THE PEGGY GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION TURNS 30 YEARS
January 1–December 31, 2010
Every summer, from 1951 to 1979, Peggy Guggenheim opened her collection of modern art to the public. At Easter 1980, not long after Peggy Guggenheim’s death (December 23, 1979), Palazzo Venier dei Leoni reopened its doors under the management of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. It has become the most important museum in Italy for European and American art from the first half of the 20th Century. In 2010, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the museum with a series of meetings and events, looking ahead with the spirit of openness and innovation that has always characterized the last dogaressa, Peggy Guggenheim.
PEGGY AND SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM. THE AVANT-GARDES OF ABSTRACTION
February 20–May 30, 2010
curated by Luca Massimo Barbero
venue: Arca – ex Chiesa di San Marco, Vercelli
The debate between the figurative and the abstract was central to artistic experiment during the early 20th Century. At the centre of this were Solomon R. Guggenheim and his niece Peggy. The exhibition Peggy and Solomon R. Guggenheim.The Avant-Gardes of Abstraction joins these two collectors in a pictorial journey, from Cézanne to Vedova, from Braque and Delaunay to Mondrian and Dubuffet, which spans the early, middle and late phases of this movement. This exhibition is the third in a trilogy of exhibitions organized by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection for the Piedmont Region and the Comune of Vercelli.
UTOPIA MATTERS: FROM BROTHERHOODS TO BAUHAUS
May 1–July 25, 2010
curated by Vivien Greene
With more than 70 works of art, encompassing painting, sculpture, drawing, decorative art, design, photography, and printed matter, the exhibition examines the evolution of utopian ideas in modern Western artistic thought and practice, taking an international sequence of case studies that reveals some of the faces that utopia can assume when embraced by artistic movements—from the brotherhoods of the 19th century to the avant-gardes of the period immediately following World War I. The groups addressed are the French Primitifs, the German Nazarenes, the English Pre-Raphaelites, English polymath William Morris and the international Arts and Crafts movement, the American Cornish art colony, French Neo-Impressionism, Dutch De Stijl, the German Bauhaus, and Russian Constructivism. The exhibition includes loans from some of the most important museums in the world, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Tate Britain, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. This exhibition is organized together with Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin where it was exhibited from January 22 – April 11, 2010.
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PEGGY IN VENICE. Photographed by Nino Migliori
April 7–July 26, 2010
A selection of photographs of Peggy Guggenheim and her palazzo, dating from 1958 by celebrated Bolognese photographer Nino Migliori, have been donated by Giovanni and Anna Rosa Cotroneo. The photographs will be on view to the public from April 7 through July 26 at the Museum Café.
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ADOLPH GOTTLIEB. A RETROSPECTIVE
September 4, 2010–January 9, 2011
curated by Luca Massimo Barbero
The exhibition surveys the art of the American artist Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974): from his initial paintings of Surrealist influence, to his expressionist and abstract works. The popularity of Gottlieb derives from his invention of a visual language more basic and universal than written language, purged of symbols with historical precedents. His Pictographs are images of what appear to be archaic symbols in irregular grids; his Bursts and Landscapes are symbols of cosmic and universal, as well as uniquely aesthetic value. The show includes sketches, prints and sculptures. The exhibition has been organized in partnership with the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, New York. It includes loans from the American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich, various private collections, as well as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Musée National d’Art Moderne (Centre Pompidou), and the Museum Frieder Burda.
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PEGGY GUGGENHEIM. A COLLECTION IN VENICE
October 9, 2010–January 31, 2011
curated by Gary Dufour, Philip Rylands
venue: Art Gallery of Western Australia