Hey JEOPARDY! fans! Make sure to tune in on Friday, November 22, and join me for a special visit to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the cylindrical building (wider at the top than the bottom), was conceived as a “temple of the spirit” and is considered one of the 20th century’s most important architectural landmarks.
The building opened in 1959, replacing rented spaces used by the museum since its founding. It was my first time there and it’s truly remarkable; the unique ramp gallery extends from just under the ceiling skylight in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building until it reaches the ground level.
Critics said that Wright’s design would overpower the art inside. Wright refused to believe that and he wrote, “On the contrary, it was to make the building and the painting an uninterrupted, beautiful symphony such as never existed in the world of art before.”
Thank you to the museum for a very enjoyable and memorable day!