If you’re a fan of fine art, today’s your day: In our “Shop the Guggenheim Museum” sale on Gilt Home starting on Tue. April 22 at noon, we’re featuring prints of works found in both the temporary and permanent collections of this storied New York art institution — courtesy of Bellevue, WA-based 1000Museums. This company “provides the world’s best archival reproductions that are museum curator-approved to match the original work of art,” says Kirsten Soderlind, 1000Museums’ chief creative officer and founder. “Through our network of worldwide museums and archives, we assist art and museum lovers to discover and explore everything about a collection, from the art, to the exhibitions, museum location, hours, tickets, memberships, catalogs and website.” We talked to Soderlind a bit more about her inspirations, and beyond:
Where did you come up with the company name? (It’s ambitious!) A friend and author, Patricia Shultz, said about her book, 1000 Places to See Before You Die, that there were way more than 1000 places in her book, that “1000” just meant “a lot.” We believe similarly…that we represent many museums, more coming online every week and soon to be over 1000. Patricia loved the idea of us using the “1000” metaphor as it applies to museums and cultural heritage institutions, and agreed with us that one should see all the great ones before we die, whether online or in person!
When interviewing people to work at the company, how can you tell who’s REALLY into art, vs just pretending? We do not assess a potential employee on how “into art” they may be, although if they are, it is a real plus. Rather we are keen to find people who are passionate about our business and for ensuring 1000Museums extends the missions of our museums: to educate and provide access to art and culture.
What’s your office like? We work both remotely and jointly through offices in Seattle and New York City. We have brought together an amazingly talented team, and we work hard to utilize real-time collaborative tools and have as much face time as our geographic distance allows.
Tell us about our first Gilt sale with 1000Museums. What are a few of your favorite pieces? (Also note what permanent/current exhibitions/collections it’s inspired by.) We are very pleased to provide archival reproductions from both the current exhibition and permanent collection at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Their current exhibition, Italian Futurism, 1909-1944, has two of my favorite works from the museum: Red Cross Train Passing a Village, Summer 1915 by Gino Severini and Abstract Speed + Sound, 1913-14 by Giacomo Balla. From their entire collection, probably my most favorite work (which hangs on my wall in our New York City office) is Eiffel Tower, by Robert Delaunay.
What do you love most about the Guggenheim? Hard to pinpoint one thing as they have a beautiful building and collection, but probably their German Expressionist collection…such as the works by Vassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Franz Marc.
How much time do you spend in museums? I am very fortunate to spend an inordinate amount of time in museums worldwide…from offices and archives to the galleries. It is the best part of my job.
What’s your favorite museum exhibition ever? Tough question as I have many favorites, but I think I was most affected by the finely curated Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée Picasso National Picasso, Paris. Since we were able to support the exhibition as it traveled to 6 museums throughout the US, Canada and Australia, I came to appreciate even more profoundly how Picasso’s art evolved over his long and immensely productive career.