The Guggenheim Museum is located between Fifth Avenue and 89th Street, east of Central Park, and is best known in the “Big Apple” as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The driver of the Guggenheim Museum Solomon R. was Guggenheim, which names the museum, who was a Swiss-born Jewish billionaire who, after meeting in 1927 to Baroness Hilla Rebay von Ehrenwiesen, was completely infected by his passion for abstract art. This led him to gradually acquire works throughout the world, to be the largest collection in the United States, which they called Non-Objective.
To promote his collection created the Foundation Solomon R. Guggenheim and the Museum of Non-Objective Painting on Calle 54. But this place was not big enough, so in 1943 he commissioned the design of the final Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright.
For the construction of the Guggenheim Museum , Wright was inspired by a ziggurat temple pyramid of ancient Mesopotamia, but gave a form of inverted conch. Inside there is a single gallery of 800 meters ascending spiral that goes through a spiral ramp. It is basically built with precast concrete blocks, that inside are painted white to highlight the works. At the top of the Guggenheim Museum a huge skylight, made of glass and steel, provides much of the necessary light.
The Guggenheim Museum in New York opened in 1959, having passed both its driver as its architect. Although in the beginning he was involved in the controversial and was rejected by the residents of the Upper East Side, the truth is that today the Guggenheim Museum is one of the most visited in the city, and has a great international recognition.
Among the treasures it houses the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are works by Kandinsky, Picasso, Modigliani, Chagall, Matisse, Braque, Miró, Pollock, Van Gogh or magritte, although the building itself is already a work of art.
The Guggenheim Museum and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum , located in the 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street). Its time to visit is from Sunday to Wednesday from 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Fridays at 17:45 and Saturdays at 19:45. Closed on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The price or rate entries Guggenheim Museum is $ 18, for students aged 65 and older will be $ 15 and under 12 and members are free.