Friday 11 May 2012

The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Museum on 1071 Fifth Avenue

designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and finished in 1959 - it caused controversy at the time as people either loved it or hated it.

The building dominates as much as the art that is exhibited inside it. It's cylindrical, made up of tiers of concrete and is wider at the top than at the bottom -  is a true architectural landmark.

The skylight in the ceiling dominates the whole of the interior

the unique ramp gallery extends from under the skylight in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building down to the ground level

The circular galleries rise upward at a slope

The ramp galleries from top to bottom were taken up by Choices when we were there, sculptures by John Chamberlain so that as you walked up or down the ramp you could stop and look at them

some of his early monochromatic welded iron-rod sculptures

to the large scale foil-creations of later years.

Off the ramp exhibition space, on each floor, exhibition rooms are to be found. Threre were three exhibitions when we visited: some of the permanent works; a temporary exhibition of Francesca Woodman's haunting photographs; and an exhibition of the paintings that Kadinsky created while he was teaching at the Bauhaus School, 1922-23.  There will be posts on those at a later date.

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