RUSSIA! One of the Most Successful Exhibitions in Guggenheim History

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RUSSIA! CLOSES AS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITIONS IN GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM HISTORY


Exhibition to Travel to Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Expanded Form


(NEW YORK, NY, January 20, 2006) By the time it closed on January 11, RUSSIA!—the most comprehensive presentation of Russian art ever held in the United States—had become one of the most successful exhibitions in the history of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. With over 401,885 visitors in just 17 weeks, RUSSIA! attracted more viewers than any other special exhibition running for a similar period of time. By comparison, Frank Gehry, Architect (2001) had 397,032 visitors; Giorgio Armani (2000) had 319,486 visitors; and The Art of the Motorcycle (1998) had 301,037 visitors.


A modified and expanded version of RUSSIA! will be presented at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao from March 28 to September 3, 2006. Among the highlights will be sections of religious art from the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries, including rare icons as well as dazzling decorative artworks; remarkable nineteenth-century paintings, among them monumental academic pictures; innovative avant-garde works from the early twentieth century; and epic Socialist Realist paintings. In addition, the Bilbao version of RUSSIA! will feature 22 sixteenth- and seventeenth-century works that were included in RUSSIA! The Majesty of the Tsars: Treasures from the Kremlin Museum, which was held at the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas simultaneously with the New York presentation of RUSSIA!


On February 3, 2006, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opens David Smith: A Centennial, the first New York retrospective since 1969 of the American artist David Smith (1906–1965), widely considered the greatest sculptor of his generation. This exhibition will be on view through May 14, 2006.


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January 20, 2006


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Betsy Ennis / Leily Soleimani
Guggenheim Public Affairs
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