Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Current & Upcoming
November 4, 2016 – March 26, 2017
Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design proposes a fresh look at the internationally recognized designer and examines his work in the Parisian cultural context between the wars to highlight his circle of influential patrons, engagement with the period’s foremost artists, and designs for the film industry. Chareau and his wife were keenly interested in contemporary art, and the exhibition reunites several pieces from their collection of paintings, sculptures, and drawings by significant artists such as Piet Mondrian, Amedeo Modigliani, Max Ernst, Jacques Lipchitz, and Robert Motherwell.
The exhibition also explores the enduring consequences of Chareau’s flight from Nazi persecution, the dispersal of many of the works he designed during and after World War II, and his attempts to rebuild his career while in exile in New York during the 1940s, including the house he designed for Robert Motherwell in 1947 in East Hampton, Long Island.
February 10 – September 6, 2017
On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the institution will display in the rotunda over 170 modern works from the permanent collections held in New York and Venice. Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim will explore not only avant-garde innovations from the late 19th through mid-20th centuries, but also the radical activities of six patrons who brought to light some of the most significant artists of their day. Foremost is the museum’s founder, Solomon R. Guggenheim (1861–1949), who with support from his trusted advisor, the German-born artist Hilla Rebay (1890–1967), set aside a more traditional collecting focus to become a great champion of nonobjective art—a strand of abstraction with spiritual aims and epitomized by the work of Vasily Kandinsky. Assembled against the backdrop of economic crisis and war in the 1930s and 1940s, Guggenheim’s unparalleled modern holdings formed the basis of his foundation, established in 1937 for the public good.
More from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
September 5, 2015 – March 6, 2016
Mounted in celebration of the centennial of the artist’s birth, this one-room exhibition presents thirteen works by the pioneering Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell from his seminal series Elegies to the Spanish Republic. The exhibition features the Fine Arts Museums’ painting At Five in the Afternoon (1950), one of the earliest works in the series, as well as prints from the artist’s books in the Achenbach collections. Additional works from the series are drawn from other local private and public collections.
October 14, 2016 - December 9, 2016
An occasion to experience and think through the procedures of printmaking -- combining the techniques of collage, lithography, and etching, to name a few -- as it increasingly captured Motherwell’s imagination in his mid-late career.