This is the first ever exhibition of curated artists, set up in the Guggenheim, devoted to an extensive collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Curators Cai Guo-Qiang, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince and Carrie May Weems are artists, each of whom had influential personal exhibitions in the museum.
Each artist was asked to make a choice to form a separate exposition, one at each of the six levels of the rotunda. Together with the curators and curators of the museum, they explored the collection in the vault, met with famous masterpieces, and also found unusual works of less visible artists.
The resulting exposition represents almost 300 paintings, sculptures, paperwork and installations, some of which have never been shown before, which are related to the cultural discourses of their time - from the utopian aspirations of early modernism to the formal studies of mid-century abstraction and the public debate of the 1960s and 70s.