Guggenheim Receives Bequest From Collector Richard S. Zeisler

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Receives Bequest From Collector Richard S. Zeisler


Bequest Includes Significant Works by Max Beckman, Juan Gris, Yves Tanguy, Édouard Vuillard


(NEW YORK, NY – December 7, 2007) The Guggenheim Museum has received a significant group of paintings and works on paper from the late New York–based collector Richard S. Zeisler, it was announced today by Thomas Krens, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. “Historically, the Guggenheim Foundation has grown in large part through the generosity of visionary private collectors,” Mr. Krens noted. “We are deeply grateful to Mr. Zeisler for continuing in this tradition and making the Guggenheim Museum one of the recipients of his largesse.”


Zeisler, who passed away in March 2007, was a generous supporter of several major art museums and organizations. His relationship with the Guggenheim Foundation dates back to the early 1970s, when he and former museum director Thomas M. Messer began speaking about a selection of planned gifts from his important collection of modern art. According to Nancy Spector, Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, “The Zeisler bequest brilliantly compliments the Guggenheim’s modern holdings and strengthens the museum’s representation of artists as diverse as Max Beckmann, Theo van Doesberg, Wifredo Lam, André Masson, and Joan Miró.” The Zeisler bequest ranges from a 1900 painting by Édouard Vuillard, to a 1964 work on paper by Bridget Riley. Highlights of the bequest to the museum include Yves Tanguy’s Là ne finit pas encore le movement (There, Motion Has Not Yet Ceased) (1945), the first painting by the French Surrealist to enter the New York Guggenheim’s collection, and a 1915 Cubist still-life by Juan Gris(Les cerises), which is presently on display at the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Las Vegas.


December 7, 2007

Betsy Ennis, Public Affairs Director
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Tel: 212 423 3842


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