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Postwar Era. A Recent History
Homages to Jack Tworkov and Claire Falkenstein

January 23 - April 4, 2016
Curated by Massimo Barbero

Jack Tworkov, Portrait of Z. Sharkey, 1948, oil on canvas with graphite, 81.3 x 61 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice. Gift, Estate of Jack Tworkov, courtesy American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich, 2013

The exhibition offers a fresh perspective on American and European art in the period between two critical dates—the end of World War II through 1979. Drawn from the collection of Peggy Guggenheim as well as acquisitions by the Foundation after her death, the works—some of which are infrequently exhibited—will be grouped and matched based on theme, style, affinity and a less-than-usual attention to chronology. The exhibition draws on a sensibility that goes beyond canonical art movements and trends, comparable to the refined approach that Peggy Guggenheim learned and cultivated through her activity as a collector, both far-sighted and vanguard. This context also offers insight into the work of two artists in the Foundation’s collections: Jack Tworkov (1900–1982) and Claire Falkenstein (1908–1997). The latter is celebrated for her entrance gates to Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, now the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, in 1960,
and which have undergone maintenance prior to this exhibition.

From Kandinsky to Pollock. The Art of the Guggenheim Collections
19 March – 24 July 2016
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero

Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

This major exhibition brings to Florence over one hundred works, many of them masterpieces, of European and American art from the 1920s to the 1960s, in a narrative that turns on the relationship and the ties across two sides of the Atlantic through two leading American collectors, Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim. The exhibition – a joint project of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York – will offer a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the work of European masters of Modernism such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Paul Klee, as well as European masters of Art Informel such as Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Jean Dubuffet, and Lucio Fontana, with paintings and sculptures by personalities of the American scene in the 1950s and 1960s such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Cy Twombly.

Imagine. New Imagery in Italian Art 1960-1969
23 April – 19 September 2016
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero

Pendant to the exhibition of 2014 dedicated to Azimut/H, which investigated the monochrome and the ‘zeroing’ of the sign that defined the Milanese avant-garde atmosphere during the late 1950s and early 1960s, Imagine. New Imagery in Italian Art 1960-1969 sets out to present for the first time an ideal mapping of artistic research in Italy in the 1960s that deployed new ideas of figuration and of the image. The exhibition presents works by artists such as Franco Angeli, Mario Ceroli, Domenico Gnoli, Giosetta Fioroni, Tano Festa, Fabio Mauri, Francesco lo Savio, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mario Schifano, Giulio Paolini, Jannis Kounellis, and Pino Pascali. They were the originators of a unique vein of creativity in Italian art of the period, of which this exhibition offers examples, trends, insights and peculiarities. It also sheds light on the bond and continuity between tradition and contemporaneity defining this generation of artists, which was central to Italy’s involvement in the international avant-garde of the time. Imagine. New Imagery in Italian Art 1960-1969 will be accompanied by an extensive publication that will contextualize such artistic research, establishing the autonomy of its maturation and evolution with respect to American Pop art.

Peggy Guggenheim in Photographs
10 June - 27 November 2016
Curated by Živa Kraus

Ikona Gallery, Venice

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the origin of the Ghetto of Venice, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Ikona Venezia – Scuola Internazionale della Fotografia will present, in the historic Ikona Gallery in the Campo del Ghetto Novo, an exhibition of photographs of Peggy Guggenheim, curated by Ziva Kraus, titled Peggy Guggenheim in Photographs. Some twenty carefully selected photographs, mostly from the archives of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, will render homage to this great patroness, a key figure in 20th century western art. Among the celebrated photographers whose photographs will be in the exhibition are Berenice Abbott, Man Ray, Roloff Beny, Gianni Berengo Gardin, and Gisèle Freund.

My Weapon against the Atom Bomb is a Blade of Grass
Tancredi. A Retrospective

12 November 2016 – 13 March 2017
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero

This is a long-awaited return to Venice and to Peggy Guggenheim’s museum of Tancredi Parmeggiani (1926-1964), among the most original and passionate Italian painters of third quarter of the 20th century, and the only artist after Jackson Pollock to be put under contract by Peggy Guggenheim, who promoted his work and arranged exhibitions, including a solo show in her Venetian residence, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in 1954. More than sixty years on, Tancredi returns to Palazzo Venier dei Leoni with this retrospective exhibition which, through a selection of exceptional paintings, reconstructs the brief and convulsive career of this great postwar artist. From his early years at art school to his first essays in lyrical color, from his personal contributions to the Spatialist Informel and his mature work of gestural abstract marks, down to the visionary style and content of his imagery in the 1960s, characterized by a troubled and tormented figuration. The exhibition includes a rich group of paintings from both the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Giorgio Bellavitis donation to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 2000, as well as paintings given by Peggy Guggenheim herself to important museums in the United States, such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
For this exhibition, RegalaunAlbero, through the planting and safeguarding for 50 years of trees on Italian territory, will offset up to 150t of the CO2 emissions generated by the organization of the exhibition. RegalaunAlbero’s initiative is defined as a “carbon sink” activity as specified in the Kyoto protocol.

credits: Hangar Design Group