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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Building
I need a fighter, a lover of space, an agitator, a tester and a wise man. . . . I want a temple of spirit, a monument!
—Hilla Rebay to Frank Lloyd Wright, 1943

In June 1943, Frank Lloyd Wright received a letter from Hilla Rebay, the art advisor to Solomon R. Guggenheim, asking the architect to design a new building to house Guggenheim's four-year-old Museum of Non-Objective Painting.

The project evolved into a complex struggle pitting the architect against his clients, city officials, the art world, and public opinion. Both Guggenheim and Wright would die before the building's 1959 completion. The resultant achievement, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, testifies not only to Wright's architectural genius, but to the adventurous spirit that characterized its founders.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece of modern architecture is home to one of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary art. The collection includes masterpieces by Chagall, degas, Kadinsky, Picasso, and van Gogh, as well as special exhibitions featuring internationally renowned artists.

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