Thursday, December 31, 2009

Guggenheim Museum Replicas

The design has been likened to a white ribbon curled into a cylindrical stack. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often called simply The Guggenheim, opened in 1959 in New York City. Its distinctive round design is the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The building was Frank Lloyd Wright last major works before his death and it opened 10 years after the death of Solomon Guggenheim. The museum is the permanent home to a renowned collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and contemporary art. Inside the building, the viewing gallery forms a gentle helical spiral from the main level up to the top. Paintings are displayed along the walls of the spiral and also in exhibition space found at annex levels along the way. The center rotunda is lit by an enourmous skylight. In 1992, an adjoining rectangular tower was added to the original structure and designed by the architectural firm of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects. Just as the orignial design was controversial, so was the addition to Wright's design. In the past, a few replicas have been produced in a few different materials including resin and wood, but I don’t believe one was ever made in metal. (If you know of one or have one, send me a photo) A white resin ornament and a silver painted resin souvenir replica paper weight of the museum were made in the past. No purely souvenir buildings are available at present, but some other Guggenheim Museum inspired items are available. A Guggenheim lamp by Megara could Light up your night in high design with Zita Watkin’s beautiful, functional tribute to the iconic Museum building. The semi-translucent polypropylene spiral opens into beautiful table lamp. A set of white porcelain dinner china inspired by the Guggenheim include a bowl and sugar / creamer set. A plastic snow globe is also available at the museum’s online giftshop. In the past, I’ve written about a Guggenheim Lego kit and diamond ring. I also wrote about another lamp in the shape of the New Museum in Manhattan.

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