Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, February 10 – September 6, 2017

“On the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim features more than 170 modern objects from the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. Assembling many of the foundation’s most iconic works along with treasures by artists less familiar, this celebratory exhibition explores avant-garde innovations of the late nineteenth through mid-twentieth centuries, as well as the groundbreaking activities of six pioneering arts patrons who brought to light some of the most significant artists of their day and established the Guggenheim Foundation’s identity as a forward-looking institution. Visionaries includes important works by artists such as Alexander Calder, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Fernand Léger, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Vincent van Gogh.” — Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Edgar Degas, Dancers in Green and Yellow (Danseuses vertes et jaunes), ca. 1903

Edgar Degas. Dancers in Green and Yellow, ca. 1903. Pastel and charcoal on several pieces of tracing paper, mounted to paperboard, 98.8 x 71.5 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Thannhauser Collection, Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser, 1978

Oak, 48 5/8 x 9 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches, base: 11 x 13 x 14 5/8 inches

Constantin Brancusi. Little French Girl (The First Step [III]) (La jeune fille française), ca. 1914–18. Oak, 152.4 x 38.7 x 32.4 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Estate of Katherine S. Dreier, 1953 © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris Photo: David Heald

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Paul Klee. Red Balloon (Roter Ballon), 1922. Oil (and oil transfer drawing?) on chalk-primed gauze, mounted on board, 31.7 x 31.1 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Estate of Karl Nierendorf, By purchase, 1948 © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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Vasily Kandinsky. Composition 8 (Komposition 8), July 1923. Oil on canvas, 140 x 201 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, By gift, 1937 © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Piet Mondrian, Composition No. 1: Lozenge with Four Lines, 1930

Piet Mondrian. Composition No. 1: Lozenge with Four Lines, 1930. Oil on canvas, 75.2 x 75.2 cm, vertical axis: 105 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Hilla Rebay Collection, 1971 © 2016 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust

Woman with Yellow Hair

Pablo Picasso. Woman with Yellow Hair (Femme aux cheveux jaunes), Paris, December 1931. Oil on canvas, 100 x 81 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Thannhauser Collection, Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser, 1978 © 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Paul Delvaux, The Break of Day (L'Aurore), July 1937

Paul Delvaux. The Break of Day (L’aurore), July 1937. Oil on canvas, 120 x 150.5 cm. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, 1976 © 2017 Foundation Paul Delvaux, Sint-Idesbald—ARS/SABAM Belgium

Max Ernst, The Antipope, December 1941–March 1942

Max Ernst. The Antipope, December 1941–March 1942. Oil on canvas, 160.8 x 127.1 cm. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, 1976 © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Perle Fine Polyphonic (1945)

Perle Fine. Polyphonic, 1945. Oil on canvas, 96.5 x 111.8 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Estate of Karl Nierendorf, By purchase, 1948 © 2017 A. E. Artworks, LLC

Post-restoration Jackson Pollock Alchemy

Jackson Pollock. Alchemy, 1947. Oil, aluminum, alkyd enamel paint with sand, pebbles, fibers, and broken wooden sticks on canvas, 114.6 x 221.3 cm. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, 1976 © 2016 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

katherinedreier-portrait

Katherine S. Dreier in the Société Anonyme collection exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, January 13–February 23, 1942. Courtesy Katherine S. Dreier Papers/Société Anonyme Archive, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Dreier Papers/Société Anonyme Archive)

Catalog information for Robert Motherwell Early Collages Exhibition September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014

Peggy Guggenheim seated on a Correalist Rocker, Surrealist Gallery, Art of This Century, New York, ca. 1942 From left: René Magritte, Voice of Space (La voix des airs, 1931); Leonor Fini, The Shepherdess of the Sphinxes (1941); Leonora Carrington, The Horses of Lord Candlestick (1938); and Joan Mirò, Dutch Interior II (Intérieur hollandaise, summer 1928) © AP Photos. Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, 2017

solomonguggenheim-portrait

Solomon R. Guggenheim at the Plaza Hotel, New York, ca. 1937, with Rudolf Bauer’s Andante (from Tetraptychon: Symphony in Four Movements, 1926–30) Photo: Underwood and Underwood Studios, New York, courtesy HvRF Archives

karlnierendorf-portrait

Karl Nierendorf holding a Mexican sculpture, 1934. Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

justinthannhauser-portrait

Justin K. Thannhauser in his private residence, New York, November 1957, with Pablo Picasso’s Fernande with a Black Mantilla (Fernande à la mantille noire, 1905–06, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum). Courtesy ZADIK

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Hilla Rebay in her studio at Franton Court, Greens Farms, Connecticut, ca. 1946 © 2017 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim is organized by Megan Fontanella, Curator, Collections and Provenance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, with support from Ylinka Barotto, Curatorial Assistant, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. This exhibition was made possible by Lavazza.

Images courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.