NEW YORK, NY.-
Online visitors from around the world can now explore the interior of the iconic Frank Lloyd Wrightdesigned Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
through Google Street View technology. Additionally, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, in collaboration with the Google Cultural Institute, has made available over 120 artworks from its collection for online viewing.
Contemporary artworks collected through the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative and presented in the exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art For South and Southeast Asia (2013), along with those featured in the exhibition Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim (2015), are available on the Google Cultural Institutes Art Project platform. Publishing these materials on Google Art Project gives an expanded audience the opportunity to view high-resolution photographs of large-scale works such as Navin Rawanchaikuls mural-sized Places of Rebirth (2009), Sopheap Pichs Morning Glory (2011), and Kamin Lertchaipraserts 366-part sculpture Sitting (Money) (200406).
Later this year contemporary art from Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa that was acquired for the museums collection through the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund will be added, so that more than 100 living artists from the Guggenheims collection will be represented on the site.
Using Street View technology, it will now be possible to tour the museums distinctive spiral ramps from anywhere online. The Guggenheims architecture presented unique challenges for Googles engineers and Street View team. Drone, tripod, and Street View trolly images were stitched together to provide a 360 degree experience of the buildings rotunda galleries that online visitors can freely navigate. Street View makes it possible to move from ramp to ramp; to gaze at the buildings oculus above; and to examine works on view in the 2015 special exhibition Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim.
Users are able to click on artworkslike Juliana Huxtables Untitled in the Rage (Nibiru Cataclysm) (2015), a self-portrait in which the artist interrogates gender norms and portrayals of femininity, and Maurizio Cattelans Daddy, Daddy (2008), a sculpture of Walt Disneys Pinocchio floating facedown in the fountain on the ground floor of the Guggenheim rotundato learn more about the works and artists.