Partnership Provides Ongoing Support; Delta Joins Global Partner Group at the Guggenheim
Thomas Krens, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and Frederick W. Reid, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Delta Air Lines, today announced that the two organizations have agreed to a long-term association. Delta's contribution will provide substantial support for exhibitions and other activities at five museums worldwide: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin. In recognition of this high-level support, Delta Air Lines has been named a Global Partner of the Guggenheim Museum.
"Were very happy to welcome Delta Air Lines to the Global Partners group at the Guggenheim," said Mr. Krens. "With its unique network of museums, the Guggenheim has pioneered a global approach to culture. Likewise, Delta is acknowledged as a pioneer in its field, with its vast worldwide route system. This partnership will provide important links between two forward-looking and far-reaching institutions."
"Both Delta Air Lines and the Guggenheim are committed to the international exchange of people and culture," said Mr. Reid. "It makes perfect sense that our partnership will stretch into the next century and into an era of ever-increasing globalization."
To inaugurate the affiliation, Delta Air Lines is sponsoring the exhibition Picasso and the War Years: 1937-1945 (February 5 - May 9, 1999) at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition features more than 75 works by the artist, including paintings, works on paper, and sculpture, many not previously seen in the United States. Several are highly regarded masterworks, such as Night Fishing at Antibes (1939), The Charnel House (1945), and studies for the seminal work Guernica (1937). Additionally, an introductory gallery of archival posters, newsreel footage, photographs, and other historic materials will establish the historical context of the era.
Delta is selected by more passengers worldwide than any other airline. In 1998, it became the first airline to carry 105 million passengers in one year. Delta, Delta Express, the Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers, and Delta's Worldwide Partner operate 5,211 flights each day to 353 cities in 56 countries. In addition to providing support for the Guggenheim Museum, Delta Air Lines has provided support for such cultural entities as the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, and will serve as the Official Airline for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
January 15, 1999
FOR PRESS INFORMATION: Betsy Ennis
Director of Public Affairs
Delta Corporate Communications