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05.01.15 Prachi Gupta

Migrant workers toiling away in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island have been working under under slave-like conditions for at least five years to build branches for world-class institutions, including the Guggenheim and NYU, but warnings from the Human Rights Watch and other activists have fallen on deaf ears. On Friday, a few minutes after 12 PM, […]

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10.21.13 Kyle Petreycik

The Guggenheim Museum opened its doors fifty-four years ago today, and to commemorate, the museum published a video of an excited opening day crowd on its blog this morning. The end of the film features a glimpse into the museum’s inaugural exhibition, featuring important works by likes of Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Stuart David, […]

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07.02.13 Marina Galperina

People continue to trip out to the James Turrell light show at the Guggenheim Museum. Ooh. Ahh. Art. (Photo: Scott Lynch/Flickr) […]

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01.30.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Athens-based architect firm Oiio has come up with a very ambitious proposal to recreate New York’s Guggenheim in their city. The proposed structure would maintain Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous white spiraling ramps, but with the, er, minor addition of thirteen extra floors. That would make it over three times taller than the original. Don’t worry, […]

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03.21.12 Marina Galperina

Reports of exploited laborers at Saadiyat Island near Abu Dhabi — the future home of opulent Guggenheim and Louvre annexes — have been coming in since 2009. Artists have repeatedly boycotted over “a cycle of abuse that leaves migrant workers deeply indebted, poorly paid, and unable to defend their rights or even quit their jobs.” Today, the Human Rights […]

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11.15.11 Marina Galperina

For whatever reason, your work has never hung on the upward winding walls of the Guggenheim. Presenting: 50 Gallery Colors, a collection of all the noncommittal hues that served as backdrop behind art stuff more renowned than yours over the years. It’s a rainbow of bland! […]

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11.04.11 Marina Galperina

Only really having fallen in love with Maurizio Cattelan after he erected a giant middle finger statue in front of the Italian stock exchange (zeitgeist much?), these images of his post-retirement anti-retrospective at the Guggenheim are making me swoon. He didn’t just decide to clump and string up all his work in the middle, dangling […]

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06.06.11 Marina Galperina

Earlier this year, 130 artists and curators called for a boycott against Guggenheim Abu Dhabi over their alleged abuses of migrant construction workers. The Gugg called the claim “an exact opposite of the truth,” but have budged and recently announced their support for the appointment of a work site monitor. Eh, not good enough. […]

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05.27.11 Marina Galperina

As promised, German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann and Guggenheim’s Hugo Boss Award winner has turned his $100,000 prize into 100,000 used dollar bills and had them pinned tightly together on the walls and columns of the museum’s second floor gallery. When asked if he wished the work was permanent, Feldmann said “No way! I want the […]

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03.24.11 Marina Galperina

Gugg heads responded to the Human Right Watch-endorsed artist boycott over reported labor exploitation at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi construction site: As requested (and intended pre-boycott), an impartial work site monitor will arrive in May and all recruitment fees will be paid back to the workers… Also, stop making us look bad! […]

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