50th Anniversary Exhibitions

Jackson Pollock, Ocean Greyness, 1953

Jackson Pollock, Ocean Greyness, 1953. Oil on canvas, 146.7 x 228.9 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 54.1408. Jackson Pollock © 2007 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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The Sweeney Decade: Acquisitions at the 1959 Inaugural

June 5–September 2, 2009

Drawn from the contemporary paintings and sculpture acquired by director James Johnson Sweeney during his tenure from 1952 to 1960, The Sweeney Decade: Acquisitions at the 1959 Inaugural features examples of international postwar trends in abstraction including Abstract Expressionism, CoBrA, Tachisme, and Art Informel, by artists Karel Appel, Alberto Burri, Eduardo Chillida, Willem de Kooning, Jimmy Ernst, Hans Hartung, Jackson Pollock, Pierre Soulages, Antoni Tapies, and others.

Vasily Kandinsky, Blue Mountain, 1908–09

Vasily Kandinsky, Blue Mountain, 1908–09. Oil on canvas, 283.87 x 245 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, Gift, Solomon R. Guggenheim 41.505. © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

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September 18, 2009–January 17, 2010

This is the first, full-scale retrospective of Kandinsky's career in the United States since 1985, when the Guggenheim culminated its trio of ground-breaking exhibitions of the artist’s life and work in Munich, Russia, and Paris.

Anish Kapoor, Memory, 2008

Anish Kapoor (b. 1954), Memory, 2008. Cor-Ten steel, 14.5 x 8.97 x 4.48  meters. Commissioned by Deutsche Bank AG in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim. Installation view: Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, 2008. Photo: Mathias Schormann

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Anish Kapoor: Memory

October 21, 2009–March 28, 2010

Memory (2008), a new commissioned Cor-Ten steel sculptural installation by leading international artist Anish Kapoor made its debut at Deutsche Guggenheim in fall 2008. The exhibition opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on October 6, 2009, and will remain on view until March 28, 2010.

Anish Kapoor, Ascension (Red), 2009

Anish Kapoor, Ascension (Red), 2009. © Anish Kapoor

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Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum

February 19–May 16, 2010

On the occasion of the museum's 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim has invited approximately 250 artists, architects, and designers to imagine their dream intervention in Frank Lloyd Wright’s rotunda.

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