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September 10, 1998: The Year in Review

Guggenheim opens new museum in Saugus
Building will be mecca for Lynn, Revere arts communities
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Architecture aficionados from around the globe are flocking to Frank Gehry’s new Guggenheim Saugus museum. The museum, which critics are calling "the last great building of the century," is a soaring titanium and steel structure on Route 1 right next to Route 1 Miniature Golf.

"This building does not cower in denial of modernism, but rather enhances it by joining modernism’s power to the civilizing forces of urbanism," said New Yorker critic Paul Goldberger. "With its proximity to Roller World, it is sure to attract art lovers worldwide."

"In its atrium, museum-goers will find stone, glass, titanium, curves, straight lines, opacity, transparency, openness and enclosure brought into sensuous conjunction," said New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp. "And at the nearby fashion nightclub Oxygen, AKA "the Palace," museum-goers will find every different kind of dance experience imaginable."

Sculptor Richard Serra has created a tremendous new steel sculpture, "Big Hair," to be installed in the museum’s atrium.

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