Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the cylindrical museum building, wider at the top than the bottom, was conceived as a “temple of the spirit” and is one of the 20th century’s most important architectural landmarks. The building opened on October 21, 1959, replacing rented spaces used by the museum since its founding. Its unique ramp gallery extends from just under the skylight in the ceiling in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building until it reaches the ground level. The building underwent extensive expansion and renovations from 1992 to 1993 (when an adjoining tower was built) and from 2005 to 2008. The museum’s collection has grown organically, over eight decades, and is founded upon several important private collections, beginning with Solomon R. Guggenheim’s original collection. The collection is shared with the museum’s sister museums in Bilbao, Spain, and elsewhere.
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I’ve enjoyed my first visit to your site. Thanks. I’ll be back.
Your photo of the Guggenheim reminds me of a post about a bird’s nest that I wrote at a photoblog I kept for five years. The blog was about a small pond in New England. I became fascinated at one time with the structure of birds nests that would be visible when winter came and there were no leaves left on the trees. One of the nest I called the Guggenheim because of its physical structure. Like the Guggenheim, the nest was layered in rings, the widest at the top. I wondered if Frank Lloyd Wright drew inspiration from nature (among many other things).
I posted about that nest and others:
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Thank you very much, Mary!!
Great thoughts! Architecture takes from many aspirations as you say!
It’s a domain which is resonating principles from other domains.
Hope you’ll be back soon and i look very much fwd your comments!