Guggenheim Schedule: Summer 2008 – Winter 2009

Guggenheim Schedule: Summer 2008 – Winter 2009

Opens August 16, 2008

The newly restored Thannhauser Gallery will open to the public with a selection of canvases, works on paper, and sculpture bequeathed to the museum by the important art dealer and collector Justin K. Thannhauser (1892-1976). Representing the earliest works in the museum's collection, the Thannhauser holdings include significant works by Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Picasso, Pissarro, and Van Gogh. Thannhauser's commitment to supporting the early careers of such artists as Vasily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, and Paul Klee, and to educating the public about modern art, paralleled the vision of the Guggenheim Foundation's originator, Solomon R. Guggenheim. Among the works he gave are such incomparable masterpieces as Vincent van Gogh's Mountains at Saint-Rémy (1889), Edouard Manet's Before the Mirror (1876), and close to 30 paintings and drawings by Pablo Picasso, including his seminal works La Moulin de la Galette (1900), and Woman Ironing (1904). This reinstallation of more than 30 works of the Thannhauser Collection offers visitors the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with some of the iconic images that comprise this celebrated collection.

Opens July 4, 2008

Continuing the series of presentations drawn from the Guggenheim's extensive Kandinsky holdings, this exhibition features work from the earliest years of the artist's oeuvre, including paintings, prints, and two of his rarely shown paintings on glass. These early works, completed shortly after Kandinsky abandoned the legal profession to become the art director of the printing firm Kušverev in Moscow in 1895, explore the artist's associations with leading avant-garde groups after his arrival in Munich in 1896, including Phalanx, Neue Künstlervereinigung München (New Artist's Association of Munich), and Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). The prints on view demonstrate Kandinsky's talent for working in the three classic graphic media--etching, woodcut, and lithography--and reveal his early development as an artist and theoretician. The exhibition illustrates how Kandinsky's early work was informed by recollections of his native Russia, such as the brightly-decorated furniture and votive pictures he had observed in the homes of the peasants, as well as by romantic historicism, lyric poetry, folklore and pure fantasy.

New York in the 1940s: Selections from the Collection
June 13 – September 8, 2008
This exhibition of paintings and sculptures brings together works by artists who were working or showing in New York during the 1940s, a time of transition and exchange between generations. Including works by William Baziotes, Adolph Gottlieb, and Mark Rothko, mature Abstract Expressionist works by Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock, as well as works by others including Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, and Jack Tworkov, the exhibition will complement the concurrent retrospective of Louise Bourgeois by contextualizing the era in which she arrived in New York from .

Toward Abstraction: WorkS on Paper from the Collection
June 23 – September 8, 2008

Culled from the museum's extensive early modernist collection of works on paper, this exhibition follows the course of the early twentieth-century avant-gardes spanning Cubism to Orphism, Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Dada, and the Bauhaus, and culminating with Surrealism. The exhibition features particular proponents of each movement -- Albert Gleizes, Fernand Leger, Kurt Schwitters, Ernst Kirchner, Franz Marc, Robert Delaunay, Frantisek Kupka, László Moholy-Nagy and Joan Miró -- to reflect the in-depth holdings of the Guggenheim's collection of works from these eras.

June 27–September 28, 2008

Organized by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in association with Tate Modern, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris, this full-career retrospective of one of the most important artists of our time will fill the Guggenheim's entire Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda and an adjacent gallery, making it the most comprehensive examination to date of Bourgeois' long and distinguished career. Born in Paris in 1911, Bourgeois was one of the leading figures in 20th and 21st-century art who influenced multiple generations of artists with her unique and ever-evolving talent to wed form and narrative content. This ambitious retrospective will encompass over 150 of the artist's works and include early paintings, works on paper, and sculpture in media ranging from wood to bronze to latex to marble, as well as her signature Cells. Louise Bourgeois will encompass representative selections from all of the major phases of the artist's career. Visitors will be greeted in the museum's rotunda by one of Bourgeois' iconic spider sculptures, Spider Couple, 2003, and a pair of hanging aluminum works dating from 2004 that draw on another of her signature motifs, the spiral. Appropriately, this recurring form in the artist's iconography will find a corollary in the unique structure of the Guggenheim's spiraling ramps, on which the works will be arranged along predominantly chronological lines. Throughout the exhibition, the works on paper that are an integral and constant element of Bourgeois' creative process will be juxtaposed with her sculptural works. At the Guggenheim, the exhibition is organized by Nancy Spector , Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum .

June 27 – September 12, 2008

In conjunction with the retrospective on view from June 27 – September 28, the Guggenheim's Sackler Center for Arts Education will present A Life in Pictures: Louise Bourgeois, an exhibition of photographs and diaries from the artist's archives. For Louise Bourgeois, art and life are inextricably linked. Although her complex, allusive work attains a universal significance, she has spoken of the autobiographical subtext that underpins her unique symbolic language. This exhibition of photographs and ephemera illuminates the artist's personal history, from her childhood in prewar to present day New York. This presentation is organized by Nancy Spector, Chief Curator of the Guggenheim Museum .

IMAGELESS: The Scientific Study and Experimental Treatment of an Ad Reinhardt Black Painting
July 11, 2008 - September 14, 2008

In 2001 an important but irreparably damaged painting by Ad Reinhardt, Black Painting (1960-1966), was donated by AXA Art Insurance to the Guggenheim Museum as part of an unprecedented conservation research study and collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art. Over the next five years, conservators, scientists, curators, and artists who participated in the AXA Art Conservation Project carried out a complete physical examination and scientific analyses of the work which helped to create a dossier of information about Reinhardt's working methods and subsequent experimental restoration techniques used on the painting. The exhibition Imageless will present a small exhibition whereby the public will enter the world of the conservator as forensic scientist, working collaboratively with a group of experts, to uncover the mystery hidden beneath the monochromatic black painting. Through various analytical methods such as Fourier Transform Infrared Analysis (FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Raman Spectroscopy and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), the team was able to identify the chemical composition of the materials, and identify restoration layers and damages above the original painting. Through didactic materials, mock-ups, and presentation of sample materials, the public will learn the extent of such a comprehensive research project in the field of conservation. For comparative viewing and appreciation of the subtleties of surface, the exhibition will also include an adjacent room with several pristine Reinhardt paintings. This exhibition is organized by Carol Stringari, Chief Conservator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in collaboration with the Sackler Center for Arts Education.

September 26, 2008 - January 7, 2009

Since the early 1990s, Catherine Opie (b. 1961) has produced a complex body of photographic work, adopting such diverse genres as studio portraiture, landscape photography, and urban street photography to explore notions of communal, sexual, and cultural identity. From her early portraits of queer subcultures to her expansive urban landscapes, Opie has offered profound insights into the conditions in which communities form and the terms by which they are defined. All the while she has maintained a strict formal rigor, working in stark and provocative color as well as richly toned black and white. Catherine Opie: American Photographer will gather together significant examples from several of Opie's most important series in a major mid-career survey. Though Opie's photographs have been shown extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan—including one-person exhibitions at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Artpace, San Antonio; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California; St. Louis Art Museum; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Photographers' Gallery, London—no single exhibition has yet offered an overview of her richly diverse artistic project. Catherine Opie: American Photographer will serve to fill this void. The exhibition is organized by Jennifer Blessing, Curator of Photography; with Nat Trotman, Assistant Curator.

October 24, 2008 - January 7, 2009
During the 1990s a number of artists claimed the exhibition as their medium. Working independently or in various collaborative constellations, they eschewed the individual object in favor of the exhibition environment as a dynamic arena, ever expanding its physical and temporal parameters. For these artists, an exhibition can comprise a film, a novel, a shared meal, a social space, a performance, or a journey. Using the museum as a springboard for work that reaches beyond the visual arts, their work often commingles with other disciplines such as architecture, design, and theater, engaging directly with the vicissitudes of everyday life to offer subtle moments of transformation. What is most striking about this loose affiliation of artists, each of whom emerged during the early 1990s and now boast strong, independent careers, is that they periodically and randomly join forces to create a variety of projects ranging from co-directing films, to purchasing the copyright for a Japanese Manga character and franchising her image, to initiating a land reclamation project in rural Thailand. The Guggenheim Museum has extended an invitation to a core group of these artists—Angela Bulloch, Maurizio Cattelan, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, and Rirkrit Tiravanija—to collectively formulate a scenario for an exhibition, one that will reflect and articulate the unique nature of their practice. Organized by the museum's Chief Curator, Nancy Spector, in close collaboration with the artists, the exhibition will seek to present a genealogy of their shared history through a site-specific installation of new, often self-reflexive work created on the occasion of this project.

The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia , 1860-1989
January 30 – April 19, 2009
The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989 is an interpretative survey exhibition illuminating the dynamic and complex impact of Asian art, literary texts and philosophical concepts on American artistic practices of the late 19th century (ca. 1860-1900), early modern (ca. 1900-1945), postwar avant-garde (1945-1970), and contemporary periods (1970-1989). The exhibition features 270 objects in array of media, including painting, works on paper, books and ephemera, sculptures, video art, installations, film, and a live performance program, representing the work of 108 artists. The Third Mind is a masterpiece show featuring works by canonical and lesser-known figures of the late-19th and 20th-centuries. The exhibition and related materials will trace how the classical arts of China, India, and Japan and the systems of Hindu, Taoist, Tantric Buddhist, and Zen Buddhist thought were known, reconstructed, and transformed by American cultural and intellectual forces. The project examines the history of the construction of Asia as an imaginary, the enduring aspirations to know and internalize Asian art and thought among American and Asian-born artists working in the U.S., and the geopolitical conditions that made America's engagement with Asia unique.

May 15 – August 23, 2009
Fifty years after the completion of Frank Lloyd Wright's most iconic work, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have partnered to develop Frank Lloyd Wright, an original exhibition which examines the concept of social exchange embedded in Wright's practice, highlighting the Guggenheim's famed spiral as a culmination of the visionary ideas that defined Wright's 70-year career. The exhibition explores Wright's oeuvre as an “architecture of democracy,” thoughtfully designed to stimulate social activity and interaction. Through the presentation of over 50 of Wright's projects, from privately commissioned homes to unrealized urban mega-structures, the exhibition will elucidate his visionary projection of the modern lifestyle—initiating open, communal spaces, stimulating social exchange and his ability to organically unite people, buildings, and nature in physical and spiritual harmony. Frank Lloyd Wright will be presented through a range of media including over 200 original drawings; newly commissioned and historic models; one-to-one scale replicas; photography, including several new, large-scale formats shot for the exhibition and catalogue; original and reproduced furniture; and ephemera such as correspondence and blueprints.

KANDINSKY (Working Title)
September 18, 2009 – January 10, 2010
No other artist epitomizes the character of the Guggenheim quite like Vasily Kandinsky who has been closely linked to the history of the museum and has been collected in depth for the museum's permanent collection since its founding. Presented to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum , this full-scale retrospective of Vasily Kandinsky is the first in the since 1985, when the Guggenheim culminated its trio of ground-breaking exhibitions of the artist's life and work in Munich, and Paris. This presentation of more than 100 paintings will bring together works from the three partner institutions which have the greatest concentration of the artist's work in the world: the Guggenheim, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, as well as significant loans from private and public holdings. Kandinsky will offer a chronological survey of the artist's work through a selection of his most important canvases, including examples from his series of Improvisations, Impressions and Compositions, and will present a re-examination of the geographical- and time-based periods traditionally applied to his oeuvre. The unprecedented collaborative efforts of the Guggenheim, Pompidou, and Lenbachhaus will bring together works that have rarely traveled and offer new contexts and comparisons for those works that have been held apart. The exhibition is organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Associate Curator for Exhibitions and Collections.

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April 23, 2008
Updated August 14, 2008


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