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Architecture of the Guggenheim Museum Building

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in New York City, United States.

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Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to create a new dwelling for Solomon Guggenheim’s Museum of Non-Objective Painting. The result testifies not only to Wright's architectural genius, although both Wright and Guggenheim died bfore its completion. Wright wanted anywhere but overbuilt New York, choosing Central Park to be as close as possible. The Guggenheim Museum is an embodiment of Wright's attempts to render the inherent plasticity of organic forms in architecture. His inverted ziggurat contradicts conventional museum design, putting his unique stamp on Modernist Architecture's rigid geometry. The building is a symphony of triangles, ovals, arcs, circles, and squares. The meticulous vision took decades to be fulfilled. Some have criticized Wright for a museum that overpowers the art inside.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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