Guggenheim, HP and YouTube fact sheets


Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, and to the collection, conservation, and study of the art of our time. The foundation realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications, and strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums, cultural partnerships, and innovative collaborations.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation owns and operates the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal in Venice. The foundation also provides art programming and management for two other museums in Europe that bear its name: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, the latter of which is a collaboration, established in 1997, with Deutsche Bank. In 2013, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a 452,000-square-foot museum of modern and contemporary art, designed by architect Frank Gehry, will open on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.

The story of the Guggenheim Museum is that of several very different private collections. Central among these are Solomon R. Guggenheim’s collection of nonobjective paintings, which came to be as a result of his belief in the spiritual dimensions of pure abstraction; his niece Peggy Guggenheim’s collection of abstract and Surrealist paintings and sculptures; Justin K. Thannhauser’s array of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early modern masterpieces; and Giuseppe Panza di Biumo’s vast holdings of European and American Minimalist, Post-Minimalist, Environmental, and Conceptual art. These collections have been augmented over the last two decades by major gifts from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and the Bohen Foundation, as well as by the ongoing series of contemporary art commissions, made possible by the Guggenheim’s unique partnership with Deutsche Bank, for the Deutsche Guggenheim, and by the distinct but complimentary acquisitions program of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Together with numerous other important purchases and gifts secured by the Guggenheim’s directors and curators over the years, these acquisitions have contributed to the formation of a richly layered, international collection dating from the late 19th century to the present, including video and new media.

Since 1992, the Guggenheim Foundation has produced more than 250 major exhibitions. These projects have encompassed definitive retrospectives of major American and international artists, including Matthew Barney, Georg Baselitz, Louise Bourgeois, Daniel Buren, Cai Guo-Qiang, Francesco Clemente, Dan Flavin, Jenny Holzer, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and David Smith, as well as historical surveys of 20th-century art, such as The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde, 1915–1932 (1992–93), Picasso and the Age of Iron (1993), The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943–1968 (1994–95), and Abstraction in the Twentieth Century: Total Risk, Freedom, Discipline (1996). The foundation has also presented exhibitions that acknowledge the artistic heritage of different countries and regions: Africa: The Art of a Continent (1996), China: 5,000 Years (1998), Brazil: Body & Soul (2001–02), The Aztec Empire (2004–05), RUSSIA! (2005–06), and Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History (2006–07). During the past decade, Guggenheim-organized exhibitions have been presented in more than 80 museums around the world. As a result of these expanded sites and programs, the Guggenheim has more than tripled its attendance in total. With nearly three million annual visitors worldwide, the Guggenheim and its network of museums is one of the most visited cultural institutions in the world.


HP Enables Design and Creativity 

• HP is proud to be a part of YouTube Play and believes that the power of YouTube and the reputation of the Guggenheim form the perfect stage for the artistic expression possible on PCs.

• As the world’s largest technology company, HP offers a broad range of products for creating, consuming and sharing digital content, including video art, photography, music and design.

• HP products power some of the most creative minds today, including animators at DreamWorks, fashion designers on “Project Runway,” photographers such as Annie Leibovitz and rapper/producer Dr. Dre.

HP and Vivienne Tam: HP has been at the forefront of fusing fashion and technology since unveiling the HP Mini Vivienne Tam “Digital Clutch” notebook on the catwalk of Tam’s September 2008 fashion show at New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park. In September 2009, HP and Tam collaborated again to release a new digital clutch inspired by the classic Chinese love story, “Butterfly Lovers.”

HP and Project Runway: HP collaborated with Lifetime Television’s hit show “Project Runway” in March 2010. HP’s touch-enabled PCs and notebooks were an integral part of the creative process throughout the show’s seventh season. Designers eagerly accepted a challenge to create fabric patterns using HP TouchSmart PCs, which then became the foundation for their garments.

HP and Engine Room: HP partnered with MTV on “Engine Room,” the first-ever digital artistry reality show. During the seven-week series in 2008, four teams of talented digital artists from around the world demonstrated their cutting-edge digital art skills in a bid for global bragging rights, technology products and $40,000 cash prize. Engine Room allowed young artists to showcase their creativity and bring art to life with technology.

HP Artist Edition Notebooks: HP and MTV held two international notebook design contests engaging artists from 100+ countries and invited them to compete to have their art produced on special edition HP notebook PCs. The first winning design was created by 20-year-old Joao Oliveira of Porto, Portugal, as part of HP’s “Take Action. Make Art” campaign in 2008. The second winning design was created by Hisako Sakihama, a 27-year-old designer from Japan as part of the “Engine Room Notebook Design” competition in 2009.

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Founded in February 2005, YouTube is the leader in online video, and the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips and across the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email.

Everyone can watch videos on YouTube. People can see first-hand accounts of current events, find videos about their hobbies and interests, and discover the quirky and unusual. As more people capture special moments on video, YouTube is empowering them to become the broadcasters of tomorrow.

YouTube by the numbers

  • 2 billion views a day

  • 3rd most visited website (Alexa)

  • Localized in 23 countries across 24 languages

  • 24 hours of minute uploaded to YouTube every minute