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Guggenheim and Google Cultural Institute Expand Global Access to the Museum’s Architecture and Permanent Collection‏

(NEW YORK, NY—January 22, 2016)— Online visitors from around the world can now explore the Google Street View technology. Additionally, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, in collaboration with the Google Cultural Institute, has made available over 120 artworks from its collection for online viewing.
Photo: David Heald, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York
interior of the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum through
Contemporary artworks collected through the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative and presented in the exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art For South and Southeast Asia (2013), along with those featured in the exhibition Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim (2015), are available on the Google Cultural Institute’s Art Project platform. Publishing these materials on Google Art Project gives an expanded audience the opportunity to view high-resolution photographs of large-scale works such as Navin Rawanchaikul’s mural-sized Places of Rebirth (2009), Sopheap Pich’s Morning Glory (2011), and Kamin Lertchaiprasert’s 366-part sculpture Sitting (Money) (2004–06).
Later this year contemporary art from Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa that was acquired for the museum’s collection through the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund will be added, so that more than 100 living artists from the Guggenheim’s collection will be represented on the site.
Using Street View technology, it will now be possible to tour the museum’s distinctive spiral ramps from anywhere online. The Guggenheim’s architecture presented unique challenges for Google’s engineers and Street View team. Drone, tripod, and Street View “trolly” images were stitched together to provide a 360 degree experience of the building’s rotunda galleries that online visitors can freely navigate. Street View makes it possible to move from ramp to ramp; to gaze at the building’s oculus above; and to examine works on view in the 2015 special exhibition Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim.
Users are able to click on artworks—like Juliana Huxtable’s Untitled in the Rage (Nibiru Cataclysm) (2015), a self-portrait in which the artist interrogates gender norms and portrayals of femininity, and Maurizio Cattelan’s Daddy, Daddy (2008), a sculpture of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio floating facedown in the fountain on the ground floor of the Guggenheim rotunda—to learn more about the works and artists.
About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). The Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that celebrate contemporary art, architecture, and design within and beyond the walls of the museum, including the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative. More information about the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation can be found at
About Google Cultural Institute
The Google Cultural Institute and its partners are putting the world’s cultural treasures at the fingertips of Internet users and are building tools that allow the cultural sector to share more of its diverse heritage online. The Google Cultural Institute has partnered with more than 1,000 institutions, giving a platform to thousands of artworks and 6 million photos, videos, manuscripts, and other documents of art, culture, and history. Read more here.