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Gianni Mattioli Collection: Italina Art 1910-1921 / Italian Postwar Art in the Collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
February 14 - April 6, 2015

February 14 September 14, 2015
Curated by Luciano Pensabene and Roberto Bellucci

Jackson Pollock, Alchemy, 1947, oil, aluminum, alkyd enamel paint with sand, pebbles, fibers and broken wooden sticks on canvas, 114.6 x 221.3 cm. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553 PG 150 [info]

After more than a year's absence, Jackson Pollock's Alchemy – one the museum’s masterpieces and a masterpiece of American Abstract Expressionism – has returned to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Pollock's work has undergone an extensive cycle of studies at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure of Florence, in collaboration with eleven Italian science institutions engaged in the field of conservation of cultural heritage. The remarkable results will be presented in an interactive and multimedia installation, offering insights into the science of conservation and into Pollock’s working methods. Above all this will be an opportunity to see the painting for the first time in its original splendor after the lengthy operation of surface cleaning.
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April 23 September 14, 2015
Curated by Philip Rylands

Charles Pollock, Chapala 3, 1956, oil and tempera on canvas, 121.9 x 91.4 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim, Venice. Gift, Charles Pollock Archives, courtesy American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich 2009.36 [info]

The exhibition documents Charles Pollock’s full career, with most of the material (art and documents, some of it never before exhibited) being loaned by the Charles Pollock Archive, Paris, thanks to the Pollock family. Additional loans will come from members of the Pollock family, from the Archives of American Art/Smithsonian Institution, and other Institutions and private collections. Early letters, photos and sketches will document the relations between Charles and Jackson.
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April 23 November 16, 2015
Curated by David Anfam

Jackson Pollock, Mural, 1943, oil and casein on canvas, 242.9 x 603.9 cm. Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6. University of Iowa Museum of Art. Reproduced with permission from The University of Iowa

From April 23 through November 16, 2015 the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’: Energy Made Visible. The exhibition is curated by David Anfam, Senior Consulting Curator, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, and a preeminent authority on Abstract Expressionism. This touring exhibition focuses on Jackson Pollock’s Mural (1943, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City), following its 18-month campaign of conservation and cleaning at the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles. The immensely dynamic Mural is the largest painting Pollock created and it has exerted a seismic impact on American art down to the present day. Commissioned in the summer of 1943 by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York townhouse, Mural established a new sense of scale and audacity for the Abstract Expressionist movement, anticipating the classic ‘poured’ abstractions that Pollock would begin four years later. Setting Mural into context, the selection includes Pollock’s newly-restored Alchemy, as well as works by the artist’s wife Lee Krasner, David Smith and Robert Motherwell. Crucially, it also sheds new light on Pollock’s relationship to such photographers of action and energy as Herbert Matter, Barbara Morgan, Aaron Siskind and Gjon Mili. The exhibition travels to the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin and then to the Museo Picasso, Málaga. Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’: Energy Made Visible is organized by The University of Iowa Museum of Art.

A fully-illustrated book by David Anfam, published by Thames & Hudson, accompanies the exhibition.
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