This Exhibition has been coorganized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, and The Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn.

The Guggenheim


26 September to 12 November 2006

Frank Lloyd Wright’s extraordinary design for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1943 - 1959) on Fifth Avenue in New York defined the Guggenheim in terms of architecture. Almost forty years later, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by Frank O. Gehry, went even further in branding the name and unique character of the Guggenheim in the popular mind.

Over the past two decades, the Guggenheim Foundation has solicited some two dozen architectural proposals for additional museums and galleries around the world. This exhibition is the first to bring together these designs, many of which have never been seen by the public. In addition to architectural models, the diverse materials on view point to the rapid evolution of techniques of architectural representation, from perspective drawing and blueprints to computer renderings, animation, and virtual simulation of spaces.

The Guggenheim Architecture traces and defines a critical evolution of the art museum and investigates architects’ personal relationships to art. It stresses the critical importance of developing museums that respond to art, rather than vice versa. All of these Guggenheim museums - whether built or unbuilt - have inspired debate about the future of museums; the nature of permanent collections; and the relevance of cultural institutions in an increasingly interconnected world.

List of Participant Architects and Projects
Frank Lloyd Wright, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York 1943-1959
Hans Hollein, Guggenheim Museum Salzburg 1989
Hans Hollein, Guggenheim Museum Donaucity, Vienna 1994-1995
Arata Isozaki, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York 1991
Frank O. Gehry, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao 1991-1997
Coop Himmelblau, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao 1991
Arata Isozaki, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao 1991
Charles Gwathmey, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York addition 1992
Richard Gluckman, Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin 1997
Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Museum Lower Manhattan New York 1998-2000
Vittorio Gregotti, Museum Guggenheim Dogana, Venice 1999
Rem Koolhaas, Guggenheim Las Vegas 2001
Rem Koolhaas, Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Las Vegas 2001
Shigeru Ban, Guggenheim Tokyo 2001
Jean Nouvel, Guggenheim Tokyo 20001
Zaha Hadid, Guggenheim Tokyo 2001
Asymptote, Guggenheim Virtual Museum 2002
Jean Nouvel, Guggenheim Museum Rio de Janeiro 2002
Zaha Hadid, Guggenheim Museum Taichung 2003
Jean Nouvel, Guggenheim Guadalajara 2005
Asymptote, Guggenheim Guadalajara 2005
Enrique Norten, Guggenheim Guadalajara 2005
Zaha Hadid, Guggenheim Singapore, 2005-2006
Richard Gluckman, Guggenheim New York West Side 2006
Jean Nouvel, Guggenheim Tokyo Project, 2001, detail of the model


The Guggenheim
344 pages, 300 illustrations, (278 color illustrations)
Museum edition: 25 EUR
Trade edition: : Hatje Cantz Verlag
ISBN: 3-7757-1775-7

Cataloguecover: The Guggenheim

Curator and Exhibition Design
Peter Noever, Wien

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