The exhibition space hosts three to four important exhibitions each year, many of which showcase a work specially commissioned by an artist. The exhibition program and the day-to-day management of the museum is the joint responsibility of the two partners.
Deutsche Guggenheim is located on the ground floor of the Deutsche Bank premises, a sandstone building constructed in 1920. American architect Richard Gluckman designed the 510-square-metre art gallery. Its simple, pure interior is in keeping with other museums designed by Gluckman, such as the Dia Centre for the Arts in New York and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. A staircase leads from the exhibition hall to the Deutsche Guggenheim CAFE and Deutsche Guggenheim SHOP, where visitors have a view of the bank's roofed inner courtyard.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, established in 1937, is based on the private collection of Solomon R. Guggenheim with its focus on "non-objective" art. Today it comprises a worldwide network of museums and cultural partnerships. Along with the spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright building in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, exhibition houses have arisen at sites that include Bilbao and Berlin.