The Solomon R. Guggenheim foundation and Artstor share images from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection for educational use

The Guggenheim Museum’s holdings are now available for more than 1,400 museums, K–12 schools, community colleges, and universities worldwide


(New York, NY) May 18, 2012 - The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Artstor have released more than 750 images of major artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, available in the Artstor Digital Library. Forthcoming additions will include another 10,000 images of artworks, exhibition installation views, and architectural photographs of the various Guggenheim museums in New York, Bilbao, Venice, and Berlin.

The treasures in the collection include modern and contemporary art by Louise Bourgeois, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Paul Klee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Cindy Sherman, and Vincent van Gogh, among many others. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s collection joins more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences currently included in the Artstor Digital Library, from partners such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Berlin State Museums, and Réunion des Musées Nationaux.

“The Guggenheim is pleased to join Artstor in sharing the breadth and diversity of the Guggenheim Foundation’s collection and archives with the educational community,” stated Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. “Education has been a central mandate of the Guggenheim since its founding in 1937. Through this collaboration, the museum further expands its reach by providing digital access to works in our collection, documentation of major exhibitions, and architectural photography of the Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry buildings.”

Christine Kuan, Artstor’s Chief Curatorial Officer and Vice President for External Affairs, states: “These important images from the Guggenheim’s superb collections will be widely taught and studied via Artstor Digital Library’s network of educational and scholarly users—impacting current and future generations of students, scholars, curators, and researchers around the world for many years to come.”

Since its inception in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has been a preeminent institution for the collection, preservation, and research of modern and contemporary art. The global network, which began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include several other museums, prominently the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is home to a renowned collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early modern, and contemporary art, while the Peggy Guggenheim Collection houses one of the most important holdings of early 20th-century European and American art in Italy. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, features a permanent collection that spans from the mid-20th century to the present day, concentrating on post-war painting and sculpture in America and Europe.

The Artstor Digital Library provides 1.4+ million images in the arts and sciences and a Workspace to search, browse, present, and save images both online and offline for teaching and research purposes. Artstor is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to further education and scholarship through digital technologies. For more information, visit


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