Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Have You Been to the Guggenheim?

Guggenheim outside view

Guggenheim Art Museum www.timetowritenow.com

October 21, 1959, on New York City’s Fifth Avenue, The Guggenheim Museum opened for the first time. “Mining tycoon Solomon R. Guggenheim began collecting art seriously when he retired in the 1930s. With the help of Hilla Rebay, a German baroness and artist, Guggenheim displayed his purchases for the first time in 1939 in a former car showroom in New York. Within a few years, the collection—including works by Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Marc Chagall—had outgrown the small space. In 1943, Rebay contacted architect Frank Lloyd Wright and asked him to take on the work of designing not just a museum, but a “temple of spirit,” where people would learn to see art in a new way.

“To Frank Lloyd Wright’s fans, the museum was a work of art in itself. Inside, a long ramp spiraled upwards for a total of a quarter-mile around a large central rotunda, topped by a domed glass ceiling. Reflecting Wright’s love of nature, the 50,000-meter space resembled a giant seashell, with each room opening fluidly into the next.”  Wright worked on it for sixteen years. http://www.history.com


Over 900,000 people visit the Guggenheim each year.  When I was in my late twenties,  I was one of the statistics. Being a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright,  the museum’s architecture fascinated me.

Now, as a writer, I’d like to write a story with characters in the Guggenheim, maybe a mystery with someone hiding in the spiral.


Have you been to the Guggenheim?

Guggenheim inside view



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