Collection Online Launch

Collection Online Launch


Innovative Online Site Provides Unprecedented Access to the Guggenheim's Permanent Collection

NEW YORK, NY, April 3, 2001—The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation will launch the Guggenheim Collection Online this week, it was announced by Guggenheim Director Thomas Krens. This new feature of the Web site provides Internet users throughout the world unprecedented access to hundreds of works from the foundation's exceptional collection of Modern and contemporary art. The Guggenheim Collection Online will include iconic examples of late 19th- and 20th-century art, each of which is annotated with insightful commentary by Guggenheim curators and scholars. Ranging from the earliest work in the collection—The Hermitage at Pontoise (1867), a landscape by Camille Pissarro—to recent acquisitions, the Guggenheim Collection Online reflects the diversity and dynamism of the museum's holdings.

The Guggenheim Collection Online, part of an ongoing initiative to digitize the museum's permanent collection for widespread access, has been underwritten, in part, by a generous grant from New York State, Gov. George E. Pataki.

Thomas Krens commented, "The World Wide Web, as a global venue, is a critical means through which the Guggenheim can achieve its mission to educate people about art. With the Collection Online, the Guggenheim's holdings will be available to anyone throughout the world—from the merely curious to the dedicated scholar. This new Web site, uniquely tailored for the individual, will provide our audience with a richer range of experiences with the object."

The Guggenheim Collection Online contains a wealth of scholarly and contextual information, including artist biographies, definitions of art-historical movements and artistic concepts, and suggested readings on each artist. The superior quality of the image reproductions is a hallmark of the site, and each work may be viewed in small, medium, or large resolution. The Collection Online also features an area on recent acquisitions, which spotlights works entering the collection, and a section entitled "What's on View Now," which enables the public to find out which parts of the collection are on view prior to visiting the museum itself. The site is exceptionally simple to navigate, with flexible linking capabilities that allow visitors to search the database and view the collection by artist, title, date, movement, or medium. While technically state-of-the-art, the Collection Online allows the maximum number of users easy access, regardless of level of computer proficiency and type of equipment. The site is powered by an innovative offline publishing system pioneered by the Guggenheim.

The launch of the Guggenheim Collection Online—together with the publication of Guggenheim Museum Collection: A to Z, the recently redesigned and enhanced guide to the New York museum's collection, and the exhibition The Global Guggenheim: Selections from the Extended Collection (on view until April 22)—exemplifies the foundation's mission to make its global collections available to a broader public audience.

Currently, the Guggenheim Collection Online only includes works from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. In the summer of 2001, approximately 100 works from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, will be added to the site, followed by highlights from the collections of the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The Collection Online will also act as an entry point for viewing the museum's forthcoming series of Internet art commissions. Additionally, visitors to will soon have the opportunity to send E-cards featuring selected images from the Guggenheim's collection and special exhibitions as well as photographs of Guggenheim architecture worldwide.

As of April 6, the collection online will be accessible through or at


April 3, 2001

For Press Information: Sasha Nicholas, Public Affairs

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Telephone: (212) 423-3840

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