Newly restored Thannhauser Gallery / The Guggenheim Museum






Guggenheim Museum, New York

THE THANNHAUSER COLLECTION
Exhibition > Opens August 16, 2008







The newly restored Thannhauser Gallery will present a selection of canvases, works on paper, and sculpture bequeathed to the museum by the important art dealer and collector Justin K. Thannhauser (1892-1976).



Edouard Manet


Edouard Manet
Before the Mirror, 1876
Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 28 1/8 inches
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Thannhauser Collection. Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser, 1978
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Representing the earliest and perhaps most iconic works in the museum’s collection, the Thannhauser holdings include significant works by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, and Vincent van Gogh. Thannhauser’s commitment to supporting the formative careers of artists as Vasily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, and Paul Klee, and to educating the public about Modern art, paralleled the vision of the Guggenheim Foundation’s originator, Solomon R. Guggenheim.

Among Thannhauser’s gifts to the Guggenheim are such incomparable masterpieces as van Gogh’s Mountains at Saint-Rémy (1889), Manet’s Before the Mirror (1876), and close to 30 paintings and drawings by Picasso, including his seminal works La Moulin de la Galette (1900), and Woman Ironing (1904).

This reinstallation of more than 30 objects of the Thannhauser Collection offers visitors the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with some of the celebrated images that comprise this illustrious collection.



Vincent Van Gogh


Vincent Van Gogh
Mountains at Saint-Rémy, July 1889
Oil on canvas, 28 1/4 x 35 3/4 inches
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Thannhauser Collection. Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser, 1978
© All rights reserved


Camille Pissarro


Camille Pissarro
The Hermitage at Pontoise, 1867
Oil on canvas, 59 5/8 x 79 inches
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Thannhauser Collection. Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser, 1978
© All rights reserved



Representative works from the Thannhauser Collection have been on view at the Guggenheim Museum since 1965, shortly after the collection was given to the museum. These works are rotated and installed in the Thannhauser 2 Gallery, one of the original Frank Lloyd Wright galleries known as the “Monitor” building or Small Rotunda.


On the occasion of the re-opening of this dedicated space, the Guggenheim Museum is pleased to feature the first results of the Thannhauser Frame Study, a joint project of the Curatorial and Conservation departments. Committed to improving the overall quality and historical accuracy of the period frames in this gallery, the staff has been researching and restoring existing frames and acquiring antique examples. Freshly restored models will support two Cézanne works on view, Still Life: Flask, Glass, and Jug (ca. 1877) and Bibémus (ca. 1894 – 95), and Picasso’s Le Moulin de la Galette (1900). The Thannhauser Collection reinstallation is organized by Vivien Greene, Curator of 19th- and Early 20th-Century Art, and Tracey Bashkoff, Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, with Megan Fontanella, Curatorial Assistant.





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