Installation view by David Heald / © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
In 1937, Solomon R. Guggenheim established the foundation that bears his name and hired the curator Hilla Rebay to foster the public's appreciation for modern art. They opened the Museum of Non-Objective Painting on East 54th Street two years later, giving New Yorkers a window onto works by abstract artists like Piet Mondrian and Robert Delaunay. These painters, along with Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, and Pablo Picasso, formed the core of the Guggenheim Museum's collection when it opened in its current home in 1959. For this exhibition, in celebration of the foundation's 80th anniversary, curators have assembled more than 170 works by nearly 70 artists collected by Solomon Guggenheim and his family. ;Of special significance is a newly-restored, seventeen-foot sculpture by Alexander Calder that's installed in the museum's rotunda.