Guggenheim Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Celebrate Visionary Architect

Frank Lloyd Wright, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1943–59, Exterior view

Fifty years after the realization of Frank Lloyd Wright’s renowned design, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum celebrates the golden anniversary of its landmark building with the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, co-organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. On view from May 15 through August 23, 2009, the 50th anniversary exhibition brings together 64 projects designed by one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, including privately commissioned residences, civic and government buildings, religious and performance spaces, as well as unrealized urban mega-structures. Presented on the spiral ramps of Wright’s museum through a range of media—including more than 200 original Frank Lloyd Wright drawings, many of which are on view to the public for the first time, as well as newly commissioned models and digital animations—Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward illuminates Wright’s pioneering concepts of space and reveals the architect’s continuing relevance to contemporary design.

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Published in: on May 16, 2009 at 1:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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First Display of Art from the University of Iowa Museum to Open at the Figge Art Museum

Robert Motherwell, Elegy to the Spanish Republic, No. 126, 1965-1975, acrylic on canvas. University of Iowa Museum of Art

Modern masterworks by celebrated artists including Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse will be featured in an upcoming University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA)-organized exhibition at the Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second St. in downtown Davenport, IA.

The exhibition, “A Legacy for Iowa: Pollock’s ‘Mural’ and Modern Masterworks from the University of Iowa Museum of Art,” opens Sunday, April 19 and runs through Sunday, August 2. The two museums will celebrate the opening from noon to 5 p.m. on April 19 with a reception at the Figge Art Museum. Tours of the exhibition will be available at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m., and volunteers from both museums will be stationed in the galleries throughout the day to answer visitors’ questions.

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Calder Jewellery Exhibition Opens at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Anjelica Huston wearing a necklace by Alexander Calder, The Jealous Husband

The first exhibition devoted exclusively to the remarkable jewellery created by the American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) opens to the public at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday 1 April 2009. Calder Jewellery explores the lifelong output of wearable art pieces made for family and friends by one of the most innovative and influential figures in 20th-century art, best known for his iconic sculptures and mobiles. IMMA is the only venue in Europe where Calder Jewellery is being shown. Also on display is the specially designed BMW Car with which Calder, who trained as an engineer, initiated the company’s Art Car series in 1975, later continued by such famous artists as Frank Stella, Andy Warhol and David Hockney.

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Published in: on April 2, 2009 at 12:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Kandinsky's retrospective to be represented in Europe

V. Kandinsky. In black square. 1923. Oil on canvas. Guggenheim Museum, New York

On October 25, the Lenbachhaus Munich gallery launched the large international retrospective show of works by Vasily Kandinsky (1866−1944). He influenced the development of art of the 20th century a lot. In April the exhibition will move to the Pompidou Parisian Centre, and in September, 2009 it will be opened in the New York Guggenheim Museum.

The exposition featured the works from collections of three museums which have the largest for today collection of works by Kandinsky. Public will have an opportunity to see 95 pictures by the artist made in 1907 – 1942 which represent all the main periods of his work.

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Published in: on November 20, 2008 at 11:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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The British museum will go to Abu Dhabi

The project of the Guggenheim museum on the Saadiyat island, UAE. The architect Frank Gehry

One of the largest museums in the world together with the capital’s authorities of UAE is going to turn Abu Dhabi into the cultural centre of the country.

The main executive director of the Abu Dhabi company Tourism Development and Investment Co. (TDIC) Lee Tabler reported at the opening of the international exhibition of real estate Dubai Cityscape–2008 that the specialists of the British museum will come to Abu Dhabi soon. However according to the Lee Tabler’s words it should be concluded that the British museum is not going to open its branch in the capital of Emirates yet.

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Published in: on November 19, 2008 at 9:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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Guggenheim museum receives $1 million

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

New York –The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was selected for a $1 million Chairman’s Special Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for its upcoming exhibition, The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia , 1860–1989.

The exposition will feature approximately 270 works and will represent over 100 artists, including: Allen Ginsberg, Mark Tobey and Roy Lichtenstein. The exhibition will illuminate the dynamic and complex impact of Asian art, literary texts, music, and philosophical concepts on American art from the late 19th century to the contemporary period. It is organized into seven chronological and thematic sections.

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Published in: on October 20, 2008 at 8:34 am  Leave a Comment  
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Picasso’s Guernica will not reach Bilbao

P. Picasso. Guernica. 1937. The Queen Sofia National Museum, Madrid

Curators of the Spanish Queen Sofia National Museum refused to transfer Pablo Picasso’s celebrated work Guernica to a branch of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

For several years the government of the independent community of the country of Basques insisted on transporting the huge canvas in Bilbao or to expose it in Guernica, Basques’ city which was destroyed by bombing by the Italian and German aircraft in 1937. The Spanish experts resist it because of the safety of the work. The results of the detailed examination showed that the picture is in serious, but a stable condition which can became worse during the next transportation.

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Published in: on September 18, 2008 at 11:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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Modigliani in the State Pushkin Museum

On March 21, the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts launched an exhibition of works by famous Amedeo Modigliani. The important showcase features many key works of the artist, including portraits of his friends and mistresses, extremely rare landscapes and, of course, his legendary «Nudes», which are considered the highlights the artist’s oeuvre.

The display not only unveils Modigliani’s evolution as an artist and milestone events of his oeuvre, but also reveals the dramatic story of his life. Among the highlights of the exhibition are rare drawings connected with romantic relations of the artist and Russian poetess Anna Akhmatova and unique documents and photographs from the partisan archive of Amedeo Modigliani.

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Armenian-French-Russian Avant-garde

L. Tutunjan. Untitled. 1926. Gouache and ink on paper. 25.5 x 29.0 cm

Parisian galleries «Minotaur» (known for its passion for modern art) and «La Gaillard» are planning to launch interesting and important display devoted to the life and oeuvre of Leon Tutunjan, prominent avant-garde artist of the first half of XX century, one of the founders of biomorphic abstract painting. The exhibition titled «Abstraction 1925–1930» comprises rare and unique Tutunjan’s works, which will be of interest for both art experts and the wide public.

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Published in: on December 14, 2006 at 12:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Paratrooper II by Do-Ho Suh in The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Paratrooper II (2005).

From June 18 through September 17, 2005, The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) in Philadelphia proudly presents the latest works of Do-Ho Suh. Founded in 1977, The Fabric Workshop and Museum has developed from an ambitious experiment to a renowned institution with a widely recognized residency program, an extensive collection of work by resident artists and comprehensive educational programming.

For this exhibition, FWM is partnering with The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. From June 18 through August 21, 2005, the Morris Gallery, the Pennsylvania Academy’s program devoted to contemporary art, will exhibit Suh’s Paratrooper II, made in collaboration with FWM.

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Published in: on June 6, 2005 at 4:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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