Guggenheim Gets a Facelift from MAPEI

By danielle

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It was a surprisingly beautiful autumn night in Manhattan – reminiscent of what California would regard as proper weather for November. Subsequently, it was fitting for the Hollywood-style welcoming that awaited guests at the Guggenheim’s front doors Thursday night. The arts and architecture communities converged uptown to celebrate the museum’s collaboration with MAPEI – a leading producer of concrete restoration products – and the end result of an intensive four-year project to renovate to the landmark’s façade.

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Photo credit: David Heald

Originally designed by architecture icon Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959, in recent years the Guggenheim Museum was beginning to show signs of age with cracks in the exterior – undoubtedly the result of nearly six decades of harsh New York winters. At the start of the restoration project, architectural conservation firm Integrated Conservation Resources (ICR) and structural engineering firm Robert Silman Associates, PC, went to work removing 12 layers of coatings applied over the years and mapping every crack in the exposed surface. After in-depth research and extensive testing, ICR recommended MAPEI products for the actual restoration of the building due to its single-source system and extensive resources.

The Guggenheim now joins MAPEI’s laundry list of historical landmarks renovated with MAPEI products including the Vatican, the Kremlin, the La Scala opera house and the Statue of Liberty.

We unfortunately missed the seminar on the restoration undertaking, but made it just in time to chat with MAPEI’s head honchos who flew over from Italy and some of the Guggenheim staff during the cocktail reception. We also got to take a peak at Theanyspacewhatever exhibit – a multi-media conglomerate of artists such as Liam Gillick and Jorge Pardo who use the exhibition environment as the focus of their work – as well as photographer Catherine Opie’s “Domestic” exhibit, which is a series of large-format photographs capturing the domestic environment of lesbian couples across the country.

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Overall, it was an inspiring evening celebrating the rebirth of one of New York’s most treasured spaces.

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