Behind many venerable institutions are radical beginnings, and that is certainly true for art museums, such as Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. In honor of its 80th anniversary, the Guggenheim has selected more than 170 modern works from its permanent collection to exhibit in Frank Lloyd Wright’s celebrated rotunda. Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim will explore not only avant-garde innovations from the late-19th through mid-20th centuries, but also the ambitious contributions of six patrons who brought to light some of the most significant artists of their day.
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The Guggenheim Foundation’s collection was shaped through major acquisitions from contemporaries who shared Solomon R. Guggenheim’s pioneering spirit. These include a group of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early School of Paris masterworks from Justin K. Thannhauser (1892–1976); the eclectic Expressionist inventory of émigré art dealer Karl Nierendorf (1889–1947); the incomparable holdings of abstract and Surrealist painting and sculpture from self-proclaimed “art addict” Peggy Guggenheim (1898–1979), Solomon’s niece; and key examples from the estates of artists Katherine S. Dreier (1877–1952) and the German-born Hilla Rebay (1890–1967), both pivotal figures in promoting modern art in America. Below are photographs of these six key collectors.