Baroness Hilla von Rebay

Abstract painter, early 20th century. After immigrating to the United States in 1927, she helped Solomon R. Guggenheim collect the art that formed the basis of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and selected Frank Lloyd Wright to design the new museum. She achieved recognition for abstract works and modern styles such as collage and biogmorphic linear oil paintings. Rebay is remembered for being a key person in first exposing the American public to avant-garde art.

Although she was long a confidante to Solomon Guggenheim, others in the family found her personally difficult, especially his niece Peggy. After Guggenheim died, the family expelled her from the board of directors.[citation needed]
When the museum was completed, von Rebay was not invited for the opening. She never set foot in the museum she helped create.

The forced retirement of Guggenheim founder Baroness Hilla von Rebay led to an institutional denial of the film program Rebay had nutured at the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (the Guggenheim's predecessor), and then memory of Charles Dockum rapidly faded.

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