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Guggenheim Museum in NYC captured by Lorenzo Zandri
Zuzanna Gasior
Oct 4, 2022

Through the sensitive eyes of photographer Lorenzo Zandri, this photographic series captures the Guggenheim Museum in the morning summer sun.

The building probably does not require an introduction. It is considered to be one of the most iconic museums in the world. On first encounter, it may inspire awe among minimalists, but it was not so obvious 63 years ago.

Some New York art critics have expressed shock at the concept, claiming that the building itself will barbarically affect the neighborhood. Even though the museum was intended to hold contemporary art, the prominent avant-garde artists signed a petition opposing it.

"Somebody said the museum out here on Fifth Avenue looked like a washing machine," Wright said. "Well, I've heard a lot of that type of reaction, and I've always discounted it as worthless, and I think it is."

Solomon R. Guggenheim invited Frank Lloyd Wright to embody the vision for the first New York–based venue for the display of art - the Museum of Non-Objective Painting. Which was driven by the need to create a new kind of space for new art, that Guggenheim and his curator asked Wright for what they called a "Temple of Spirit".

The building's general and dominant shape comes from its pure functionality. Inside Its unique ramp gallery extends up from ground level in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building to end just under the ceiling skylight. The building underwent extensive expansion and renovations in 1992 when an adjoining tower was built, and from 2005 to 2008.

“The general exterior images have been shot in the morning light of Solstice Day in June. On the interior atmosphere, my attention focused more on hidden or unseen moments inside the space rather than the iconic skylight or the human interaction in it. The human presence is implied or barely recognizable in some objects, moments and episodes" explains the Lorenzo Zandri.

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Zuzanna Gasior
Oct 4, 2022

Through the sensitive eyes of photographer Lorenzo Zandri, this photographic series captures the Guggenheim Museum in the morning summer sun.

The building probably does not require an introduction. It is considered to be one of the most iconic museums in the world. On first encounter, it may inspire awe among minimalists, but it was not so obvious 63 years ago.

Some New York art critics have expressed shock at the concept, claiming that the building itself will barbarically affect the neighborhood. Even though the museum was intended to hold contemporary art, the prominent avant-garde artists signed a petition opposing it.

"Somebody said the museum out here on Fifth Avenue looked like a washing machine," Wright said. "Well, I've heard a lot of that type of reaction, and I've always discounted it as worthless, and I think it is."

Solomon R. Guggenheim invited Frank Lloyd Wright to embody the vision for the first New York–based venue for the display of art - the Museum of Non-Objective Painting. Which was driven by the need to create a new kind of space for new art, that Guggenheim and his curator asked Wright for what they called a "Temple of Spirit".

The building's general and dominant shape comes from its pure functionality. Inside Its unique ramp gallery extends up from ground level in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building to end just under the ceiling skylight. The building underwent extensive expansion and renovations in 1992 when an adjoining tower was built, and from 2005 to 2008.

“The general exterior images have been shot in the morning light of Solstice Day in June. On the interior atmosphere, my attention focused more on hidden or unseen moments inside the space rather than the iconic skylight or the human interaction in it. The human presence is implied or barely recognizable in some objects, moments and episodes" explains the Lorenzo Zandri.

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