In 1943, Solomon R. Guggenheim’s art advisor commissioned “Starchitect” Frank Lloyd Wright to create a building that would stir the soul. Mission accomplished: the now-iconic Guggenheim is a mollusk-like spiral, with a façade that is both Spartan and intriguing at the same time. The Guggenheim’s collection encompasses work from the Impressionist, Post Impressionist and Modernist eras and is dedicated to showing work from the 20th century and beyond, having recently mounted site-specific exhibitions by artists such as Cai Guo Qiang, Jenny Holzer and Zaha Hadid that pose the museum’s unique interior in dialogue. The museum’s vast collection boasts nearly 200 of Robert Mapplethorpe’s finest photographs, as well as a rich number of Minimalist, Post-Minimalist, and Conceptual works. Check their calendar: visitors can also experience lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by experienced docents. The museum’s First Fridays series offers visitors a chance to explore the museum in a more festive atmosphere: for a $25 entry fee, museum-goers enjoy DJ sets, drinks, a dancing next to their favorite Dalí. In the film Manhattan, Woody Allen meets Diane Keaton at the Guggenheim. What will your Manhattan moment be?
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