Virtually explore the Guggenheim with Smarthistory as your guide
videos + essays
Kandinsky believed that humankind was on the verge of a cataclysmic change from the current, materialistic epoch to an “Epoch of the Great Spiritual.”
Delaunay and Léger used Cubism’s abstract language of fractured forms and spatial dislocations to express the modern urban experience.
Despite its often baffling innovations, one of the defining features of Cubism is its engagement with the Western painting tradition.
Using the language of advertising, Jaar conveys a political message about who “Americans” really are.
Judd’s boxes were made by factory workers, not by the artist—but he provided instructions.
Wright pushed the limits of engineering with poured concrete, and relied on a contractor who build parking garages.
What would this painting sound like? Yes, you read that right – this canvas blurs the lines between senses.
Viola’s multi-channel video installations experiment with meditative states and the manipulation of time.