Guggenheim Foundation and ARTstor: A Collaborative Effort

The ARTstor Digital Library is collaborating with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to share approximately 7,000 images of major artworks, exhibition installation views, and architecture. There will be 1,000 images of objects from the Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection, noted for its significant holdings in modern and contemporary art by such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Paul Klee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Cindy Sherman, and Vincent van Gogh, among others.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum holds approximately 600 artworks that were given to the museum by Solomon Guggenheim between 1937 and 1949, or purchased by the foundation during those years. These works form the core of the Guggenheim’s holdings, featuring such masterpieces as Franz Marc’s Yellow Cow (1911) and Vasily Kandinsky’s Composition 8 (1923), among the first paintings Guggenheim purchased for his art collection following his visit to Kandinsky’s studio in 1929.

In addition, the Foundation will share 5,000 installation views dating from the 1990s to the present from the Guggenheim Museum in New York, including documentation of such seminal exhibitions as Ellsworth Kelly: A Retrospective; The Worlds of Nam June Paik; James Rosenquist: A Retrospective; Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle; and Kandinsky. Also included is a unique collection of more than 1,000 installation views from the museums in Bilbao and Venice, and 200 historical and contemporary photographs documenting the architecture of these three museums.

Each constituent museum unites distinguished architecture with major artworks, a tradition that has become a Guggenheim hallmark. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is home to a renowned collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art while the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice houses one of the most important collections of early 20th century European and American art in Italy. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, features a permanent collection from the mid-twentieth century to the present day, concentrating on post-war painting and sculpture in America and Europe. ~Fay

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