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In 2013, The Guggenheim Fills With Light and Goes Abroad

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

James Turrell: Rendering of installation for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2012. (Courtesy of James Turrell)

Highlights of the Guggenheim’s coming year include radical Japanese avant-garde art from the '50s, a vibrant light filling the rotunda, courtesy of Californian artist James Turrell, and paper work by an Indian-American sculptor and print-maker.

The museum announced its 2013 shows on Wednesday. Patrons can expect to see paper-works by the artist know as Zarina in January, a retrospective of the Japanese collective Gutai in February, as well as massive paintings by American artist Christopher Wool in October. In February 2014, it will showcase Futurism, a movement that happened in Italy at the beginning of the 20th century.

The Guggenheim is also continuing its program to connect with people outside New York City. It announced that it is expanding its urban think tank known as the "BMW Guggenheim Lab" to Mumbai, India. The initiative aims to foster discussions on issues affecting cities all over the world. It was launched in New York in 2011 and went to Berlin last year.

Richard Armstrong, director of the museum, said that going abroad is an obligation for an institution that claims to be global.

"We don't always have proof that we've spoken to people other than visitors of New York," he said. "So it's an effort to make a real conversation between real people and ourselves in several sites around the world."

The lab will operate in Mumbai from December 9, 2012 to January 20, 2013 and will address issues like transportation, water and housing.

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