Happy birthday @JeffKoons! Do you know how many flowers does it take to give Koons's “Puppy” a new coat? Standing guard at @museoguggenheim since the museum’s inauguration in 1997, the 40-foot-tall topiary sculpture of a West Highland white terrier receives a makeover twice a year in May and October. All of the plants that make up the sculpture’s exterior are replaced with fresh seasonal varieties, including pansies for the fall and winter, and begonias, impatiens, and petunias for the spring and summer. This complex transformation requires 20 people and 9 days to complete with approximately 38,000 new flowers in hues of red and pink. #MuseoGuggenheim
Gugg staff photo: Ann (@annsteady3000), 2018 Intern—"When I actually saw the building and walked on the ramps I’ve seen so many times in pictures and videos, I was part of the whole. I had one of those moments when you see everything colliding: the building, the artworks, the history, the city! Architect and theorist Bernard Tschumi described the very nature of architecture as something that cannot be reached frontally, but requiring analogies, metaphors, or roundabout routes in order to be grasped. At this moment it felt like I got it.” #FrankLloydWrightFridays
Our staff and visitors are sharing their reflections on #HilmaAfKlint. What is your favorite artwork and why?
Guggenheim Interactive Producer, Josie (@josie_rubio)—”Among my personal favorites are the paintings in ‘Group IX/UW, The Dove,’ particularly No. 13, because it matches my oldest tattoo! In the lower right, there’s a Libra symbol that I have on my shoulder. I love the planetary and astrological elements to this painting, as well as small angels in the center that draw from illuminated medieval paintings. That Hilma af Klint envisioned her work in a spiral temple and her work is now displayed at the Guggenheim always gives me chills. I also learned in the timeline of her life at the museum that she once lived in a place I recently visited: Helsingborg, Sweden. I’ve taken several friends to this exhibition and they’ve all had their minds blown.” See “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future” through April 23, 2019 and share your visit using #HilmaAfKlint. #Guggenheim
Since opening in 1959, our Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum has served as inspiration for invention, challenging artists and architects to react to its eccentric, organic design. Follow #Guggenheim60 to discover more artist interventions during our 60th anniversary year! __ On November 7, 1969 @MeredithMonk presented "Juice: A Theatre Cantata in Three Installments,” the first work of live art made specifically for Frank Lloyd Wright's spiraling rotunda. The piece was hailed by critics as “nothing short of brilliant” and a “divine experience.” Revolving around the notion of a journey, this dynamic, complex, and interactive performance disrupted the traditionally passive role of the audience by asking them to move around the space and discover performers in varied tableaux and set pieces. #Guggenheim Photos: Peter Moore, V. Sladon
__ Huxtable combines and reinvents cultural histories, questioning the presentation and perception of identity in artworks that often use her own body. In this work, the surrounding landscape and the references to Nubian and Egyptian cultures recall a style of portraiture popular in African-American communities, highlighting an aspirational and triumphant portrayal of black identity. At the same time, by adopting an overtly feminized and sexualized posture, the artist, who was born intersex and raised male, emphasizes her body, at once celebrating it and interrogating normative attitudes toward gender and queer sexuality. #GuggenheimCollection#Guggenheim#JulianaHuxtable
Starting January 25, we invite you explore the work of groundbreaking New York photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe. One of the most critically acclaimed yet controversial artists of the late twentieth century, Mapplethorpe’s powerful body of work includes documentation of the New York S&M scene, artist and celebrity friends, male and female nudes, flowers, as well as self-portraits. Learn more at guggenheim.org/mapplethorpe. #Mapplethorpe
To our followers in Italy—don't miss @guggenheim_venice's homage exhibition “1948 Biennale of Peggy Guggenheim,” closing on January 14. 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the landmark exhibition of Peggy Guggenheim’s collection in the Greek Pavilion at the 24th Venice Biennale. This milestone event was commemorated by partially recreating the setting of the pavilion in the museum’s Project Rooms through documents, photographs, letters, and for the first time a three-dimensional model of the pavilion installation #BiennaleArchitettura2018
Our staff and visitors are sharing their reflections on #HilmaAfKlint. What is your favorite part of the exhibition?
Guggenheim Visitor, Charlene (@delicate_arsenal)—"Viewing af Klint’s work in person was such an inspiring and impressive experience. My favorite part was ‘The Swan’ series.” __ See “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future” through April 23, 2019 and share your visit using #HilmaAfKlint for a chance to be featured. #Guggenheim
To our followers in Italy—it's your final week to see @guggenheim_venice’s exhibition “OSVALDO LICINI. Let Sheer Folly Sweep Me Away.” This retrospective retraces the disruptive and artistic path of Osvaldo Licini, a protagonist of Italian and international modernism. Learn more at guggenheim-venice.it. #OsvaldoLicini __ Photos: Matteo de Fina #PeggyGuggenheimCollection#Guggenheim