Guggenheim Schedule: Winter 2008 — Winter 2010


Upcoming Exhibitions

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 nineteenth century (ca. 1860-1900), early modern (ca. 1900-1945), postwar avant-garde (1945-1970), and contemporary periods (1970-1989). The exhibition features approximately 250 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-nineteenth and twentieth-centuries. The exhibition and related materials trace how the classical arts of India, China, 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. The exhibition is organized by Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The Third Mind is made possible by a Chairman’s Special Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Generous support is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art, The Rosenkranz Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, The W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, and the United States-Japan Foundation. The Leadership Committee is gratefully acknowledged.

February 6-April 15, 2009

The Guggenheim presents an exhibition of Emily Jacir, seventh winner of the Hugo Boss Prize, an award established in 1996 by Hugo Boss and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to recognize significant achievement in contemporary art. A jury comprising an international panel of museum directors and curators selected Jacir from a group of six short-listed finalists including Swiss artists Christoph Büchel and Roman Signer, Americans Patty Chang and Sam Durant, and Danish artist Joachim Koester. The exhibition will feature selections from Jacir's work which spans a diverse range of mediums including photography, video, performance, and installation-based work—and addresses repressed historical narratives, resistance, political land divisions, movement (both forced and voluntary) and the logic of the archive. This exhibition is organized by Joan Young, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art and Manager of Curatorial Affairs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Spring 2009

Fast-paced and modest in scale, Intervals is an experimental new series designed to reflect the spirit of young and emerging artists. Conceived to take place in the interstices of the museum’s exhibition spaces or beyond the spatial confines of the building, the program will invite a diverse range of artists to create new work for a succession of one-person shows. Julieta Aranda will inaugurate the program with an installation that investigates the theme of time.

May 15-August 23, 2009

Fifty years after the completion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic work, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have partnered to develop Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, an original exhibition which examines Wright’s concepts of space and its impact upon the organization of modern life, highlighting the Guggenheim’s famed spiral as a culmination of the continuous spatial experiences that defined Wright’s 70-year career. The exhibition explores how Wright’s forms, designed from within outward, showcase the positive effects that architecture can exert on the human psyche. Through the presentation of over eighty of Wright’s projects, from privately commissioned homes to office, civic and government buildings to religious and performance spaces as well as unrealized urban megastructures, the exhibition elucidates his visionary projection of the modern lifestyle—initiating open, communal spaces and stimulating social exchange. It also examines his ability to organically unite people, buildings, and nature in physical and spiritual harmony. Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward will be presented through a range of media including over 200 original drawings, newly commissioned and historic models, one-to-one scale replicas, newly created video and digital renderings, photography, and ephemera such as correspondence and blueprints. The curatorial team includes Thomas Krens, Senior Advisor of International Affairs for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and David van der Leer, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in collaboration with Philip Allsopp, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives; Oskar Muñoz, Assistant Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives; and Margo Stipe, Curator and Registrar of Collections of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives.

June 5 – September 2, 2009

The Guggenheim's 1959 inaugural exhibition featured highlights from the museum's classical collection as well a significant group of works from the 1950s, then newly collected by Director James Johnson Sweeney. Drawn from the contemporary works acquired during Sweeney's tenure from 1952-60, this presentation includes examples of international post-WWII trends in abstraction including Abstract Expressionism, CoBrA, Taschisme, and L’Art Informel, by artists Karel Appel, Alberto Burri, Eduardo Chillida, Willem de Kooning, Jean Dubuffet, Jimmy Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Pierre Soulages, Antoni Tapies, and others. The exhibition is organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Associate Curator for Exhibitions and Collections, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

September 18, 2009-January 10, 2010

No other artist epitomizes the character of the Guggenheim quite like Vasily Kandinsky—his history is closely entwined with the history of the museum and his work has been collected in-depth for the museum's permanent collection since its founding. Presented to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum, this full-scale retrospective of Kandinsky’s oeuvre is the first in the United States since 1985, when the Guggenheim completed its trio of groundbreaking exhibitions on the artist’s life and work in Munich, Russia, and Paris. This presentation of more than 100 paintings brings together works from the three partner institutions that own 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 offers 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 presents a reexamination of the geographically and time-based periods traditionally applied to his work. The unprecedented collaborative efforts of the Guggenheim, Pompidou, and Lenbachhaus have brought together works that rarely travel and offer new contexts and comparisons for those works that have been apart. The exhibition is organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Associate Curator for Exhibitions and Collections, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

October 9, 2009-March 21, 2010

With the inauguration of the Deutsche Guggenheim in 1997, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Deutsche Bank launched a unique and ambitious program of contemporary art commissions that has enabled the Guggenheim to act as a catalyst for artistic production. Anish Kapoor: Memory is the fourteenth commission project to be completed since the program’s inception and is the Guggenheim Foundation’s first collaboration with the artist. The commission will travel to New York after its Berlin debut, demonstrating Kapoor's ability to create a site-specific work that engages with two very different exhibition scenarios. Anish Kapoor was born in 1954 in Bombay, India. He has lived in London since the early 1970s and quickly rose to prominence in the 1980s. Best known for his explorations of “the void”, and for his use of color and scale, he has redefined contemporary sculpture since then. Memory is a remarkable new work in industrial Cor-Ten steel that transforms the galleries through shifts in physical, mental, and architectural scale. Curated by Sandhini Poddar, Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

January-February 2010

London-born, Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal constructs “staged situations” that often defy the traditional contexts of museum and gallery environments, focusing on the fleeting gestures and social subtleties that define lived experience rather than the material aspects of conventional artmaking. His unique practice has been informed by his studies in dance and political economics, yielding totally ephemeral works that consist entirely of the interactions between their participants, and are not documented visually. Organized as part of the Guggenheim’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations, Tino Sehgal sets the artist’s projects within the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda, offering visitors a unique opportunity to engage with the architecture as a purely social space.

Ongoing Exhibitions


The newly restored Thannhauser Gallery reopened 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 Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, and Vincent Van Gogh. Thannhauser’s commitment to supporting the early careers of such artists as Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Franz Marc, 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 Van Gogh’s Mountains at Saint-Rémy (Montagnes à Saint-Rémy, July 1889), Manet’s Before the Mirror (Devant la glace, 1876), and close to thirty paintings and drawings by Picasso, including his seminal works Le Moulin de la Galette (autumn 1900), and Woman Ironing (La Repasseuse, spring 1904). This reinstallation of more than thirty works of the Thannhauser Collection offers visitors the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with some of the iconic images that comprise this celebrated collection.


The work of Post-Impressionists, such as Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse and the Fauves, and the Cubists in Paris, all informed the development of Expressionist art in the years immediately preceding World War I. From Vasily Kandinsky to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, artists who came to be associated with Expressionism sought to convey the communicative force of color through vibrantly hued canvases and bold forms. This exhibition highlights the work of Kandinsky, an artist who has been closely linked to the history of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and to whom this gallery is dedicated. The connections among these different artists were severed with the 1914 outbreak of World War I. Nonetheless, the postwar period saw the reunion of Kandinsky, Klee, and Jawlensky, who together with Lyonel Feininger formed the Blue Four group in the United States. It was then that these artists were able to pursue their color theories with renewed vigor.


Admission: Adults $18.00, students/seniors (65+) $15.00, members and children under 12 free. Admission includes audio guide tour.

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January 26, 2009


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