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Arnold Schoenberg Playing Cards

Arnold Schoenberg playing cards
Schoenberg, Arnold. Arnold Schoenberg playing cards. Vienna: Piatnik, circa 1981. Box contents. RB N7433.4 S36 1981

In the early 1900s, Arnold Schoenberg created three sets of playing cards, incorporating grotesque images and visual puns from his drawings. This facsimile reproduces them. More

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The Guggenheim Museum's Previous Tower, Completed in 1968

Photographs of the renovation and construction of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, November 1967
Photographs of the renovation and construction of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, November 1967. Photographer unknown. Building History records (unprocessed). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives. New York, NY

These three photographic snapshots from the end of the construction show the Guggenheim's previous tower as it stood nearly completed on 89th street in November 1967. More

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A Flyer for Nam June Paik's Robot-Opera

Robot-Opera Flyer
Nam June Paik Robot-Opera flyer, circa 1964. Artist files. A0008. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives. New York, NY

This flyer announces Nam June Paik’s Robot-Opera (1964) “….on every streets and squares in New York.” The remote-controlled robot played audiotaped speeches of President John F. Kennedy. More