Installation view of Lothar Baumgarten: America Invention, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, January 28-March 7, 1993.

The Guggenheim in New York is celebrating its 50th birthday with a show, “Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.” 200 artists, architects and designers were invited to redesign or repurpose the space. Participants were free to propose anything, since none of the proposals would be built.

The museum space was initially criticized as a space uninhabitable for art. But the contrary has proven to be true. Frank Lloyd Wright conceived the space as a harmonious backdrop for modernist painting, which for the most part comprises canvases on a moderate scale. But over the course of time, artists and curators have come up with innovative ways to display art in all media. If you want to see the proposed ideas, check out the site here and spend fifteen minutes contemplating the void.

Saunders Architecture