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 guggenheim.org.

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.

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