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The Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, New York City

From implacable disapproval to wide success: the story of the Guggenheim Museum, one of the most controversial buildings in NYC.

In 1943 Hilla Rebay, the Guggenheim Museum's founding director and then advisor to Solomon R. Guggenheim, penned a letter to the notorious architect Frank Lloyd Wright. She put as follows: "I want a temple of spirit, a monument!" Wright took the point. Despite strong public disapproval, he designed a modernist cathedral in the center of New York City; a cathedral that became home for all forms of 19th- and 20th-century art. 

Wright never saw his project complete: he died six month before the Museum first opened its doors to large crowds. Nor did he witness almost unquestioned success. The building became iconic and has been inspiring younger architects for decades. 

One of the points of Wright's opponents was that the design with its general provocativeness would steal the show and even annihilate pieces of art. Nevertheless, paintings and sculptures by 19th- and 20th-century geniuses have enough power to resist the curves and niches - if they really need to. 

Nowadays the Guggenheim contains one of the most impressive and comprehensive collections of Modern art. From Realism to Postmodern, from paintings and sculptures to installations, the museum brings together artworks from different epochs and origins. Its collection can boast of best masterpieces by Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Joan Miró, Édouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall... and many, many others. Moreover, there is an outstanding sculpture gallery situated in a 10-storey tower.

The museum is at 5th ave (between 88th & 89th streets). Just by the Central Park.

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