Luce Foundation awards Guggenheim $750k for show on Am. art in China

Luce Foundation awards Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum $750,000 for first comprehensive show on American art in China 


Leadership Award Will Support the Exhibition and Catalogue of America 300 in Beijing and Shanghai

The Henry Luce Foundation today announced a two-year leadership grant of $750,000 to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for the first comprehensive survey of American art to be presented in China. The award will support the exhibition and catalogue for America 300, announced Henry Luce III, the foundation's chairman and CEO.

The exhibition of approximately 180 American works follows the highly regarded and well-attended China: 5,000 Years exhibition, presented at the Guggenheim in the spring of 1998, which established excellent working relationships between the museum's curators and their Chinese counterparts. America 300 will open at the National Gallery in Beijing in February 2000 and move to Shanghai that summer, announced Thomas Krens, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

America 300 will feature works from the Colonial time period to the present and cover all the major art movements, including the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and Abstract Expressionism. The exhibition will include representative works by artists such as, Frederick Church, AlbertBierstadt, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Carl Andre, and Andy Warhol.

The exhibition is being curated by Nancy Mowll Mathews, Eugenie Prendergast Curator, Williams College Museum of Art, and Manon Slome, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The curators have selected newness as a theme for the exhibition, because of the way it is manifested as a great national characteristic that weaves a continuous thread through the history of American art. America's consciousness of its own newness as a culture and as a land has produced an art in which time and space are often viewed as challenge to be surmounted. The exhibition will show how the art of each era met the challenge and added new meanings and myths to the unfolding story of America. To ensure that the exhibition will include representative works of the highest caliber, objects will be selected from a consortium of American museums working with the Guggenheim.

"Given our longstanding commitment to promoting better understanding between the U.S. and China and to bringing the work of American artists to more widespread attention, this was a natural fit," said Henry Luce III, the foundation's chairman and CEO. "We are very proud to support this important undertaking by the Guggenheim museum."

Thomas Krens, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, remarked,"The realization of America 300 has long been a goal of this institution. This generous grant from the Luce Foundation will provide us the opportunity to further develop our relationship with the Chinese cultural community."

The mission of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is to collect, preserve, research, and present works of Modern and contemporary art in all of its forms. Founded in 1937, the Guggenheim Museum has developed a comprehensive collection of 20th century art, along with an extensive exhibition program. The Guggenheim Museum currently oversees five major international museums: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Guggenheim Museum SoHo; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin.

The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc. Since 1982, the foundation's art program--the only one by a major foundation dedicated exclusively to American art--has granted more than $50 million for exhibitions, catalogs, the ACE initiative, and other scholarly projects. With assets of $780 million, the Henry Luce Foundation supports programs focusing on American art, Asia, higher education, public affairs, theology, and women in science.

January 7, 1998


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