US art: Guggenheim

Venue: Guggenheim Art Museum, New York City

Lens: Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4

Music: Maurice Ravel – Boléro (

On my recent US trip I visited plenty of art museums and exhibitions, mostly in New York City, and decided to assemble a series of posts with art pieces and occasionally the people and places surrounding them. Most of the art you’ll see is quite modern and abstract so it’s open for various interpretations and might not appeal to everyone. Yet this first post in the series is probably the least controversial as it features extremely famous and well established works mostly from the first part of 20th century exhibited in the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan’s Upper East side. Paradoxically with the title of the series I chose, Guggenheim’s art pieces are predominantly European and there’s very little connection to the American continent except for the venue (with one notable exception, let’s see if you spot it). To make things more fun for the reader, I decided to give three small riddles in the photo comments below in order to challenge the artistically inclined people among you. Enjoy and good luck with the answers!

Even if the Guggenheim museum is packed with amazing art pieces, it’s probably most recognizable for the iconic spiral shaped building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The various paintings and sculptures you’ll see are exhibited along the spiralling pathway that curves upwards.
Vasily Kandinsky - Black lines
We start the art tour with the famous “black lines” of Vassily Kandinsky who is one of the best represented artists in the Guggenheim museum…
Pablo Picasso
..along with the hardly-mistakable Pablo Picasso, here with his “woman with yellow hair”.
Marc Chagall
Another hardly mistakable artist, Marc Chagall, with his highly non-standard view of Paris on the left and drinking soldier on the right.
Naum Gabo
Maybe very slightly less famous than the previous three artists, but at least equally abstract – Naum Gabo.
Robert Delaunay
Another abstract artist’s view of Paris – Robert Delaunay and his impression of the Eiffel tower.
Piet Mondrian
A wider shot of the museum visitors and in particular two of the famous “compositions” of Piet Mondrian. And here comes my first and easiest riddle for today – what is the relation between the music I chose and almost all the art pieces and artists here?
Nude - Amedeo Modigliani
Another famous artist, Amedeo Modigliani, chose to depict less abstract subjects in comparison to his good friend Picasso. I find a strange resemblance between the two women on the photo, don’t you think?
Oskar Fischinger
This is Oskar Fischinger with his untitled work. He’s one of the odd ones out that doesn’t fit in riddle 1 that I stated above.
Untitled II
And here comes the second riddle which has nothing to do with the Rolling Stones fan on focus: who is the author of the painting behind?
Modern art
A piece of pure wisdom that I found in the museum shop.
Vasily Kandinsky - Composition 8
Another abstract composition related to the last riddle: who created the painting and what is the number associated with it?
Jackson Pollock
Getting to the very top of the spiral pathway in Guggenheim and the final piece of abstract art, one finally reaches the unfathomable style of Jackson Pollock and the end of this art journey.



65 thoughts on “US art: Guggenheim

  1. Gorgeous. I have only been to Bilbao – and that too was gorgeous. Not very good at painters even if i enjoy their art…but the last it a Miró? I will never see this myself, so thank you for the show.

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  2. This is both fun exciting !! Promise!!! I have not read the other comments, yet.
    1. I guess pop art. 2. To me, it’s Picasso, but I’m still pretty sure it’s not, that would be too easy. 3. Miro:-)

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  4. Very good. You had a good selection. Expos sometimes come and go.
    1) ravel: contemporary of most. He died in the late 30’s
    2) “Rolling stones” painting: Picasso. Even blurred
    3) Kandinski. 🙂 I use that very painting as the cover of a short story of mine: Piano.
    Thanks for the tour. Next: MOMA?

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    1. All three answers are spot on, well done! You’re definitely the winner of the photo-puzzle!
      For 1) there’s the extra fact that apart from contemporary to most, Ravel also lived in Paris, just like almost all of them.
      For 3) the number going with the painting is 8, no idea why but that’s the name 🙂
      Next: Whitney and MOMA, and MFA Boston

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  5. When in college, I read about Guggenheim as one of the structures of contemporary architecture. When I visited USA, Guggenheim was on to-do list. However it was closed on that particular day. Now with your post I could see the glimpses of its inside. I am happy. Thanks for sharing

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  6. I haven’t been to this museum in years but it still looks the same (w/ some art changes of course). Interestingly, my fav of your photos is the one of the people on multiple levels. Oh and you’re so right about the woman next to the nude painting. Striking resemblance!

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  7. Hello – just popped across to have a look at your blog as you kindly posted a ‘like’ on my arts blog at – very much like your style and definitely the subject of your post. You mentioned one artwork which is American, apart from the building itself – and I would guess that this is the Alexander Calder mobile in red.
    I think you’re really onto something with photographing people who look like the art piece they’re looking at – I especially enjoyed your youth in baseball cap contemplating the photo of Picasso in a huge brimmed hat!
    Incidentally, there’s a lovely song about the art museum itself, mentioning some of the artworks which you might find interesting: “Guggenheim” by group “Miracle Mile” (from the album “Slow Fade”)


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