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MapplethorpeMondays—Robert Mapplethorpe’s reputation as an exceptional portraitist was of central importance to his career. While the artist’s portraits of socialites helped him subsidize the more experimental parts of his practice, his photographs of fellow artists enabled him to make connections and build a creative community in and beyond New York. See this work in “Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now,” on view through July 10 and share your visit using Mapplethorpe. Image: “Andy Warhol” (1986)


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In the 30 years since his death, Robert Mapplethorpe has become a cultural icon. One of the most critically acclaimed and controversial artists of the late 20th century, he is widely known for daring imagery that deliberately transgresses social mores, and for the censorship debates that transpired around his work in the United States during the late 1980s and early 1990s. “Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now,” presents a yearlong look into the groundbreaking work of the New York photographer, with the first phase bringing together over 80 works from the Guggenheim’s rich collection, including the artist’s early Polaroids, depictions of the New York S&M scene, artist and celebrity friends, male and female nudes, flowers, and self-portraits. Learn more at Mapplethorpe Guggenheim


To our followers in Spain—don’t miss museoguggenheim’s exhibition, “Van Gogh to Picasso: The Thannhauser Legacy,” on view through March 24. The Thannhauser Collection, comprising the Guggenheim Foundation’s earliest holdings and featuring works by Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early modern masters, are exhibited for the first time outside of New York since the collection arrived at the Guggenheim in 1965. Learn more at ThannhauserGuggenheimBilbao Photos: Erika Barahona


Celebrate the first day of spring with HilmaAfKlint’s “Group II, The Eros Series, No. 5” (1907), on view in “Hilma af Klint: Paintings of the Future.” Plan your visit at Guggenheim


"As you summit the Guggenheim’s spiraling rotunda, it is as if the exhibition of the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) had suddenly exploded into 28 fragments, scattering small abstract paintings across the walls. This is R. H. Quaytman’s '+ x, Chapter 34,' a series of works made in 2018 in response to af Klint’s oeuvre from the last century Ms. Quaytman borrows af Klint’s symbolic vocabulary, including the handwritten '+' and 'x' on the first page of af Klint’s notebooks. Thoughtful and methodical, '+ x, Chapter 34' is a quiet show, a perfect coda to af Klint."— nytimes. Learn more about RHQuaytman in our Instagram Story ⬆️ 5WomenArtists Guggenheim WomensHistoryMonth


“Ah, the creative process is the same secret in science as it is in art. They are all the same absolutely“—Josef Albers, born today in 1888. An influential teacher, writer, painter, and color theorist, Albers was an important influence on generations of artists. On view through May 27, don’t miss "Josef Albers in Mexico" at the heardmuseum, featuring never-before-seen photographs and photo collages taken by the artist during his frequent trips to Mexico. Discover the pre-Columbian art and architecture that influenced the artist's abstract painting and prints, and fueled his innovative approach to photography. JosefAlbers Guggenheim


In 1992, ZahaHadid became the first architect tasked with designing a special exhibition in the Guggenheim rotunda. The bold design for "The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde, 1915-1932," at that point the largest exhibition the Guggenheim had ever mounted, alluded to the Russian avant-garde by incorporating sharp geometric shapes, including angled vitrines and a striking red wall that zigzagged down one of the ramps. Since opening in 1959, our Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum has served as inspiration for invention, challenging artists and architects to react to its eccentric, organic design. Follow Guggenheim60 to discover more artist interventions during our 60th anniversary year! Photos: David Heald Guggenheim


MapplethorpeMondays—Robert Mapplethorpe met Patti Smith ( thisispattismith) in 1967, and their lives became intertwined. The pair embarked on a lifelong relationship, first as lovers and then as friends and frequent collaborators, each having a profound impact on the formation of the other’s artistic identity. Smith, who has referred to the photographer as her “soul-twin,” described their symbiotic creative relationship as that of “artist and muse, a role that for both of us was interchangeable.” Mapplethorpe created many pictures of Smith throughout more than 20 years of friendship, and she is among his most photographed subjects. See this work in “Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now,” on view through July 10 and share your visit using Mapplethorpe. Image: “Patti Smith” (1979) Guggenheim


Artist Claire Falkenstein began her career working with clay and created a unique body of abstract ceramic sculptures. In the late 1940s she started working with alternative materials such as sheet aluminum, wire, glass, and plastic but is best known for her fusion of tangled copper and melted glass. Falkenstein was commissioned to create the gates of the 18th century Palazzo Venier de Leoni which now houses the Peggy Guggenheim Collection ( guggenheim_venice). The artist’s gates, consisting of a twisted web of metal and colored glass, is a beautiful addition to the museum, greeting visitors entering the Palazzo since 1961. Image: “Entrance Gates to the Palazzo” (1961) ClaireFalkenstein WomensHistoryMonth Guggenheim 5WomenArtists


In 1992, to inaugurate the Guggenheim's recent renovation, DanFlavin devised a special installation for the museum, fully realizing his career-long desire to reorient the perception of architecture through subtle permutations in ambiance rather than physical construction. Expanding a 1971 fluorescent light installation to fill the ramps, he also created a new piece, “untitled (to Tracy, to celebrate the love of a lifetime)”—a column that rose from the rotunda floor and suffused the space with a warm pink glow, exemplifying the artist's work with light, space, and color. Since opening in 1959, our Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum has served as inspiration for invention, challenging artists and architects to react to its eccentric, organic design. Follow Guggenheim60 to discover more artist interventions during our 60th anniversary year! Photos: David Heald Guggenheim


To our followers in Italy—don't miss guggenheim_venice’s exhibition, “From Gesture to Form. Postwar European and American Art from the Schulhof Collection,” on view through March 18. This exhibition provides insights into the art movements and styles that evolved and matured towards the end of World War II through to the 1980s, and includes works by Alberto Burri, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, Agnes Martin, and Ellsworth Kelly, among others. Learn more at SchulhofCollection Photos: Matteo de Fina PeggyGuggenheimCollection Guggenheim


MapplethorpeMondays—“For me, S&M means sex and magic, not sadomasochism.”—Robert Mapplethorpe. The artist’s photographs of men who participated in New York City’s S&M subcultures during the 1970s and ’80s are often considered to be near-documentary portrayals, but they nonetheless share the carefully crafted poses and rigorous formal choices characteristic of Mapplethorpe’s other compositions. Like many of Mapplethorpe’s portraits in the 1970s, this photograph features elements designed to elicit shock. The same-sex couple, posed in hyper masculine leather outfits, display bondage equipment that reinforces the perceived power imbalance suggested by their age difference. Most jarring, perhaps, is the mismatch between the sitters’ self-presentation and the conservative domestic setting in which this scene is staged, as Mapplethorpe locates the culturally taboo in the space of the everyday. Image: “Brian Ridley and Lyle Heeter” (1979) Guggenheim


Did you GuessTheArtist correctly? Here’s the full view of AmaliaPica ’s “A ∩ B ∩ C” (2013) . In 2013, Pica presented installation and performance “A ∩ B ∩ C” (reads as “A intersection B intersection C”), at the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City and invited performers to manipulate translucent colorful acrylic shapes in unexpected combinations, applying mathematical rules of intersection. Returned to the walls at the performance’s conclusion, the shapes seemed enriched with a new subversive communicative potential. GuggenheimCollection Guggenheim AmaliaPica


GuessTheArtist—central to this artist’s work is the problem of communication, which they explore by setting everyday objects alongside obsolete technologies such as shutter telegraphs, slide projectors, and 16 mm film. Comment your best guess below and we'll share the answer by the end of the day. Good luck!


Curators Tracey Bashkoff and David Horowitz ( davidhorowitz) answer your questions about HilmaAfKlint. Check out our Instagram Story! ⬆️ “Hilma af Klint kept her groundbreaking, exuberant paintings largely private and, convinced the world was not yet ready to understand her work, stipulated that it not be shown for 20 years following her death. I prefer to think of this decision as a deliberate act of agency—af Klint was deeply aware of how boundary defying her works were, and she was determined to find an audience that would be receptive to them, even if it meant waiting.”—Tracey Bashkoff, Director of Collections and Senior Curator InternationalWomensDay WomensHistoryMonth 5WomenArtists Guggenheim IWD2019


In 1989 MarioMerz created a massive new sculpture called "Unreal City" for his retrospective in the museum's rotunda. Merz used the hemispherical form of the igloo—a transitory dwelling—frequently in his work to express his faith in the liberating powers of restlessness with the world and its values. "Unreal City" embodies both beauty and violence: the shards of broken glass clamped onto this fragmented edifice are at once delicate and dangerous. The work's title relates to the intensely subjective, surreal quality of Merz’s art, which, as it shifts nomadically between locations, styles, or mediums, conjures theaters of meaning in the mind. Since opening in 1959, our Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum has served as inspiration for invention, challenging artists and architects to react to its eccentric, organic design. Follow Guggenheim60 to discover more artist interventions during our 60th anniversary year! Photo: David Heald Guggenheim


During MapplethorpeMondays, we’re highlighting works from “Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now,” on view through July 10. Which of Robert Mapplethorpe’s works is intriguing to you? It has often been said that Robert Mapplethorpe was his own favorite subject. Throughout his artistic career, Mapplethorpe utilized the genre of self-portraiture to explore notions of identity, and photographed himself consistently throughout his life. In these works, the artist embodies a range of possible gender expressions, including the surly hypermasculinity of a leather-jacketed bad boy and a highly feminine look featuring makeup and feathered hair. Mapplethorpe’s ability to shift fluidly among poses speaks to his understanding that gender is socially constructed. Images: Self Portrait (1980); Self Portrait (1980); Self Portrait (1981) Mapplethorpe Guggenheim


Self-identifying as a “visual activist,” Zanele Muholi ( muholizanele) makes searing photographic portraits and self-portraits that give form to her advocacy on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community in her native South Africa. Her black and white images, celebrating the individuality of each of her subjects, is in direct response to the radical disconnect in post-apartheid South Africa between the equality promised by its 1996 Constitution and the often violent bigotry toward members of the LGBTI community. Even though South Africa made same-sex marriage legal in 2006, violence against queer women is still frequent. Muholi’s “Faces and Phases” (2006-) celebrates Black lesbians in an ongoing series of photographic portraits that, by now, number more than three hundred. View Muholi’s work at the Guggenheim in the second part of “Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now,” on view July 4. Image: “Zimaseka ‘Zim’ Salusalu, Gugulethu, Cape Town” (2011) ZaneleMuholi WomensHistoryMonth Guggenheim 5WomenArtists


With the release of Solange's ( saintrecords) new album, we look back at her breathtaking 2017 performance that transformed the Guggenheim's iconic rotunda. “An Ode To,” an interdisciplinary visual extension of her third album "A Seat at the Table,” was created in collaboration with the RBMA Festival. Photos: Carlota Guerrero, Carys Huws, Krisanne Johnson Guggenheim FrankLloydWright Solange


“I've experienced yoga classes in some iconic New York City places—Times Square, Central Park, and now the Guggenheim! It was so surreal to look up and see the museum’s oculus that I almost didn't want to shut my eyes for savasana (I did, but maybe I took a few quick peeks). Live classical music in the museum's rotunda with the yoga class, followed by a walk up the ramps to see the spiritual work of Hilma af Klint was such a peaceful way to start my Saturday.”—Gugg visitor josie_rubio, who attended The Art of Yoga presented with bustle and flavorpill. FrankLloydWrightFridays Guggenheim FrankLloydWright Architecture NewYorkCity TheArtofYoga


Hank Willis Thomas ( hankwillisthomas) manipulates archival images to explore issues of race, personal identity and the exclusionary way in which history has been told. “Freedom Now (III)” is part of his 2018 body of work “What We Ask Is Simple,” which appropriates images of 20th century protests in Africa, North America, and Europe to comment on the contemporary sociopolitical climate. Thomas renders the image in retroreflective vinyl so that it initially appears as a white monochromatic triptych, with only slightly visible silhouettes of figures. Once activated with light (swipe left to reveal), the indiscriminate silhouettes reveal a group of protesters during the 1960s Civil Rights movement, their expressions passionate and their protest signs illuminated with powerful sentiments of resistance. BlackHistoryMonth Artwork: Hank Willis Thomas, “Freedom Now (III)” (2018) HankWillisThomas GuggenheimCollection Guggenheim


Happy birthday to Frank Gehry, architect of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ( MuseoGuggenheim)! When it opened in 1997, Gehry's design with its distinctive titanium curves and soaring glass atrium was hailed as the most important building of its time. The building’s glass atrium refers to the famous rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wright’s New York Guggenheim, and Gehry’s use of cutting-edge computer-aided design technology enabled him to create spaces unlike any others for the presentation of art. Photo: David Heald Guggenheim FrankLloydWright FrankGehry


It’s about to get kinky on the Upper East Side! Set in our iconic rotunda, the YCCParty on April 11 will include performative interventions throughout the evening choreographed by artist brendanfernandes. Join us as Fernandes explores notions of desire, labor, and power by combining classical ballet techniques with shibari, the Japanese art of rope bondage. Purchase tickets at All proceeds directly support the acquisition of new works by emerging artists for the Guggenheim's collection. Generous support for the 2019 Collectors Party is provided by landrover


Our staff and visitors are sharing their reflections on HilmaAfKlint. How has af Klint’s work inspired you? Guggenheim Visitor, Katie Woodward ( ramblingsketcher)—“It’s rare I’ll want to return to an exhibition, but the Hilma af Klint exhibition deserved a second look.” See “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future” through April 23, and share your visit using HilmaAfKlint. Sketch by Katie Woodward Guggenheim