| PAST EXHIBITIONS
THEMES & VARIATIONS. THE EMPIRE OF LIGHT
February 1–April 14, 2014
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero
First conceived in 2002 by Luca Massimo Barbero, this is the fourth edition of an innovative but tested exhibition formula that offers visitors fresh perceptions of the museum’s collections, whether well-known or less so, by means of a dialogue with works by more contemporary artists from other collections, thus opening up new, multiple possible interpretations. Works from the early 20th century avant-garde connect thematically in a confrontation and comparison with post war and contemporary works, tracing the evolution of forms of visual expression as they change with time. The curatorial narrative represents an opportunity to explore evolving themes such as light, twilight and darkness, in a repeated confrontation between Day and Night.
KIDS CREATIVE LAB
April 25–May 4, 2014
A huge mosaic is the outcome of this second edition of Kids Creative Lab, an innovative project conceived jointly by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and OVS, Italy’s best known fast fashion clothing retailer. The work will meander through several of the museum’s exhibition galleries. The ‘artists’ of this mosaic, realized using tessere made with recycled glass, compliments of Trend, are the children of Italy’s Primary Schools, who will work with an Artist’s Kit to make this collective work of art.
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. A PRIVATE COLLECTION, FROM MANNERISM TO SURREALISM
May 24–August 31, 2014
Curated by Andreas Beyer
From May 24 through August 31, 2014 the Peggy Guggenheim Collection hosts For Your Eyes Only. A Private Collection, from Mannerism to Surrealism, curated by Andreas Beyer. This exhibition presents a rich selection of works from the private Collection of Richard and Ulla Dreyfus-Best, in Basel. A selection of approximately one hundred and ten paintings, sculptures, drawings and artefacts ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day reveals the special world of this collection, manifesting a contemporary reference to issues about the influential power of art through the ages. In assembling their collection, the collectors not only made of originality and quality essential criteria, they also required that all works specifically reference “artifice”. The collection includes works by Arnold Böcklin, Victor Brauner, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Giorgio de Chirico, Francesco Clemente, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Man Ray and Andy Warhol, among many others. The exhibition is co-organized by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Kunstmuseum Basel where it will be on view from September 21, 2014 through January 4, 2015.
AZIMUT/H. CONTINUITY AND NEWNESS
September 20, 2014–January 19, 2015
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection celebrates the neo-avant-gardes with an exhibition dedicated to Azimut/h, the gallery and the review founded in 1959 by Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani. The exhibition sets out to reconstruct the fundamental role played by Azimuth/h and by the revolutionary new generation of creative spirits that it brought together, in the panorama of experimental and new art in Italy and Europe at that time. With a full selection of works of art but also printed and manuscript documentation, some unpublished, this exhibition will bring to life this short but intense story characteristic of the internationalization of contemporary art in the period following World War II. With this exhibition the curator Luca Massimo Barbero keeps researching on the national and international artistic background of the 50s and the 60s, which will be contemporaneously celebrated by ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s, an exhibition curated by Valerie Hillings, Associate Curator and Manager, Curatorial Affairs, Abu Dhabi Project, taking place at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York from October 10, 2014.