection has grown through momentous bequests and acquisitions, including the accessioning of the Nierendorf Collection featuring outstanding works of Expressionist and Surrealist art by Klee, Kokoschka and Miro and the donation of the Drier Collection of Modernist works including sculpture by Archipenko and Brancusi, painting by Gris and Mondrian, drawing by Duchamp and Dadaist collages by Schwitters. The gift of the Thannhauser Collection of French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism added notable selections by Gauguin, Manet, Pissarro and Van Gogh as well as 30 of Picasso’s earliest, most seminal paintings and drawings.

Significantly strengthening its holdings in postwar abstraction, in 1991 the Guggenheim acquired the Panza di Biumo collection of Conceptual, Minimalist and Post-Minimalist art of the 1960s and 1970s, considered the finest in the world, adding to the collection sculptures by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Robert Morris and Richard Serra, paintings by Robert Mangold, Brice Marden and Robert Ryman, environmental creations by Robert Irwin, James Turrell and Doug Wheeler, and installations by conceptualists like Sol LeWitt, and Lawrence Weiner. Among the most important donations in the museum’s history came in 1992 from the Mapplethorpe Foundation, when 200 of Robert Mapplethorpe’s finest photographs were contributed to serve as the centerpiece of a fine art photography collection and exhibitions program.

Immeasurably expanding the museum’s collection of contemporary art, in 2001 the Guggenheim was gifted by the Bohen Foundation, a private charitable organization that commissions new works of art, their extensive collection of film, installation, video and other avant-garde media. Consisting of 275 works ranging from intimate photographs to room size installations by 45 artists including Damien Hirst, Bill Viola and Sam Taylor-Wood, the grouping represents a dynamic and exemplary cross section of art at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Works from special exhibitions are generally hung along the winding gallery ramp while examples from the permanent collection, which are on view in rotation, are displayed in intimate galleries that open up along the way. As part of the Guggenheim Foundation which also administers museums in Bilbao, Spain and Venice, Italy, the New York collection is a portion of a larger international collection that is liberally swapped among institutions with displays in New York frequently changing to complement the museum’s special exhibitions.

The way Wright intended and the best way to enjoy your visit is to begin by taking the elevator to the top floor then spiraling downward to view the art. Be sure to check the daily calendar of events to learn about film screenings, lectures by artists or critics, live performances and gallery tours led by museum educators.

Visiting Hours:

Open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Closed on Thursday.



$22 for an adult ticket.

$18 for a senior ticket.

$18 for a student ticket.

Free for children 12 and under.

Pay what you wish on Saturdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.


Purchase Tickets Online

"Black Lines" (1913) - Kandinsky

“Black Lines” (1913) – Kandinsky

"Self Portrait" (1980) - Mapplethorpe

“Self Portrait” (1980) – Mapplethorpe

Guggenheim Museum (1959) - Frank Lloyd Wright

Guggenheim Museum (1959) – Frank Lloyd Wright

Official Museum Site


 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street)

New York, NY  10128

(212) 423-3587


Current Exhibitions:

Jackson Pollock – Exploring Alchemy

February 10, 2017 through December 16, 2017


Art and China after 1989 – Theater of the World

October 6, 2017 through January 7, 2018


Josef Albers in Mexico

November 3, 2017 through February 18, 2018


Guggenheim Collection – Brancusi

Spring 2017 through Spring 2018


Selections from the Thannhauser Collection


Explore highlights from the Thannhauser Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in a special gallery created to display the bequest. On view are significant masterpieces including Cézanne’s, “Still Life: Flask, Glass, and Jug,” from 1877, Gauguin’s, “Haere Mai,” from 1891, Manet’s, “Woman in Evening Dress,” from 1880, Monet’s, “The Palazzo Ducale, Seen from San Giorgio Maggiore,” from 1908,  Picasso’s, “Woman with Yellow Hair,” from 1931, Renoir’s, “Woman with a Parrot,” from 1871 and van Gogh’s, “Landscape with Snow,” from 1888.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Danh Vo – Take My Breath Away

February 9, 2018 through May 9, 2018


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative – Final Exhibition

May 4, 2018 through October 21, 2018



June 8, 2018 through September 16, 2018


Must See in the Permanent Collection:

  • “The Hermitage at Pontoise” (1867) Pissarro

  • “Before the Mirror” (1876) Manet

  • “Farm Women at Work” (1882) Serraut

  • “Mountains at Saint-Rémy” (1889) Van Gogh

  • “Bibémus” (1895) Cezanne

  • “In the Vanilla Grove (Man and Horse) – (1891) Gauguin

  • “Le Moulin de la Galette” (1900) Picasso

  • “Woman Ironing” (1904) Picasso

  • “The Football Players” (1908) Rousseau

  • “Eiffel Tower” (1911) Delaunay

  • “The Smokers” (1912) Léger

  • “Black Lines” (1913) Kandinsky

  • “Paris Through the Window” (1913) Chagall

  • “Composition 8” (1914) Mondrian

  • “Portrait of an Army Doctor” (1915) Gleizes

  • “Knight Errant” (1915) Kokoschka

  • “Little French Girl” (1918) Brancusi

  • “Jeanne Hébuterne with Yellow Sweater” (1919) Modigliani

  • “Red Balloon” (1922) Klee

  • “Personage” (1925) Miró

  • “Several Circles” (1926) Kandinsky

  • “Yucca Standing Mobile” (1941) Calder

  • “Belts” (1967) Serra

  • “ D’après la Marquise de la Solana” (1969) Marden

  • “Lighted Performance Box” (1969) Nauman

  • “Wall Drawing #146” (1972) LeWitt

  • “Circle In and Out of a Polygon 2” (1973) Mangold

  • “Lunette, Varese” (1974) Turrell

  • “Slave” (1974) Mapplethorpe

  • “Self-Portrait” (1980) Mapplethorpe


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