| CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
1948: The Biennale of Peggy Guggenheim
May 25–November 25, 2018
Curated by Gražina Subelytė
Peggy Guggenheim at the Greek Pavilion, 24th Venice Biennale, where she exhibited her collection, while she arranges Alexander Calder, Arc of Petals (1941); 1948. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Photo Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche. Gift, Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia, 2005.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the exhibition of the collection of Peggy Guggenheim in the Greek Pavilion at the 24th Venice Biennale. In order to commemorate this milestone event in the history of 20th-century art, the museum presents an homage exhibition 1948: The Biennale of Peggy Guggenheim. The show will partially recreate the setting of the pavilion through documents, photographs, letters, and for the first time a three-dimensional model of the pavilion installation. The layout had been designed by the distinguished Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa, who collaborated with the Biennale from 1948 to 1972. Selected works from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection will be on view in the exhibition together with others donated by Guggenheim, such as Composition n. 113 (1939) by Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart and Composition (1936) by Jean Hélion, now in the collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. These gifts have not been seen in Venice since the 1950s. In 1948 the presentation of the collection offered the European public the opportunity to catch up with the latest artistic developments and to see the New York artists who would dominate the art scene through the 1950s. The present exhibition will therefore offer the opportunity to re-examine this watershed event in Guggenheim’s career and in the history of the Biennale.