Frank Lloyd Wright, who was known for his self-assurance, said that his goal was to "make the building and the painting an uninterrupted, beautiful symphony such as never existed in the World of Art before."
Painting the GuggenheimIn Frank Lloyd Wright's earliest drawings of the Guggenheim, the exterior walls were red or orange marble with verdigris copper banding on the top and bottom. When the museum was built, the color was a more subtle brownish yellow. Over the years, the walls were repainted an almost white shade of gray. During recent restorations, preservationists have asked which colors would be most appropriate.
Up to eleven layers of paint were stripped, and scientists used electron microscopes and infrared spectroscopes to analyze each layer. Eventually, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission decided to keep the museum white. Critics complained that Frank Lloyd Wright would have chosen bolder hues and the process of painting the museum stirred heated controversy. See: Painting the Guggenheim
Learn more about The Guggenheim Museum:
- The Guggenheim At 50
- Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition at the Guggenheim
- Hemicycle Designs
- Plan Your Trip to the Guggenheim
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