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Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim

Edited with text by Megan Fontanella. Text by Tracey Bashkoff, Susan Davidson, Vivien Greene, Lauren Hinkson, Susan Thompson, Jeffrey Weiss.

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim

The story of the pioneering collectors and artists behind the Guggenheim's radical collection

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim celebrates the late 19th- and early 20th-century masterworks at the core of the institution’s holdings, and the trailblazers—artists and early patrons alike—whose contributions helped define the forward-looking identity of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Central to Visionaries is the story of museum founder Solomon R. Guggenheim, who with support from his trusted advisor, Hilla Rebay, become a great champion of “nonobjective” art and assembled a radical collection against the backdrop of economic crisis and war in the 1930s and ’40s.

A lead catalog essay by museum curator Megan Fontanella explores Solomon Guggenheim’s fascinating activities in this period, together with that of five similarly pioneering art patrons whose personal holdings would become essential components of the foundation collection: Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early School of Paris artworks from Justin K. Thannhauser; the eclectic Expressionist inventory of émigré art dealer Karl Nierendorf; the incomparable abstract and Surrealist paintings and sculptures from self-proclaimed “art addict” Peggy Guggenheim; and key modern examples from the estates of artists Katherine S. Dreier and Rebay. Alongside vibrant illustrations of works by such iconic artists as Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock, Visionaries also features essays by six curators examining touchstone works from the foundation collection.


Megan Fontanella is Associate Curator of Collections and Provenance at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Vivien Greene is Senior Curator of 19th- and Early 20th-Century Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Jeffrey Weiss is Senior Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Susan Thompson is Assistant Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Tracey Bashkoff is Senior Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Lauren Hinkson is Assistant Curator for Collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Susan Davidson is Senior Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

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Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim

In 1936, Hilla von Rebay—artist, cofounder and first director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum—wrote, "The importance of a collection does not lie in its valuable pictures alone, for anyone with great wealth may acquire the most famous ones. The real value of a collection lies in its organic growth and selection, expressing the personality of the collector.” Published to accompany the exhibition Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim, opening tomorrow, this gorgeous, generous, historical volume tells the story of the pioneering collectors and artists behind the museum's formation and radical early collection. Featured photograph is of Solomon Guggenheim's private suite in the Plaza Hotel in New York, circa 1937, hung with Vasily Kandinsky’s "Komposition 8" (1923), Fernand Léger’s "Composition [état definitive]" (1925) and various Kandinsky watercolors. continue to blog


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