The Guggenheim Museum was started by Solomon R. Guggenheim, a very wealthy man who made his fortune in the Mining business. He created the Guggenheim Foundation in 1937 and then commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design the building. There was considerable controversy over the unorthadox design and Wright had to fight for 5 years to get it built to his original specifications.

The collection has grown over the years and includes such artists as Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Georges Braque, Jean Arp, Josef Albers, Paul Cezanne, Joseph Cornell, Willem De Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Jim Dine, Paul Gauguin, Franz Kline, Fernand Léger, Roy Lichtenstein, Edouard Manet, Kazimir Malevich, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Camille Pissarro, Francis Picabia, Jackson Pollock, Liubov Popova, Henri Matisse, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Kurt Schwitters, Andy Warhol, Bill Viola, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Louise Nevelson and many others.

Today there are multiple separate museums flying the Guggenheim flag. There is: