Partial Reveal of the Restored Frank LLoyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum

Partial Reveal of the Restored Frank LLoyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum


(New York City, December 21, 2007) Beginning today, a restored segment of the Frank Lloyd Wright Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will be visible to the public from Fifth Avenue and 89th Street, where scaffolding has been removed from the building.


In November, the New York Landmarks Commission approved painting the museum light gray matching Tnemec BF72 Platinum color. A custom-coating system, designed specifically for the Guggenheim Museum, has been applied to the section that is now revealed.


During the winter, the restoration team will monitor seasonal temperature fluctuations and any impact these may have on the new concrete and the coatings. This is the next step in a comprehensive two-year condition assessment and restoration of the 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright building, one of New York City's most important landmarks.


"Our team of experts in the field of landmark restoration and preservation will now have the opportunity to see the fruits of their labor. Over the winter months, we will determine if any further work needs to be done to protect this cherished building," said Marc Steglitz, Interim Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and director of the restoration project. "For New Yorkers and visitors to the museum, it will also be an opportunity to see the restoration as a work-in-progress."


Sections of the revealed structure will also allow Sony Pictures to shoot exterior footage for their film titled The International. Starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts and directed by Tom Tykwer (director of Perfume and Run, Lola Run), the film will also include scenes shot inside the Guggenheim Museum. The International will be released on August 15, 2008.


The restoration work is projected to be complete and the scaffolding to come down by early summer 2008.

December 21, 2007


Eleanor R. Goldhar
Deputy Director for External Affairs
212 423 3528

Betsy Ennis
Director, Public Affairs
212 423 3840


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