The Countryside at the Guggenheim

The iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum is home to contemporary art and architecture. The outside of the building is as much a masterpiece as the works and exhibits it houses.

Once again, the Covid restrictions worked to our advantage giving us plenty of time and ample space to enjoy the exhibits with almost no other patrons. There were several exhibits including a Jackson Pollock. This exhibit features a mural and paintings where he used brushes instead of his famous drip technique. It includes his largest painting.

Another exhibit, The Fullness of Color, has works by abstract artists from the 1960s. Several different techniques were used to apply paint to the canvas. These artists pushed color and form to new limits.

The largest exhibit covering every surface of the rotunda and tower is titled: Countryside, the Future. It is a group effort lead by the architect Rem Koolhaas. The show explains that only 2% of the earth’s surface is considered city. Each turn of the ramp addresses the countryside in terms of changes in ecosystems, migration, leisure and other issues that alter landscapes across the world.

The ceilings, walkways and floors are covered in phrases that draw your attention to the many screens, robots and collages.
The transformation of the land is explored as art, function and experiment.

It is a fascinating exhibit and it is nice to take a break at every turn to see the special exhibits and pieces from the museum’s permanent collection.

The Guggenheim has always been committed to innovation across the globe. This exhibit addresses the present and the future of our ever shrinking countryside. The building and the exhibits are always a nice way to spend a day.

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