THEMES & VARIATIONS. THE EMPIRE OF LIGHT
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero

February 1–April 14 2014

From February 1 to April 14, 2014, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents Themes & Variations. The Empire of Light. This innovative curatorial formula for the temporary exhibition spaces of the Venice museum originated in 2002 and is now in its fourth edition. Based on the theme of light, synthesized by René Magritte’s celebrated painting Empire of Light, which gives its name to the subtitle of the exhibition and which is one of Peggy Guggenheim’s most celebrated masterpieces, the exhibition combines a wide variety of images and media in a multi-layered dialogue touching three centuries of the history of art.

On display are works by Gabriele Basilico, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Agostino Bonalumi, Victor Brauner, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Leonora Carrington, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dalí, Willem de Kooning, Edgar Degas, Paul Delvaux, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Lucio Fontana, Philippe Halsman, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Marcel Jean, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor, Ellsworth Kelly, Rita Kernn-Larsen, André Kertész, Nate Lowman, René Magritte, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Man Ray, Germaine Richier, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Thomas Ruff, Mario Sironi, Kiki Smith, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Antoni Tàpies, Cy Twombly, and Piotr Uklański.

   
         
LUCIO FONTANA
Spatial Concept, Expectations, 1967
Collection of Stephen Robert and Pilar Crespi Robert
© Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan, by SIAE 2013

ANISH KAPOOR
Untitled, 2002
Private collection
© Anish Kapoor, by SIAE 2013
  MARIO SIRONI
Urban Landscape 1921
Private collection. Loan to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice © Mario Sironi, by SIAE 2013

BERND AND HILLA BECHER
Framework Houses Seigen District, Germany, 1988
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012
  EDGAR DEGAS
Young Girl Lying Down Looking at an Album, ca. 1889.
Private collection, New York

KIKI SMITH
Sleepwalker with Owl, 2004
Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan


HOMAGE TO FAUSTO MELOTTI
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero
In collaboration with Fondazione Fausto Melotti

February 1–April 14, 2014

The final section of the exhibition is a tribute to Fausto Melotti (1901–1986), with works by this poetic sculptor such as Counterpoint II, Forgetful Orpheus, and Treble Clef. Appropriately Melotti titled several of his sculptures Theme and Variations, whence derives the title of this series of exhibitions.

Fausto Melotti. Tema e varizioni

FAUSTO MELOTTI, Theme and Variations I, 1968. Collezione privata


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header imagesr:
Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dalí’s “Leopard Skull”, 1951, Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos
Piotr Uklański, Untitled (Skull), 2000, Courtesy of the artist and Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London