Monday, May 14, 2007

Guggenheim Museum

I went to the Guggenheim Museum last Friday, which is located on 5th Avenue and 89th Street in the Upper East Side. The spectacular structure that houses the museum was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959 and today, it is still one of the most distinct and recognizable buildings in New York City.

The museum was undergoing an extensive exterior renovation so I was not able to get a good photo of the building because of the scaffoldings and wire nettings. However, I was able to take some great photos of the interior architecture. Photography of the art work was prohibited. In fact, we were allowed to use the camera in the lobby area only.

The permanent art collection at the Guggenheim Museum is fairly small compared to the other museums in New York City. It relies extensively on special exhibitions of selected works borrowed from other museums to attract its visitors.

Has anyone been to the New York City Guggenheim Museum? What do you think of it?

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

i went there at the end of December. The special exhibition was From El Greto to Piscasso. I like the form of special exhibition, coz you can see some great works gathered from all over the world.

Olivier said...

superbe, cette toile d'araignée du Guggenheim. Un musée vraiment grandiose


superb, this cobweb of Guggenheim. A really imposing museum

Emily Lin said...

I've never been there before but I think it must has many great art piece there. Nice cobweb-like design.

Belinda said...

Great shot Ming! Did they hold the NY premier of Spiderman 3 here?? I can just picture Toby McGuire in full costume "sticking" to the webbed glass ceiling, before plummeting onto the red spotlit carpet, only to emerge in a stunningly cut tuxedo..... ;o)

Chuckeroon said...

..saw it in 1965 at time of World Fair. This roof is a bit Victorian, isn't it. Nice shot.

Inside the coffee mug there is a nice little blue whale...you spotted his tale.

Dsole said...

Oh, I haven't been to New York yet!!
:_(
I hope someday... I'm young enough hehe But thanks to you I visit NY everyday! :)

Abraham Lincoln said...

A nice photo and the narrative was great to read. I knew about Frank Lloyd Wright before and some of his work is classical. Some would say "most of it" but some isn't in my view.

I wanted to thank you for your visits to my blog. Thanks.

Rafe Totengco said...

that's a great shot. love the Guggenheim.

stilettoheights said...

love the pic!!!!!

I was so spoiled in my old town we had 2 Frank Lloyd Wright Houses, one was open to the public for tours, I went all the time, loved it!

Oh for the love of food! said...

Great photo, Ming, Love the design and idea of the energy saving sky light. Very practical!

pom d'api said...

HI !! Very beautiful photos and angle de vue. I am going to the venis gugenheim museum and I loved go to here

Annie said...

What a wonderful feature in this place. As if it needed more beauty for the eye!!!

April said...

There seems to be a very interesting cupola, good for photographers.

angela said...

I've never even been to the USA but I would come just to get another view of that lobby: fabulous, simply fabulous.
Angela

GMG said...

I love the Guggenheim 5th Ave. My first time there was in 79 and I posted some pics at http://blogtrotta80s.blogspot.com/2006/07/arts-in-new-york-may-1979.html (sorry I never learned how to make a decent link on comments...). Great museum, fantastic building!

Paz said...

I love this shot!

Paz

Z said...

I've been there twice. I don't know that I care for the art that I saw there, I went mostly for the building!

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

Grreeaaat Ming, I hoped you would have showed us this wonderful Museum. I'm so lucky to have had chance to visit it on March 1982 and few month later I visited Palazzo Venier in Venice too :-)

Nathalie said...

Never been there, would love to.
Great framing on this photo!

tigerfish said...

Is this museum dome-shaped from the outside?

Keropok Man said...

no, have not been to NYC.

would love to go one day.
i want to especially see the small little zoo you said at central park. i am still too engrossed with the cartoon! hehe...

TCho said...

oh while the building is amazing, it's just about the worst place to see an exhibit. the lighting is terrible and the upward walking is exhausting! Lol.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

tcho - The trick is to take the elevator to the 6th floor and walk down. That's what I did. :-)

Sonia said...

Just great photo! Love also the perspective! I've never been there before, unfortunately! Maybe some day...

Todd HellsKitchen said...

Last summer they had a pretty good exhibition of Maplethorpe works...

AinZ said...

though you couldn't take pictures of the artwork inside, the lobby itself looks like a work of art! nice shot!