The Peggy Guggenheim Collection celebrates the Venetian life of its founder, covering all the exhibitions and events that characterised her thirty years spent on the lagoon, from 1948 to 1979, which have proven to be genuine milestones in the history of 20th century art.
The exhibition focuses on the patron’s collecting after 1948, after she left New York, closed the Art of This Century gallery-museum and moved to Venice.
Around sixty works are on display, including paintings, sculptures and works on paper, selected among those purchased during the forties and 1979, the year she died, by well known and not so well known artists in her collection. The exhibition therefore offers a rare opportunity to take another look at and recontextualise famous masterpieces such as “Empire of light” by René Magritte and “Study for Chimpanzee” by Francis Bacon, alongside rarely displayed works, such as “Autumn at Courgeron” by René Brô, “Serendipity 2” by Gwyther Irwin, “Above the White” by Kenzo Okada and “Drifting No. 2” by Tomonori Toyofuku, all artists who demonstrate Peggy Guggenheim’s interest also for the artistic scene beyond Europe and the United States.
A series of scrapbooks will also be exceptionally on display. These are precious albums in which the collector meticulously gathered newspaper articles, photographs and letters, revealing unreleased episodes from different stages of her fascinating life as a passionate philanthropist.