The Guggenheims

Meyer Guggenheim (February 1, 1828 – March 15, 1905) was the patriarch of what became known as the Guggenheim family. He was born in Lengnau, Aargau, Switzerland, was of German Jewish ancestry and emigrated to the United States in 1847. He started out in the importing business, but made his and his family’s fortune in mining and smelting. He and his wife Barbara had ten surviving children. Five of his seven sons were active in the family businesses:

The Guggenheim family refers to a number of descendants of Meyer Guggenheim who were known for their global successes and for possessing one of the largest fortunes in the world, and later for their philanthropy in diverse areas such as modern art and aviation, including several Guggenheim Museums as well as the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory and I. M. Pei’s Guggenheim Pavilion at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. The Guggenheim family was a Swiss emigrant family of Jewish ancestry to United States. They sold off their global mining interests following World War I. Later, nitrate mines were purchased in Chile and with new techniques, their operations began to compete with German nitrate produced by the Haber process. Metal mining, for example copper, continued in the United States.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, along the Nervión River in downtown Bilbao


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One Response to The Guggenheims

  1. alfy says:

    If ever you visit Venice, and everyone should, at some time or other, and you think, “I wonder how I could get into one of those palaces along the Grand Canal?” Look no further. The Venice Guggenheim museum is housed in one and you can sit out on the terrace to watch the water world go by. The museum is skilfully hidden among little streets close to the Accademia Bridge, a large wooden structure.

    For art lovers there is a wealth of material there, especially the strange, surreal work of Max Ernst. (Cue for deskarati to post something.) On the terrace is a bronze of a man with an erection, trying to ride a horse. The horse seems to be winning and the rider looks likely to fall off at any minute. (I shall see if I can find a pic for Jim to post)

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