Schedule of Exhibitions Through Spring 2013


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Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960
June 8–September 12, 2012

Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960 explores contemporary trends in abstraction in the decade before the Guggenheim’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building opened in 1959. Artists in this post–World War II era pioneered such influential developments as Abstract Expressionism, Art Brut, Art Informel, and Cobra. This collection-based exhibition includes nearly 100 works by Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Burri, Asger Jorn, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Pierre Soulages, Antoni Tàpies, and Zao Wou-Ki, among others, and explores the affinities and differences between artists working continents apart in a period of great transition. The exhibition is organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, and Megan Fontanella, Assistant Curator, Collections and Provenance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The Leadership Committee for Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960 is gratefully acknowledged for its support.

BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin
June 15–July 29, 2012

After its highly successful inaugural presentation in New York last summer, the BMW Guggenheim Lab lands in Berlin from June 15 to July 29, the second stop on its nine-city, six-year global tour. Programs for the Lab have been created by the Berlin Lab Team—José Gómez-Márquez, Carlo Ratti, Corinne Rose, and Rachel Smith—and led by Guggenheim curator Maria Nicanor. In addition to free lectures, discussions, and hands-on workshops at the Prenzlauer Berg site, the Berlin Lab offers a variety of citywide activities to engage citizens in tangible ways of improving urban life. The BMW Guggenheim Lab’s website, blog, and online communities extend the opportunity to participate in this multidisciplinary urban experiment to audiences around the world. The schedule, which can be found online, includes more than 100 events over the course of the Berlin Lab’s run. The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a collaboration between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation and the BMW Group. For more information, visit

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective
June 29–October 8, 2012

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective is the first U.S. midcareer survey of the Dutch artist’s work. This comprehensive retrospective of photography and video features Dijkstra’s celebrated Beach Portraits (1992–2002) and other early works such as the photographs of new mothers and bullfighters, moving on through selections from her later work, including her most recent video installations. The show is curated by Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Sandra S. Phillips, Senior Curator, Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is accompanied by the most comprehensive monograph on the artist’s work to date. Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This exhibition is supported by the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam. The New York presentation of the exhibition is supported in part by the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the Netherlands Cultural Services, and the Leadership Committee for the Guggenheim Museum’s 2012 Photography Exhibitions: Marian Goodman Gallery, Henry Buhl, and Eugene Sadovoy, as well as by Ann and Steven Ames, Lori and Alexandre Chemla, Cari and Michael J. Sacks, John L. Thomson, and those who wish to remain anonymous.

stillspotting nyc: staten island

Justin Bennett and Matthea Harvey
Four Weekends: July 14–15, July 21–22, July 28–29, and August 4–5, 2012

The fourth edition of stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim Museum’s programs out into the streets of New York’s boroughs, is presented in Staten Island. For this project sound artist Justin Bennett and poet Matthea Harvey combine ambient sounds from the borough with a poetic script that weaves the tragic, true story of Italian-born, Staten Island–based inventor Antonio Meucci and his wife Esterre in an audio walking tour. During four weekends, visitors are invited to take the two-hour, self-guided “soundwalks” that start at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George. The walk meanders along the waterfront, past salt mounds and industrial sites, to explore historic residential neighborhoods in search of the fabled Meucci couple. The experience is intended to transport listeners from the external urban environment to a state of introspection and stillness. stillspotting nyc is organized by David van der Leer, Assistant Curator, Architecture and Urban Studies, with Sarah Malaika, Stillspotting Project Associate, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Support for stillspotting nyc is provided by the Rockefeller Foundation NYC Opportunities Fund and a MetLife Foundation Museum and Community Connections grant. This project is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Leadership Committee for stillspotting nyc, cochaired by Franklin Campbell and Pamela Samuels, is gratefully acknowledged for its support.

Picasso Black and White
October 5, 2012–January 23, 2013

Picasso Black and White marks the first major exhibition in the United States to focus on the recurrent motif of black and white throughout Pablo Picasso’s career. Surveying his oeuvre from 1904 to 1971, Picasso Black and White examines the artist’s lifelong exploration of a black-and-white palette through approximately 110 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. The exhibition thematically traces the artist’s unique vision throughout his work, including early monochromatic blue and rose paintings, graytoned Cubist canvases, elegant and austere neoclassical portraits and nudes, Surrealist-inspired figures, forceful and somber scenes depicting the atrocities of war, allegorical still lifes, vivid interpretations of art-historical masterpieces, and the electric, highly sexualized canvases of Picasso’s last years. The exhibition includes significant loans drawn from private collections, including many from the Picasso family and estate; from museums across Europe and the United States; and from numerous public and private European and American collections, many of which have not been exhibited or published before. The exhibition is organized by Carmen Giménez, Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of Twentieth- Century Art, with assistance from Karole Vail, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Picasso Black and White is sponsored by Bank of America. Major support is provided by the Picasso Black and White Leadership Committee, with Robert C. Baker, Chair; Acquavella Galleries; Stephen and Nan Swid; and Aaron I. Fleischman and Lin Lougheed. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation.

The Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim: Gabriel Orozco: Asterisms
November 9, 2012–January 13, 2013

Gabriel Orozco’s Asterisms, the final project in Deutsche Guggenheim’s commissioning program, is a two-part sculptural and photographic installation comprising thousands of items of detritus Orozco has gathered at two sites—a playing field near the artist’s home in New York and a protected coastal biosphere in Baja California, Mexico, that is also the repository for flows of industrial and commercial waste from across the Pacific Ocean. The two related bodies of work provocatively oscillate between the macro and the micro and invoke several of the artist’s recurring motifs, including the traces of erosion, poetic encounters with mundane materials, and the ever-present tension between nature and culture. The show also underscores and amplifies Orozco’s subtle practice of subjecting the world to personal, idiosyncratic systems. The exhibition is organized by Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and Joan Young, Director, Curatorial Affairs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue. This exhibition is made possible by Deutsche Bank. The Leadership Committee for Gabriel Orozco: Asterisms is gratefully acknowledged for its support.

Zarina: Paper Like Skin
January–April 2013

The exhibition Zarina: Paper Like Skin, organized by Allegra Pesenti, Curator, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, travels to the Guggenheim Museum as part of its international tour. This retrospective of Indian-born American artist Zarina Hashmi is the first major exploration of the artist’s career, charting a developmental arc from her work in the 1960s to the present and includes many seminal works from the late 1960s and early 1970s, woodblock prints, etchings and lithographs, and a small selection of related sculptures in bronze and cast paper. The Guggenheim’s recent acquisition of 20 works from a major series of pin drawings from 1975 to 1977 serves as a fulcrum for the New York presentation, which is conceived in close collaboration with the artist. An exhibition catalogue provides insights into her life and work. The New York presentation is organized by Sandhini Poddar, Associate Curator, Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
South and Southeast Asia
Spring 2013

This is the first of three traveling exhibitions that will be organized as part of a five-year project that will chart creative activity and contemporary art around the world. Guggenheim UBS MAP will identify and support a network of art, artists, and curators from South and Southeast Asia; Latin America; and the Middle East and North Africa in a comprehensive program involving curatorial residencies, acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s collection, international touring exhibitions, and far-reaching educational activities. The first of three appointed curators from the focus regions is June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, who will select new or recent artworks that represent key artists, movements, collaboratives, and creative networks from selected countries in South and Southeast Asia that may include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Each exhibition will be accompanied by a dynamic, customized suite of audience-driven education programs for the public, both at the exhibition venues and online. This exhibition will travel to two venues in South and Southeast Asia and in a major city elsewhere in the world. The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is supported by UBS.

Gutai: Splendid Playground
February–May 2013

As part of the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Initiative, the museum presents North America’s first museum exhibition devoted to Gutai, the most influential artists’ collective and artistic movement in postwar Japan and one of the most important international avant-garde movements of the 1950s and 1960s. Organized thematically and chronologically to explore Gutai’s inventive approach to materials, process, and performativity, the exhibition explores the group’s radical experimentation across a range of media and styles and demonstrates how individual artists pushed the limits of what art could be in a postatomic age. The spectrum of works includes painting, experimental performance and film, indoor and outdoor installation art, sound art, interactive or “playful” art, light art, and Kinetic art. The exhibition comprises some 120 objects by 25 artists on loan from museum and private collections in Japan, the United States, and Europe, and offers new scholarship, especially on so-called late Gutai works that date from 1965 to 1972. Gutai: Splendid Playground is organized by Ming Tiampo, Associate Professor of Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa, and Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Spring 2013
The Hugo Boss Prize, a biennial award administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, was founded in 1996 to honor significant achievement in contemporary art. Selected by an international jury of curators, the six finalists for the Hugo Boss Prize 2012 are Trisha Donnelly, Rashid Johnson, Qiu Zhijie, Monika Sosnowska, Danh Vo, and Tris Vonna-Michell. The winner of the ninth prize will be announced in fall 2012 and an exhibition of the artist’s work will be presented at the Guggenheim in spring 2013. Previous winners include Matthew Barney (1996), Douglas Gordon (1998), Marjetica Potrc (2000), Pierre Huyghe (2002), Rirkrit Tiravanija (2004), Tacita Dean (2006), Emily Jacir (2008), and Hans-Peter Feldmann (2010). The Hugo Boss Prize 2012 is organized by Katherine Brinson, Associate Curator and is made possible by HUGO BOSS.


Ongoing Exhibitions

Kandinsky, 1911-1913
Opens June 25, 2012

More than any other 20th-century painter, Vasily Kandinsky has been closely linked to the history of the Guggenheim Museum. Hilla Rebay—artist, art advisor, and the museum’s first director—promoted nonobjective painting above all other forms of abstraction. She was particularly inspired by the work and writing of Kandinsky, a pioneer of abstraction, who believed that the task of the painter was to convey his own inner world, rather than imitate the natural world. The museum’s holdings have grown to include more than 150 works by Kandinsky, and focused exhibitions of his works are presented in Annex Level 3. The current installation, Kandinsky 1911–1913, highlights paintings completed at the moment the artist made great strides toward complete abstraction and published his aesthetic treatise, On the Spiritual in Art (1911, though dated 1912). Also featured are paintings by Robert Delaunay and Franz Marc that were exhibited alongside the work of Kandinsky and others in the landmark 1912 Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) exhibition held at the Moderne Galerie Heinrich Thannhauser, Munich. The exhibition is organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, and Megan Fontanella, Assistant Curator, Collections and Provenance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion
July 27, 2012–February 13, 2013
On October 22, 1953, the exhibition Sixty Years of Living Architecture: The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright opened in New York on the site where the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum would be built. Constructed specifically for the exhibition were two Frank Lloyd Wright–designed buildings: a temporary pavilion made of glass, fiberboard, and pipe columns, and a 1,700-square-foot fully-furnished two-bedroom Usonian exhibition house representing Wright’s organic solution for modest, middle-class dwellings. This presentation on view in the Sackler Center for Arts Education pays tribute to these two structures, which, as Wright himself noted, represented a long-awaited tribute as the first Wright buildings to be erected in New York. This exhibition is organized by Francine Snyder, Director of Library and Archives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

The Thannhauser Collection
Bequeathed to the museum by art dealer and collector Justin K. Thannhauser, the Thannhauser Collection includes a selection of canvases, works on paper, and sculpture that represents the earliest works in the museum’s collection. The Thannhauser holdings include significant works by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, and Vincent van Gogh. Thannhauser’s commitment to supporting the early careers of such artists as Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Franz Marc, and to educating the public about modern art, paralleled the vision of the Guggenheim Foundation’s originator, Solomon R. Guggenheim. Among the works Thannhauser gave are such incomparable masterpieces as Van Gogh’s Mountains at Saint-Rémy (Montagnes à Saint-Rémy, July 1889), Manet’s Before the Mirror (Devant la glace, 1876), and close to 30 paintings and drawings by Picasso, including his seminal works Le Moulin de la Galette (autumn 1900) and Woman Ironing (La Repasseuse, spring 1904).

Admission: Beginning June 8, Adults $22, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. Admission includes an audio tour with highlights of the Guggenheim’s permanent collection and of the building, available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

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June 5, 2012 (Updated from February 14, 2012)

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