On December 6th the National Art Honor Society journeyed to New York City to visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art. The Upper East Side museum is a product of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation -- founded in 1937. Founder Solomon R. Guggenheim was a philanthropist and casual art collector, working closely with his loyal art advisor, artist Hilla Von Rebay, to collect hundreds of artworks from the primetime of European Modernism. His collection includes over 150 works by Vasily Kandinsky between 1937-1949.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation would have only been a pipe-dream for Solomon had it not been for his friendship with German abstract painter and collector, Hilla Von Rebay. This friendship began when Guggenheim’s wife Irene commisioned Rebay to paint his portrait -- and from there, the rest is history.
The museum opened on October 21, 1959, with the building's unique architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright still standing, relatively unscathed, today. Another interesting fact about the building's architecture is that it has experienced over 700 iterations in the 16 years leading up to its creation.
Some notable Guggenheim Art Museum exhibits include "Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World," The Josef Albers exhibit, Thannhauser Collection, Guggenheim Collection: Brancusi, and Jackson Pollock: Exploring Alchemy.
After the very informative and fun tour of the museum, the Art Honor Society enjoyed their time in the city by ice-skating and eating some delicious food from street vendors.
Picture Attribution: By Jean-Christophe BENOIST - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/...