Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao which opened in 1997, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, currently in development. Looking to the future, the Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum.
Proceeds from the GIG fundraiser will support the Guggenheim Foundation and will be used for the museum’s general operation, educational programs, and the preservation, exhibition, and study of its extensive collection.
The event, to be held November 6 and 7, 2013, will honor artists James Turrell and Christopher Wool. Turrell’s exhibition opened June 21 and a retrospective of Wool’s work will be on display October 25 to January 22, 2014, open for viewing during the gala.
Raf Simons, Dior’s artistic director, will serve as honorary co-chair of the event. Simons is a well-known collector of art, whose past fashion collections have featured the work of Pablo Picasso. Andy Warhol’s watercolors played a significant role in his Spring 2013 collection for Dior.
"I am delighted that the house of Dior is working with the Guggenheim Museum—a temple of modern architecture and a cultural and artistic institution of international stature,” said Simons. “It is a great honor to be part of the celebration of two monumental creators' careers, James Turrell and Christopher Wool, both among the artists I most revere and admire."
“As the museum’s most prominent annual fundraising event, the Guggenheim International Gala generates essential support towards our mission of presenting art to an ever-broadening public,” said Richard Armstrong, director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. “We are so pleased to welcome Dior in joining us to realize an impressive evening of celebration that helps sustain our initiatives throughout the year.”
For more information on the 2013 Guggenheim International Gala, visit Guggenheim.org.