In conjunction with the exhibition The Nature of Arp the Peggy Guggenheim Collection offers a series of free collateral activities to the public, children and adults alike.

The public programs of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection are supported by Fondazione Araldi Guinetti, Vaduz.

For Museum Members

April 12, 5pm, 5:30pm and 6pm
Preview Visit

A unique opportunity for museum members to participate to a preview visit of The Nature of Arp with the exhibition curator Catherine Craft and the staff of the Education Department.
The visit in English takes place at 5pm, in Italian at 5:30pm and 6pm.
For information:
View the calendar of events for museum members

For Museum Visitors

Daily, 3:3pm
Guided Tours

Free guided tours of The Nature of Arp will offer visitors the opportunity to explore the artistic and poetic oeuvre of Jean (Hans) Arp, one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

Tours are given in either English or Italian, based on availability.
Free upon purchase of the entrance ticket. No booking required.

For Museum Visitors

April 13 and May 18, 11am
Meet the curator
Catherine Craft, Curator, Nasher Sculpture Center, will present the exhibition in the galleries and introduce visitors to the oeuvre of Jean (Hans) Arp.
Tours are in English. Free upon purchase of the entrance ticket. No booking required.

Catherine Craft, Curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, is a scholar of Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Neo-Dada. At the Nasher Sculpture Center she curated the retrospectives Melvin Edwards: Five Decades (2015), and The Nature of Arp (2018), and edited the respective catalogues. She authored catalogue essays on Ann Veronica Janssens and Katharina Grosse; on Isamu Noguchi for the exhibition Return to Earth: Ceramic Sculpture of Fontana, Melotti, Miró, Noguchi, and Picasso, 1943-1963; and on Lara Almarcegui, Rachel Harrison, and Liz Larner for the exhibition Nasher XChange: 10 Years. 10 Artists. 10 Sites. In 2017 she curated Paper into Sculpture, an exhibition featuring contemporary artists using paper as their sculptural medium. Moreover, she has researched works in the permanent collection of the Nasher Sculpture Center.

For Museum Visitors

April 24, 11 am (in English) and 3pm (in Italian)
featuring Arp
Selected poems and texts by Jean (Hans) Arp and dedicated to his friends, the artists Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Vasily Kandinsky, and Theo van Doesburg, among others, will introduce exhibition visitors to the cultural and artistic milieu of Arp’s time and to the great artists collected by Peggy Guggenheim.
The visit is organized and led by Luca Scarlini. Free upon purchase of the entrance ticket. No booking required.

Luca Scarlini Luca Scarlini is a writer, storyteller and performer. He has authored texts for theater and music, and teaches creative writing at the Scuola Holden, Turin. He was artistic consultant of the Festival MilanOltre (2004-2008), artistic director of TTv (2006), and coordinated the events of the Capitale Mondiale del Libro in Turin (2005). He collaborates with numerous European and Italian theaters, with musicians, dancers, and actors, and with Radio 3 Rai. He also has curated exhibitions on the relations among art, music, theater, and fashion.

For Families

May 26, 3pm
The Forms of Nature
“I was born in nature” is the opening line of a poem by Jean (Hans) Arp which, together with the works on view in the exhibition and the flora of the museum garden, will inspire participants to the workshop. Creative activities will be based on ‘informal’ materials. Immersed in the museum garden, families will explore key elements of Arp’s art and the relation between artificial and natural forms.
The workshop is organized by REMIDA, Center for Creative Recycling in Reggio Emilia

For children 4–10 years old accompanied by an adult. Free activity. Booking in advance required by calling +39.041.2405444 on the Friday prior to the workshop.

In 2018 the Peggy Guggenheim Collection joined ASviS, the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development that promotes the 17 Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. The program The Forms of Nature is part of the 2019 Sustainable Development Festival as it addresses, in particular, Goal 4 to ensure quality education, and Goal 12 to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

For Museum Visitors

June 12, 11am and 3pm

The visit is organized and led by Luca Scarlini.
Free upon purchase of the entrance ticket. No booking required.

Some elements influence our concentration or attention span when visiting an exhibition: galleries can be visited clockwise or counterclockwise, at a fast or slow pace, and works of art can be looked at for a fixed amount of time. These aspects will allow visitors to explore key notions of Jean (Hans) Arp’s poetics, such as the themes of “double” and “chance”.
The visit is organized and led by Luca Scarlini.

For Children 4-10 Years Old

Kids Day

Two free workshops will provide children with the opportunity to discover the works of the famous French-German artist that are on view in The Nature of Arp.

June 23, 3pm

Jean (Hans) Arp was a painter, sculptor and poet. His works of art and poems may be visionary, ironic or surreal. Let’s be inspired by the beauty of the works of art and discover our poetic side.

July 14, 3pm
Arp Attack

Jean (Hans) Arp considered the creation of a work art like the creation of new being. Our minds and intellect will help us, young inventors, to create a beautiful sculpture.

Kids Days take place at the museum and are free, for children 4–10 years old. Advance booking required by calling +39.041.2405444 on the Friday before each workshop.

For blind and visually impaired visitors and the seeing public, adults and children

Doppio Senso: A Tactile Journey

Thanks to Doppio Senso, the inclusive accessibility program designed for blind and visually impaired visitors—though participation is open to all—visitors will discover the works of Jean (Hans) Arp. Valeria Bottalico will lead the visit which involves the tactile exploration of some of the works on view. A workshop with the blind artist Felice Tagliaferri will follow to introduce participants to modeling.

The works by Arp that have been reproduced in wood and are available for tactile exploration are: Configuration with Two Dangerous Points (1930), Constellation (1932 /1959), and Overturned Blue Shoe with Two Heels under a Black Vault (1925 c.).

Saturday, April 13, 2pm
For adults

Sunday, April 14, 3pm
For children 6–12 years old

Saturday, May 18, 2pm
For adults

Workshops are free of charge. Advance booking required by calling +39.041.2405444.