The xx to Perform at the Guggenheim on November 5

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Performance by The xx Announced for the 2014 Guggenheim International Gala Pre-party on November 5

Music Event Made Possible by Dior Launches Celebration to Benefit the Guggenheim Foundation

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(NEW YORK, NY – July 24, 2014) — Two evenings of celebration for the 2014 Guggenheim International Gala (GIG) will begin on Wednesday, November 5 with a Pre-party featuring a performance by the music group The xx in the Guggenheim rotunda. The Pre-party will be held from 9 pm to midnight, and is hosted by the museum’s Young Collector’s Council (YCC). A benefit dinner on Thursday, November 6 will follow, honoring 2014 Guggenheim exhibition artists Carrie Mae Weems, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene (in memoriam), Günther Uecker, and Wang Jianwei.

About the GIG
Funds raised from these events will benefit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in support of the museum’s many innovative educational, curatorial, and research programs and the exhibition of its unparalleled collections of modern and contemporary art.

The Guggenheim International Gala is made possible by Dior. Wine and spirits for the Guggenheim International Gala are provided by Moët Hennessy USA.

Tickets to the Guggenheim International Gala Pre-party on November 5 include the performance, a full open bar, and an opportunity to view a portion of the exhibition ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow: 1950s–60s from 9–10 pm. Tickets are $200 each for YCC members, and $250 general admission. A one-year membership to the museum’s YCC may be combined with an individual ticket to the Pre-party for the discounted price of $650. The event has a limited capacity.

Current YCC members receive priority access to purchase discounted tickets. General-admission tickets will be available beginning July 29 at 12 pm. For tickets and more information, visit For further information on tickets to the Guggenheim International Gala dinner on November 6, contact Maela Dynasty at 212 360 4309 or

About The xx
Since their 2009 debut album xx—quietly made at night over the course of two years—the South London trio of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie Smith has been upheld for its refined expressions of teenage desire and anxiety. NPR has described The xx’s music as “delicately crafted so that every softly ringing note, and every aching second of dead air, hits like a cymbal crash.” Grantland has called them “the most exciting quiet band in the world.” The xx comment, “We have always loved visiting the Guggenheim whilst on tour in New York, and it is an honor to be able to support the museum by playing at the Gala Pre-party. Thank you to the Guggenheim and to Dior for giving us this opportunity.”

The xx’s debut has since enjoyed much success in the United States, and the trio has won several awards, including the Mercury Music Prize in the United Kingdom. In 2012, The xx released a new album, Coexist, and their music has been featured extensively in mass media, including NBC's coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In 2014, the band played a critically acclaimed residency at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory, designed to challenge perceptions of intimacy. The xx has cited several artists as influences, including Jimi Hendrix, The Slits, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Yazoo, Eurythmics, New Order, The Cure, CocoRosie, Electrelane, Cocteau Twins, Aaliyah, and The Kills.

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum, including with the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, and with The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. More information about the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation can be found at

July 24, 2014

Lauren Van Natten
Associate Director, Media and Public Relations
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
212 423 3840

Daniel Motta Mello
Public Relations Director
Christian Dior Couture
212 931 2227

The xx "Coexist" album cover.


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