The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

David Heald, photographer, Frank Gehry: Architect, May 18 – September 4, 2001. Photograph: © 2012 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

The Artstor Digital Library is collaborating with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to share approximately 7,000 images of major artworks, exhibition installation views, and architecture. There will be 1,000 images of objects from the Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection, which is known for its superb holdings in modern and contemporary art by Louise Bourgeois, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Paul Klee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Cindy Sherman, and Vincent van Gogh among many others. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum holds approximately 600 artworks that were gifted to the museum by Solomon Guggenheim between 1937 (the year of the formation of the foundation) and 1949, or purchased by the foundation during those years. These works form the core of the Guggenheim's holdings, with such masterpieces as Franz Marc's Yellow Cow (1911) and Vasily Kandinsky's Composition 8 (1923), among the first paintings Solomon purchased for his art collection following his visit to Kandinsky's studio in 1929.

In addition, the Foundation will be sharing 5,000 installation views spanning from 1990's to the present from the Guggenheim Museum in New York, including documentation of seminal exhibitions such as: Ellsworth Kelly: A Retrospective; The Worlds of Nam June Paik; James Rosenquist: A Retrospective; Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle; and Kandinsky. Finally, there will be a unique collection of more than 1,000 installations views from the museums in Bilbao and Venice, and 200 historical and contemporary photographs documenting the architecture of these three museum buildings.

"The Guggenheim is pleased to join Artstor in sharing the breadth and diversity of the Guggenheim Foundation's collection and archives with the educational community," stated Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Education has been a central mandate of the Guggenheim since its founding in 1937. Through this collaboration, the museum further expands its reach by providing digital access to works in our collection, documentation of major exhibitions, and architectural photography of the Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry buildings."

Christine Kuan, Artstor's Chief Curatorial Officer and Vice President for External Affairs, states: "These important images from the Guggenheim's superb collections will be widely taught and studied via Artstor Digital Library's network of educational and scholarly users—impacting current and future generations of students, scholars, curators, and researchers around the world for many years to come."

Since its inception in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has been a preeminent institution for the collection, preservation, and research of modern and contemporary art. The global network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has expanded since 1997 to include several other museums, most prominently the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Each constituent museum unites distinguished architecture with great artworks, a tradition that has become a Guggenheim hallmark. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is home to a renowned collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art while the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice houses one of the most important collections of early 20th century European and American art in Italy. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry features a permanent collection that spans from the mid-twentieth century to the present day, concentrating on post-war painting and sculpture in America and Europe.