The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation The organization and its objectives Established in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has been a visionary, risk-taking institution committed to the art of its time and of the future. Since then, the foundation has developed into an international constellation of museums—including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi—that connects ideas, people, and cultures on a global level with art at its center. The Guggenheim museums and international initiatives explore and promote the inspirational role of the arts and arts education, connecting cultures by providing platforms for learning and expression. The museums are informed as much by their affiliation with the foundation as they are by their local and regional cultural roots. Through the Guggenheim Foundation’s long history of engagement with architecture and design, the name Guggenheim has come to be synonymous with the interplay between contemporary art and architecture, realized in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fifth Avenue masterpiece, which opened in New York in 1959, and more recently in Frank Gehry’s Bilbao tour de force, which changed architecture at the end of the twentieth century and has influenced architectural thinking for the twenty-first century. Now, the foundation looks to Helsinki as the site of a possible new Guggenheim museum—one that would serve as an exemplary museum of the twenty-first century and a symbol of this dynamic city.
Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition