1980s to 2000s
Thomas Krens succeeds Messer as director of the Foundation. Krens takes up an expansion program already underway in New York, which will include a tower designed by Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects, LLC., and initiates planning for a comprehensive restoration of the Wright building.
The Wright building is closed to the public so that the restoration and expansion can begin. Over the next two years, masterpieces from the collection are exhibited in a triumphant international tour to Venice, Madrid, Tokyo, Australia, and Montreal.
Through purchase and gift, the Guggenheim Foundation acquires the Panza Collection of Minimalist and Conceptual Art, giving depth to the Guggenheim’s permanent collection with works by American postwar masters Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, and many others.
The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation gives the Guggenheim Foundation 200 vintage photographs by Mapplethorpe, as well as a grant to launch a photography program. Contemporary photography quickly becomes a major area of collecting, and within a decade the Guggenheim Museum is able to mount significant major exhibitions based on its holdings.
After a three-year restoration of its interior, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum reopens to great acclaim. An eight-story tower, designed by Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects, LLC. opens simultaneously.
Restoration of the exterior of the Frank Lloyd Wright building begins. Although overall in good structural condition, the building requires exterior work to infill cracks, expose and treat corroding steel, repair and protect all of the concrete work, and perform some structural interventions on the 6th-floor Rotunda walls. The restoration is scheduled to be finished in time for the 50th anniversary of the museum’s opening in 2009.
After over three years of significant restoration work, thanks to Peter B. Lewis, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the City of New York, the State of New York, and other donors, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum sheds its scaffolding to reveal a restored facade and interior improvements. In celebration of the restoration, the Foundation commissions artist Jenny Holzer to create a site-specific light projection for the facade of the Guggenheim entitled For the Guggenheim.
The Guggenheim celebrates its 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Museum.
The Guggenheim, in collaboration with YouTube, owned by Google, launch “YouTube Play, a Biennial of Creative Video,” a juried exhibition with an open-submissions policy.
BMW Guggenheim Lab opens in New York City before travelling to Berlin and Mumbai. Its goal is the exploration of new ideas, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking solutions for urban life.
Conceived to engage a range of audiences, including artists, curators, and educators, Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is launched to stimulate dialogue and creative interaction both regionally and globally, fostering lasting relationships among institutions, artists, scholars, museumgoers, and online communities in South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and North Africa.
Hannelore B. Schulhof passes away in February. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection receives the Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection—eighty works of European and American postwar art.
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Initiative is launched to advance the achievements of contemporary Chinese artists and expand the discourse on contemporary Chinese art.
Plan Your Visit
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
(at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128-0173
Hours & Ticketing
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Students and Seniors (65 years +) with valid ID $14
Children under 12 Free
Multimedia guides are free with admission.
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