A Look Back at 2011


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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York welcomed 1,107,054 visitors in 2011, making it the museum's second-highest attended year after the the 50th anniversary in 2009, and the fourth consecutive year with more than one million visitors.

The year closed with the popular exhibition Maurizio Cattelan: All, for which the museum offered extended hours throughout December and much of January. In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum developed its first mobile app, which includes dramatic views of the installation, texts about the works, and more than 20 video interviews with Cattelan's friends and associates.


Other 2011 exhibition highlights include The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918, which featured more than 100 works from the museum's holdings, attesting to this period of collaboration, interchange, synthesis, and innovation; and Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity, the first North American retrospective of the artist, philosopher, and poet Lee Ufan, which charted the artist's creation of a visual, conceptual, and theoretical language that has expanded the possibilities for sculpture and painting.

For information on 2012 exhibitions, including John Chamberlain: Choices, Being Singular Plural, Francesca Woodman, and Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective, visit Upcoming Exhibitions.


Around the City
The inaugural BMW Guggenheim Lab opened in New York's East Village and ran from August 3 to October 16, 2011. Set to travel to eight other cities worldwide, the Lab is led by international, interdisciplinary teams of emerging talents. The Lab's ambitious goals are the exploration of new ideas, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking solutions for city life. The Lab's next stops are in Berlin and Mumbai.

For the first installment of stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the museum's Architecture and Urban Studies programming into the streets of the city's five boroughs, artist Pedro Reyes combined the best of New York's existing therapy landscape with short, unexpected experimental treatments at his temporary Brooklyn clinic, titled Sanatorium.

For the second installment, composer Arvo Pärt and the architects at Snøhetta collaborated on a series of "stillspots" around lower Manhattan that explored the special relationship between space and sound, ten years after the September 11 attacks. The next edition of stillspotting nyc will be held in Queens in April 2012.

Installation view: Maurizio Cattelan: All, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, November 4, 2011–January 22, 2012. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation