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Frank Lloyd Wright 150th Birthday Celebration

16:43 - 28 April, 2017
Frank Lloyd Wright 150th Birthday Celebration

The Guggenheim celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birth year kicking off on Thursday, June 8, Wright’s 150th birthday, with a special reduced admission of $1.50. Visitors will be treated to free birthday cupcakes in the Guggenheim’s newly renovated Cafe 3, which will feature large-scale, rarely seen photographs of the museum during its construction. An actor-historian portraying Frank Lloyd Wright will be on-site engaging with visitors between 9 am and 1 pm.

The Consequence of Design: Ralph Caplan, Milton Glaser, and Beverly Willis in Conversation

12:04 - 17 October, 2016
The Consequence of Design: Ralph Caplan, Milton Glaser, and Beverly Willis in Conversation, Ralph Caplan, Milton Glaser, and Beverly Willis
Ralph Caplan, Milton Glaser, and Beverly Willis

Chee Pearlman, journalist, conference creator, and design curator at TED Conferences moderates a conversation between design critic Ralph Caplan, graphic designer Milton Glaser, and architect Beverly Willis on the heritage of the design profession and its eventual legacy within the ecological, social, and service spheres, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

The event is in celebration of the publication of "Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design," a collection of insightful, intimate, and often irreverent interviews with twenty architecture and design legends over the age of eighty. The book’s authors, Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith, will

Alberto Burri Retrospective in Final Week at New York City's Guggenheim

09:30 - 4 January, 2016
Alberto Burri Retrospective in Final Week at New York City's Guggenheim, Gibellina Vecchia, Sicily. Image © Gabriel Valentini
Gibellina Vecchia, Sicily. Image © Gabriel Valentini

This first major retrospective of Alberto Burri's (1915-1995) work in the United States in nearly forty years will close at New York City's Guggenheim Museum later this week. More than one hundred works are on display covering his entire career, culminating in a film of Burri's largest work: the reinterpretation of the ruins of Gibellina, in Sicily. The old city, destroyed by the 1968 Belice earthquake, was later encased in concrete preserving the morphology of the buildings and the city's medieval streetscape. Alongside his two-dimensional work, the exhibition ultimately seeks to demonstrate how Burri blurred the line between painting and sculptural relief that directly influenced the Neo-Dada, Process art, and Arte Povera movements.

Guggenheim Considers Competition for Second NYC Location

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
Guggenheim Considers Competition for Second NYC Location, Frank Lloyd Wright, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1956-59 (Click image to learn more). Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson
Frank Lloyd Wright, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1956-59 (Click image to learn more). Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is planning to construct a second location in New York City. As reported on the Art Newspaper, the expansion project, known as the “Collection Center,” aims to “consolidate its staff and art storage into one efficient, multi-use building with a dynamic public programming component.” The news broke with the release of a curatorial job position, seeking personnel to assist in the center’s planning and a possible architecture competition that will ensure the “Guggenheim’s reputation for being a visionary architectural patron” is preserved. Meanwhile, the Guggenheim is expected to narrow its selection to six for its new Helsinki location in November.

OfficeUS Propose Floating Museum for Guggenheim Helsinki Competition

00:00 - 9 September, 2014
OfficeUS Propose Floating Museum for Guggenheim Helsinki Competition, Courtesy of © OfficeUS via
Courtesy of © OfficeUS via

When you visit the galleries of Guggenheim Helsinki, you may have to bring a life vest. This submission to the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition floats the idea of a museum over water, traveling between the ports of St. Petersburg, Tallinn, and Helsinki. Proposed as a hypothetical submission to the worldwide contest, the team at OfficeUS delve into the notion of transience in the new world of architourism. The brief reads: "As a global freeport, the museum develops a completely new infrastructure, offering the strategic tax benefits of freeport art storage while enabling exhibitions of some of the most important pieces of modern art and design." Upcoming exhibits include (hypothetically) Olafur Elliasson, Yves Klein and Thomas Demand. 

Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition, first open international competition organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, was officially launched today. Submission deadline for stage one is September 10. A jury that includes Mark Wigley, Jeanne Gang, Juan Herreros, and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto will announce the shortlist during Fall 2014.

Could London be Getting its Own Guggenheim Museum?

00:00 - 13 March, 2014
Could London be Getting its Own Guggenheim Museum?, The Guggenheim New York, Bilbao and Abu Dhabi. Images (clockwise from top left) © Flickr CC User Erik Drost, © Flickr CC User RonG8888, and Courtesy of Gehry Partners. Used under <a href=''>Creative Commons</a>
The Guggenheim New York, Bilbao and Abu Dhabi. Images (clockwise from top left) © Flickr CC User Erik Drost, © Flickr CC User RonG8888, and Courtesy of Gehry Partners. Used under Creative Commons

As part of his strategy to solidify the "Olympic Legacy" of East London, Mayor Boris Johnson has recently been focusing on providing the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with a little more diversity in its buildings, placing an emphasis on bringing cultural institutions alongside the sports buildings. Now, alongside the V&A's plans for new galleries and University College London's proposed design school and cultural centre, The Art Newspaper reports that Johnson is out to grab a headline attraction: London's own Guggenheim.

Read on after the break for more

100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas

00:00 - 21 October, 2013
100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas, Courtesy of BMW Guggenheim Lab
Courtesy of BMW Guggenheim Lab

The BMW Guggenheim Lab, a mobile think-tank focused on the study of urban life, has returned to New York City for its homecoming exhibition currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum till January 5, 2014. After two years of research and touring Berlin and Mumbai, the lab aims to present major urban themes in art, architecture, education, science, sustainability and technology."100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas" is a compilation of definitions of the most pressing issues in urban centers today, contextualized to reflect how different cities interpret them. Architects, planners and students take note: From street facades to bailouts, gentrification to trash mapping, this resource archives years of discussion into one user-friendly interface. Explore the glossary, here.

Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab

00:00 - 6 July, 2013
Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab

From 2011 to 2013, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a mobile think tank for exploring urban life, traveled to New York, Berlin, and Mumbai to inspire innovative ideas for urban design and new ways of thinking about cities. To sum up the major themes and ideas that emerged during this two-year global journey, the Guggenheim Museum will present the exhibition Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, on view from October 11, 2013, to January 5, 2014.

Oiio Reveals Proposal for Guggenheim Expansion

00:00 - 31 January, 2013
Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office
Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office

With many museums worldwide seeking to extend, to accommodate larger collections, Athens-based Oiio Architecture Office have asked: “What if we decided we needed a little more of Guggenheim?”

Their solution is to stretch Frank Lloyd Wright’s original building skywards, by continuing its iconic ramp, creating an additional 13 floors. 

More on the design after the break...

Films & Architecture: "The International"

14:00 - 19 June, 2012

Not that many films can have the amount of high-end architecture as location for their scenes. In “The International” the characters goes to a secondary position – through architects’ eyes - since the movie is a showroom of well known buildings and cities.

The mythic Guggenheim Museum in New York by Frank Lloyd Wright serves as the space for one of the main scenes, jumping to the Phaeno Science Center by Zaha Hadid in Wolfsburg, Germany. Cities where the movie was filmed include Istanbul, Berlin, Lyon, Milan, and New York, showing us an impressive catalogue of “international” architecture.

Let us know your thoughts about the movie and international architecture. What does this concept mean today? Or was it only an utopian modern movement?

Video: Architecture Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

08:30 - 27 March, 2011

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was the last major project designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright between 1943 until it opened to the public in 1959, six months after his death, making it one of his longest works in creation along with one of his most popular projects. Completely contrasting the strict Manhattan city grid, the organic curves of the museum are a familiar landmark for both art lovers, visitors, and pedestrians alike.

Contemplating the Void: Bad Architects Group

10:00 - 4 June, 2010

A few months ago, the Guggenheim Museum exhibited Contemplating the Void in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary.  After receiving 200 submissions, curators from the museum selected five winners.  We’ve shared different proposals with you previously on AD, and today, we bring you Bad Architects Group’s winning Void Codition.  In German, void or “Luftraum“, literally translates to “air-space“. By conditioning the given air, which is already present in the void, the architects create the possibility to access the space as is without interrupting how it currently exists.  The proposal “adds another dimension or layer to the existing experience in form of a vertical wind tunnel.”

Grey Area / Julie Mehretu

12:00 - 25 May, 2010

The Guggenheim Musuem’s newest exhibit features the work of Julie Mehretu, an abstract painter best known for her densely-layered paintings.  Her work expresses an obsession with architecture, in particular, densely populated urban environments.  In her pieces, Mehretu takes recognizable architectural components, such as the column, façade, and elevation, which are then compressed and combined to capture different perspectives. “Her paintings present a tornado of visual incident where gridded cities become fluid and flattened, like many layers of urban graffiti.”

Contemplating the Void Artwork Auction

17:00 - 11 March, 2010

During 2009 the Guggenheim Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary. The museum commissioned nearly 200 artists, architects and designers to imagine their dream interventions on the most significative space of Frank Lloyd Wright’s building, the central void.

Contemplating the void: Iwamoto Scott

15:24 - 23 February, 2010
© Iwamoto Scott Architecture
© Iwamoto Scott Architecture

As promised, more projects for the Guggenheim’s Contemplating the Void.

This time we feature Iwamoto Scott‘s proposal.

LIGHTCONE uses fiber-optic lines to turn the void into a light channel with different purposes:

Compromises for the Guggenheim

12:05 - 5 July, 2009

It seems fitting that since the Guggenheim is currently featuring the works of its designer, Frank Lloyd Wright, we should feature some of the process work of the iconic museum.  Well known for its white curving form, it is important to note that the current rendition of the museum is vastly different from Wright’s original ideas. The struggle between the architect and the client (in this case Solomon R. Guggenheim, a wealthy mining entrepreneur) to see eye-to-eye is not something new, however it is interesting to consider whether the renowned museum would still have its status if it were as Wright had originally envisioned: a polygonal structure, partly in blue or perhaps a red-marble structure with long-slim pottery red bricks.

More about the Guggenheim after the break.

Design It: Shelter Competition, remembering the Frank Lloyd Wright spirit

22:32 - 8 June, 2009

This year we not only celebrate the 142nd birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright, but also the 50 years of the Guggenheim, one of his master pieces (completed the year he passed away). These dates are not only commemorated with Lego Kits and exhibitions, but also with a very interesting competition held by the Guggenheim Museum and Google Sketchup.