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The Guggenheim's 50th Anniversary

Envisioned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright as a “curving wave that never breaks,” New York’s Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue celebrates its golden anniversary today. Lloyd Wright was commissioned by philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim to design a building that would foster Manhattan’s appreciation of modern art. He never got to see his iconic monument to modernism—he died six months before it opened in 1959—but his design went on to become of one of the world's most recognizable buildings. Later, following in the footsteps of her uncle, Guggenheim’s niece Peggy in turn donated her infamous art collection and palazzo on Venice’s Grand Canal to the foundation, ensuring the museum's status as a veritable temple for lovers of art and architecture alike.

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