Dior is Lead Sponsor of the 2013 Guggenheim International Gala

by Amanda Perez

 James Turrell

Today, Guggenheim Museum announced Dior as the lead sponsor of the 2013 Guggenheim International Gala, which is to take place November 7. This year’s gala will honor artists James Turrell and Christopher Wool.  Raf Simons, Artistic Director of Christian Dior Couture, says, “It is a great honor to be part of the celebration of two monumental creators’ careers, James Turrell and Christopher Wool, both among the artists I most revere and admire.” A preview for Turrell’s exhibition begins tomorrow, June 21, and continues through September 25. Christopher Wool’s exhibition will open October 25, and will continue through January 22, 2014. Guggenheim has released photos of Turrell’s “Aten Reign”, an installation piece Director Richard Armstrong calls “one of the most radical installations undertaken by the museum.” Turrell’s exhibition at the Guggenheim is the first in New York since 1980, and according to the Guggenheim website, it “focuses on the artist’s groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color, and space, with a special focus on the role of site-specificity.” Turrell says, “Remember, the history of art has been full of artists who have depicted light, but I decided to pursue light itself.”

Regarding Dior’s sponsorship, Armstrong says, “We are so pleased to welcome Dior in joining us to realize an impressive evening of celebration that helps sustain our initiatives throughout the year.” Raf Simons says, “I am delighted that the house of Dior is working with the Guggenheim Museum—a temple of modern architecture and a cultural and artistic institution of international stature.” On November 6, The Guggenheim Young Collector’s Council will host a pre-party for the event that includes a live concert performance.

To buy tickets, visit Guggenheim.org/gig13.

Photo courtesy of: James Turrell Aten Reign, 2013 Daylight and LED light, dimensions variable © James Turrell Installation view: James Turrell, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 21–September 25, 2013 Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York