Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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Museumgoers Can Poop in This 18-Karat Gold Toilet

It's named 'America'

(Newser) - Consider it the No. 1 way to take a No. 2. New York's Guggenheim Museum on Friday swapped out a plain old porcelain toilet for a solid gold one in a private unisex washroom on its fourth floor and is allowing any paying visitor to use it, reports PIX... More »

Modernist Architect Gwathmey Dies at 71

(Newser) - Charles Gwathmey, who died of esophageal cancer at 71 this week, began his architectural career as a steely, pared-down Modernist and never wavered from his style over decades of work, writes the New York Times. His larger buildings, such as an extension to Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark Guggenheim Museum, were... More »

Opera Sounds Good, But How Does It Smell?

New work opening at Guggenheim blasts 23 scents at audience

(Newser) - A new opera premiering at the Guggenheim Museum in New York later this month will be a feast for the ears, the eyes—and the nose. Green Aria, a 30-minute "scent opera" years in the making, pairs music with 23 distinct odors blasted at the audience via individual... More »

Guggenheim Plays It Safe on Wright Show

The models are great, but Wright show disappoints

(Newser) - Fifty years after the death of Frank Lloyd Wright, historians and critics are still fighting over the legacy of an architect called in turns a genius and a megalomaniac. Now, a new exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York—one of Wright's last buildings—offers an anniversary retrospective of... More »

Guggenheim Taps Curator as New Chief

Pittsburgh's Armstrong heralds new direction for museum

(Newser) - The Guggenheim Foundation has chosen Richard Armstrong, the head of the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, as the museum's new director. He succeeds Thomas Krens, who established the Guggenheim as a global brand with branches in Europe and more planned in Asia and the Middle East. But Krens' commercialism and expansionist... More »

Wanted: Museum Director to Marry Art, Commerce

Unique job description complicates search for Guggenheim, Met, others

(Newser) - American museums are facing a shift in leadership, Newsweek reports, with 20 of the most prominent fine-art institutions—including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Guggenheim Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art—in search of directors. A "generational shift" has left institutions seeking specific qualifications: "Ideally... More »

Guggenheim Vegas Failure a Rare Stumble

Starchitect Koolhaas bears some blame for museum's woes: critic

(Newser) - Now that the shutdown of the Guggenheim Museum's Las Vegas satellites is complete, many in the art world are faulting museum leaders in New York for not understanding the realities of the Strip. But for one LA Times critic, it's not just the Guggenheim that misread Vegas. Rem Koolhaas, the... More »

Guggenheim Bilbao Honcho Embezzled $800K

Museum sues CFO after years of fraud

(Newser) - The Guggenheim Museum's outpost in Bilbao is suing its director of finance after he admitted embezzling $800,000 from the institution's coffers. In a long mea culpa letter to the museum's director, Robert Cearsolo Barrenetxea confessed that he had used bank transfers and fraudulent checks to line his own pockets... More »

Guggenheim's Vegas Gallery Craps Out

Art doesn't play on the Strip; museum outpost folds after 7 years

(Newser) - The Guggenheim Museum's second venue on the Las Vegas Strip is closing its doors after 7 years. The nonprofit satellite gallery, which presented works from both the New York museum and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, was housed in the decidedly for-profit Venetian Hotel. A larger space folded only 18... More »

Guggenheim Won't Be Turning Yellow

Wright wanted it, but landmarks commission says it stays off-white

(Newser) - When the construction wrappings come off, the Guggenheim Museum will be off-white again, not yellow, after an unusual preservation debate was settled by New York City's landmarks commission. Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Upper East Side museum was painted a buff yellow for its first four years—the architect famously hated... More »

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