The Mind's Eye audio guide initiative is a cross-constellation collaboration featuring verbal descriptions of artworks across collections and an architectural sensory guide to each museum of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

The digital resources produced are accessible for blind and low vision audiences and encourage close and slow looking for all listeners. The audio tracks are available in multiple languages and hosted on the Foundation's various websites.

The Mind's Eye project's goals are to increase access to places and works of art through multisensory exploration and to create a center- lived experience through audio content featuring individual sensory experiences.


A verbal description framework was used for these audio tracks in order to provide precise, evocative language to convey the visual appearance of art. Designed for listeners who are blind or have low vision, verbal descriptions are equally valuable for sighted visitors seeking a closer observation of works of art. Verbal descriptions address an artwork’s material, subject, form, color, texture, style, and other details in a slow-paced, unfolding experience. The descriptions are often followed with contextual information and open-ended questions to further engage with an artwork.

These audio tracks give a detailed visual description of ten artworks from the permanent collection.

This selection covers well-known works and lesser-known works in a variety of mediums. It includes works that are regularly on view and provides access to others that are rarely on view.

  1. Jackson Pollock, Alchemy
  2. Martha Boto, Optical Structure
  3. Marino Marini, The Angel of the City
  4. Leonora Carrington, Oink 
  5. Rosemarie Heber Koczÿ, Trees
  6. Pablo Picasso, On the Beach
  7. Kenzo Okada, Above the White
  8. Marcel Duchamp, Nude (Study)
  9. Paul Klee, Magic Garden
  10. Marina Apollonio, Rilievo n. 505

Jackson Pollock (1912–1956)
Alchemy, 1947
Oil, aluminum, alkyd enamel paint with sand, pebbles, fibers and broken wooden sticks on canvas, 114.6 x 221.3 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Jackson Pollock, "Alchemy"


  • Jackson Pollock, "Alchemy"

Martha Boto (1925 – 2004)
Optical Structure (Structure optique), 1963
Plexiglas, 31 x 31 x 53 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Martha Boto, "Optical Structure"


  • Martha Boto, "Optical Structure"

Marino Marini (1901–1980)
The Angel of the City (L'angelo della città), 1948 (cast 1949)
Bronze, 175 x 176 x 106 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Marino Marini, "The Angel of the City"


  • Marino Marini, "The Angel of the City"

Leonora Carrington (1917–2011)
Oink (They Shall Behold Thine Eyes), 1959
Oil on canvas, 40 x 90.9 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Leonora Carrington, "Oink"


  • Leonora Carrington, "Oink"

Rosemarie Heber Koczÿ (1939–2007)
Trees (Arbres), 1972
Hemp, sisal, linen, jute, raw silk, algae, and wool, 94 x 57 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Rosemarie Heber Koczÿ, "Trees"


  • Rosemarie Heber Koczÿ, "Trees"

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)
On the Beach (La Baignade), February 12, 1937
Oil, conté crayon, and chalk on canvas, 129.1 x 194 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Pablo Picasso "On the Beach"


  • Pablo Picasso "On the Beach"

Kenzo Okada (1902–1982)
Above the White, 1960
Oil on canvas, 127.3 x 96.7 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Kenzo Okada, "Above the White"


  • Kenzo Okada, "Above the White"

Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968)
Nude (Sketch), Sad Young Man in a Train (Nu [esquisse], jeune homme triste dans un train), December 1911 (dated 1912)
Oil on canvas panel, mounted to pressboard, and nailed to stretcher, 100 x 73 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Marcel Duchamp, "Nude (Sketch)"


  • Marcel Duchamp, "Nude (Sketch)"

Paul Klee (1879–1940)
Magic Garden (Zaubergarten), March 1926
Oil on plaster-filled wire mesh, 52.9 x 44.9 cm, including artist’s frame
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Paul Klee, "Magic Garden"


  • Paul Klee, "Magic Garden"

Marina Apollonio (1940)
Relief No. 505 (Rilievo n. 505), ca. 1968
Aluminum and fluorescent paint on Masonite, 49.9 x 49.8 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Marina Apollonio, "Rilief No. 505"


  • Marina Apollonio, "Rilief No. 505"

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