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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street)
New Nork NY 10128

Frank Lloyd Wright 1959

'Here, Wright took abstract form and modern technology to their contemporary limits, using reinforced concrete to create a soaring spiral that swelled as it rose, creating a building that was as much sculpture as it was architecture.

'With ample justification, critics of the building has attacked the Guggenheim for ignoring both its urban context and its role in exhibiting art... the continuous slanted ramp Wright used instead of horizontal floors made the display of conventionally framed paintings especially difficult.'

Carter Wiseman, Shaping a Nation, 1998

'When asked why he chose the ramp, instead of level floors in the conventional stack, Wright explained that he felt the museum-goer would find it far more convenient to enter the building, take the elevator to the top ramp, gradually descend around an open court, always have the option, as the ramp touched the elevator stack at each level, to either go back, or skip down to further levels, and finally, at the end of the exhibition, he would find himself on the ground floor, near the exit.

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Frank Lloyd Wright 1991

An extension to the museum in 1992, by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, added a ten-story limestone tower behind the original spiral. The new tower provides flat walls for paintings, complementing the display of sculpture around the spiral gallery - which, perversely, people tend to view by wandering up the ramp rather than down.

 

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Simon Glynn 1999

 


How to visit

The Guggenheim is on Fifth Avenue opposite Central Park, at 88th Street. It is open daily except Thursdays and holidays, from 10 a.m.

By subway take 4,5 or 6 on the Lexington Avenue line to 86th Street, and walk northwest to Fifth Avenue at 88th.

For information call +1 212 423 3500. Architectural tours are available by appointment.


Books and other web sites

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048628364x_m.gif (15705 bytes) Understanding Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture
Donald Hoffmann

A highly readable, generalist account of the influences, development and innovations of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, well illustrated.

1568980418_m.gif (13070 bytes) Wright Sites : A Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright Public Places
Arlene Sanderson (editor)

A practical visitors' guide to thirty six publicly accessible Frank Lloyd Wright sites, with a straightforward one or two page description of each, with black and white photographs.

 

www.guggenheim.org is the official web site of the Guggenheim Museums, with comprehensive information on opening times and exhibitions.

www.geocities.com/SoHo/1469 provides both its own Frank Lloyd Wright content and a set of links to other Frank Lloyd Wright sites on the web.

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