Committed to innovation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation collects, preserves, and interprets modern and contemporary art, and explores ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations. With its constellation of architecturally and culturally distinct museums, exhibitions, publications, and digital platforms, the Foundation engages both local and global audiences.
$20.5m annual program spend • Exhibitions presented in 2017 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York ("SRGM") included: Guggenheim Collection: Early Modernism (April 29, 2016 - February 1, 2017); Julien Bismuth (June 27, 2016 - May 31, 2017); Maurizio Cattelan: "America" (September 15, 2016-September 15, 2017); Agnes Martin (October 7, 2016 - January 11, 2017); Tales of Our Time (November 4, 2016 - March 10, 2017); Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim (February 10-September 6, 2017); Jackson Pollock: Exploring Alchemy (February 10-December 16, 2017); Guggenheim Collection: Brancusi (March 17, 2017-ongoing); Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III (March 24-August 2, 2017); The Hugo Boss Prize 2016: Anicka Yi, Life Is Cheap (April 21-July 5, 2017); A Year with Children 2017 (April 28-June 4, 2017); Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de LA Rose Croix in Paris, 1892-1897 (June 30-October 4, 2017); Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin: circle through New York. (March 1-August 31, 2017); Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World (October 6, 2017-January 7, 2018); and Josef Albers in Mexico (November 3, 2017-April 4, 2018). SRGM also held an exhibition highlighting material from the Guggenheim Archives: A Long Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian House and Pavilion (July 27, 2012 - February 1, 2017). Additionally, works in the ongoing exhibitions in the Thannhauser Gallery continually change and rotate. Exhibitions presented in 2017 at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice ("PGC") included: My Weapon against the Atom Bomb is a Blade of Grass. Tancredi: A Retrospective (November 12, 2016 - March 13, 2017); Rita Kernn-Larsen. Surrealist Paintings (February 25-June 26, 2017); Mark Tobey: Threading Light (May 6-September 10, 2017); Picasso. On the Beach (August 26, 2017-January 7, 2018); and Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de LA Rose Croix in Paris, 1892-1897 (October 28, 2017-January 7, 2018). Selections from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection were also exhibited. Exhibitions presented in 2017 at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ("GMB") included: Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velazquez (September 30, 2016 - January 8, 2017); Albert Oehlen: Behind the Image (October 21, 2016 - February 5, 2017); The Collection of Hermann and Margrit Rupf (November 11, 2016 - April 23, 2017); Fiona Tan: Disorient (December 22, 2016 - March 19, 2017); Abstract Expressionism (February 3-June 4, 2017); Pello Irazu: Panorama (March 10-June 25, 2017); Pierre Huyghe: (Untitled) Human Mask (March 30-July 16, 2017); Paris, Fin de Siecle: Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Their Contemporaries (May 12-Sptember 17, 2017); Bill Viola: A Retrospective (June 30-November 9, 2017); Georg Baselitz. The Heroes (July 14-October 22, 2017); Ken Jacobs: The Guests (July 27-November 12, 2017); Anni Albers: Touching Vision (October 6, 2017-January 14, 2018); David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life (November 10, 0217-February 25, 2018); Amie Siegel: Winter (November 23, 2017-March 11, 2018); Art and Space (December 1, 2017-April 15, 2018). SRGM curators also organized several traveling exhibitions. After its presentation at the SRGM in New York in 2016, Moholy-Nagy: Future Present traveled to the Art Institute of Chicago (October 2, 2016 - January 3, 2017), followed by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (February 12-June 18, 2017). Organized by the SRGF, Guggenheim. Full Abstraction was presented at ING Art Center in Brussels (October 19, 2016 - February 12, 2017) and Realm of the Spirit: Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection and the Gibbes Museum of Art was exhibited at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina (October 22, 2016 - January 15, 2017). SRGF presented The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence at Manarat AL Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi (March 7-July 29, 2017), the second exhibition of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection.
$13.4m annual program spend • As part of its mission the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation ("SRGF") collects and preserves art for the benefit of the public in several ways. The curatorial staff studies the art in SRGF's possession, plans international exhibitions for public viewing, and prepares and publishes scholarly catalogues and educational texts. SRGF also lends many of the works of art in its collection to other museums on the occasion of special exhibitions that are of scholarly merit or that will broaden the public's appreciation of art. SRGF maintains extensive climate-controlled, highly secure storage facilities for the art in its collection. It also operates a photography studio for the documentation of art, and archives to store photographs of art and make them available to the public for publication or study. SRGF maintains a full art conservation lab to properly care for the art in its possession; it also conducts research on new techniques in art conservation. In 2017 the Guggenheim's collection was comprised of over 8,000 works of art. The museum acquired major historic works by Carlo Ciussi, Romare Bearden, Adrian Piper, Irene Rice Pereira, and Dieter Apelt. SRGF also acquired contemporary installation and mixed media works by Leonor Antunes, Basim Magdy, Anicka Yi, and Matthew Ritchie, as well as sculpture by Carolina Caycedo, Joanna Migdal, and Simone Leigh. Acquisition highlights also include contemporary paintings by Cecilia Vicuna and Qiu Zhijie, contemporary video works by Akram Zaatari, Martine Syms, Wu Tsang, and Gillian Wearing; and contemporary photography works by Stan Douglas, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Ori Gersht, Simryn Gill, Lisa Oppenheim, Vik Muniz, and Laurel Nakadate. The total number of works acquired by SRGF in 2017 was 104.
$6.1m annual program spend • During 2017 SRGF directly operated two museums: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Both of these museums are open to the public to fulfill SRGF's mission. SRGF conducts tours of its exhibitions, and provides educational texts free of charge to all museum visitors. SRGM is open to the public one evening of each week on a Pay-What-You-Wish basis. In addition, students and senior citizens are offered reduced-price tickets and children under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge. (2017 combined attendance at SRGF and PGC was 1,327,192).