| PAST EXHIBITIONS
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.