Solomon R. Guggenheim started collecting non-representational art from Europe early on. The German artist Hilla von Rebay helped him build up a significant collection of abstract art. Guggenheim wanted to build a museum in New York for this collection. Today the Guggenheim is one of the first addresses worldwide for modern and avant-garde art of the 20th century. The collection was expanded to include surrealism, impressionism and expressionism through further donations and purchases. The Guggenheim Museum also organizes special exhibitions and, together with the MoMA, is one of the most important exhibition halls for modern and contemporary art. Frank Lloyd Wright's unique building alone is worth a visit. For more about the building check out > Architecture New York
The most well-known artists in the Guggenheim include: Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Max Beckmann, Oskar Kokoschka, Lyonel Feininger, Pablo Picasso and many other great artists.
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The Whitney Museum stands at the Hudson River and at the southern end of the Highline. A special architect was selected for this special location, Renzo Piano. The Italian star architect has already built many famous museums, such as the Centre Pompidou, the Zentrum Paul Klee or the annex for the Art Institute of Chicago. Renzo Piano has designed a building that offers many views on the area and roof terraces. The Whitney Museum of American Art features art from the United States, mostly modern and contemporary works. In addition to the museum's magnificent collection, special exhibitions are organized.
Opened in 2007, The Centre for Contemporary Art arose from an initiative of the Director Marcia Tucker, who unfortunately died a year before the opening. The idea is to promote art by linking it with all levels of society and culture. The New Museum of SANAA architects, has become a brilliant place for art and communication.
When the two towers of the World Trade Center collapsed in 2001, America changed. The 9/11 Memorial Museum shows the dramatic history of the terrorist attack and the heroic attempt of the New York Fire Department to save as many people as possible. The museum stands directly at Ground Zero, next to the two holes that mark the former World Trade Center. In the museum you can see huge steel parts from the destroyed twin towers, broken emergency vehicles of the fire department and other objects. On a guided tour, the stories behind the exhibits become even more moving.
Founded in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art is still the greates museum of modern art in the world, as its founders had set out to do. The three rich women Mary Quinn Sullivan, Lillie P. Bliss and Abbey Aldrich Rockefeller had the idea and the capital to finance such a museum. The women combined their art treasures into one large collection and built a museum for modern art in Midtown Manhattan in 1939. The MoMA was expanded by famous architects such as Philip Johnson, Cesar Pelli and Yoshio Taniguchi. The museum was remodeled in 2019 by New York architects Diller Scofidio, who also designed The Shed and the High Line Park.
The MoMA has over 150,000 works of art from painting, photography, plastics, design, computer games to architecture. With around 3 million visitors a year, it is one of the world's largest art museums.
The Brooklyn Museum is located on the northern edge of Prospect Park, with two subway stations nearby. The Brooklyn Museum offers a wide range of exhibits. The collection shows objects from Egypt, Asia, Europe, South America and of course North America. The quality of the objects can not compete with the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan, but the Brooklyn Museum is not that crowded.
Museums Guide New York City
There are countless museums in New York City, the regiopia museums guide presents the most famous museums of the city. The 3 most famous museums are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art "MoMA" and the Guggenheim Museum.
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