Armstrong, a controversial figure at the institution, held the position for over 14 years.
While 11% of Staff Was Laid Off, Guggenheim Director Made Record $1.5 Million
The museum says its director, Richard Armstrong, took a 25% pay cut during the pandemic — but the reduction didn’t apply to “compensation earned in prior years.”
Guggenheim Museum Lays Off 24 Workers, Citing Ongoing Losses
“We have leaned into all the options we have available to us, including decreasing operating expenses, hiring freezes, analyzing business needs and departmental priorities, and reducing leadership salaries,” said Director Richard Armstrong in a letter to staff today.
Guggenheim Employees Call for Removal of Three Top Executives
In a letter sent today, the group A Better Guggenheim lists allegations of sexism, racism, classism, and abuse against Richard Armstrong, Elizabeth Duggal, and Nancy Spector.
Gulf Labor Coalition Calls on Artists to Boycott Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
The activist group says that the new museum is being “built on the back of exploited, indebted, and abused workers.”
Guggenheim Breaks Off Negotiations with Gulf Labor Over Migrant Rights
On April 13, the Guggenheim Board of Trustees informed the Gulf Labor Coalition that it will no longer negotiate with the group regarding the living and working conditions of the workers who are and will be building its museum in Abu Dhabi.
Locals Remain Lukewarm on Guggenheim’s Helsinki Grab
An extensive report in the New York Times today dives into the Guggenheim’s longstanding bid for a franchise in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, detailing the rocky reception to the project since it was first proposed in 2011.
G.U.L.F. Responds to Guggenheim, Calls on Museum to Open Its Doors to Free Public Assembly
The following statement was emailed to Hyperallergic, and it is a response to Guggenheim Director Richard Armstrong’s statement earlier today:
Guggenheim Responds to Saturday’s G.U.L.F. Protest Action
Today, the Guggenheim provided Hyperallergic with the following statement from Director Richard Armstrong in response to our request for comment on Saturday night’s protest action in the museum by G.U.L.F.
Guggenheim Leaders Respond to Artist Protest of Abu Dhabi Outpost
Last week, we reported on the growing concern in the visual art and human rights communities about the treatment of workers at the Abu Dhabi Guggenheim project, and this week two Guggenheim leaders have written directly to two prominent artists who signed the petition.