background video/soundscape by: Karen Van Lengen


Abstract and Non-Objective art is best understood by its emphasis on process, sound, and movement.

In 1939, before the building we now know as 'The Guggenheim', Solomon R. Guggenheim's original collection was exhibited at his first gallery in New York known as The Museum of Non-Objective Painting. Music from Bach and Chopin played throughout the gallery. He wanted the general public to “live” with these works.

The Museum of Non-Objective Painting, 1939.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1959 - present

However today, playing music and directly interacting with the art is not encouraged while viewing these works in the Guggenhiem.

In the hopes of restoring Mr. Guggenheim's original intentions for viewing Abstract art, this web-based interface gives children (ages 6-10) the chance to "live" with paintings from the Guggenheim’s current collection by interacting with and drawing directly onto them.


Choose a painting (on the left) that best fits what you are feeling.

Use the tools (on the right) to add your own marks. Try being thoughtful about each mark you make. Why that shape? Why that color?

When you're done, save it by clicking this icon:

click on a painting that catches your eye.