| UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
From Gesture to Form. Postwar European and American Art from the Schulhof Collection
January 26–March 18, 2019
Curated by Gražina Subelytė and Karole P. B. Vail
Joan Mitchell, Composition, 1962, oil oil on canvas, 146.1 x 114.3 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012 © Estate of Joan Mitchell.
In 2012, Hannelore B. Schulhof (1922–2012), who collected with her late husband Rudolph R. Schulhof (1912–1999), bequeathed eighty works of postwar European and American art to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to be housed at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. This exhibition will be an opportunity to view the Schulhof Collection nearly in its entirety. Privileging formal artistic developments, this presentation will provide insights into the art movements and styles that evolved and matured towards the end of World War II through to the 1980s. Abstract imagery, as a quest into issues of color, form and space as well as their interrelationships, characterized the postwar decades, becoming the foundation of the Schulhof Collection. This exhibition will celebrate how, crossing continents and traversing cultures, the Schulhof Collection reflects a multitude of postwar artistic tendencies and a polyphony of voices. In addition to examining the art of postwar decades, the display will also shed light on the Schulhofs’ collecting vision and history.
The Nature of Arp
April 13–September 2, 2019
Curated by Catherine Craft
Organized by The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
Jean Arp, Head and Shell (Tête et coquille), ca. 1933, polished brass, 19.7 cm high. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553 PG 54
The exhibition will present a compelling new look at an artist whose experimental approach to the creative process and radical rethinking of traditional art forms resonate with the wide-ranging character of art today. Over a career spanning over six decades, Jean (Hans) Arp (1886–1966) produced an influential body of work in a rich variety of materials and formats. A founder of Dada, he developed a vocabulary of curving, organic forms that moved fluidly between abstraction and representation and became a point of reference for subsequent generations of artists. The exhibition is organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center, first venue of the show.
Peggy Guggenheim. The Last Dogaressa
21 September, 2019–27 January, 2020
Curated by Karole P. B. Vail, with Gražina Subelytė
René Magritte, Empire of Light (L’Empire des lumières), 1953–54, oil on canvas, 195.4 x 131.2 cm. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553 PG 102
The exhibition will celebrate Peggy Guggenheim’s Venetian life, shedding light on how she significantly continued to add works of art to her collection after her departure from New York, having closed her museum-gallery Art of This Century (1942–47), and having made Venice her home in 1948. The exhibition will present a selection of paintings, sculptures and works of paper that Guggenheim acquired from the late 1940s to 1979, the year in which she passed away, while simultaneously highlighting the milestone events and exhibitions that she organized and participated in. Focusing on the last three decades of Guggenheim’s acquisitions, the exhibition will offer an unparalleled opportunity to revisit and re-contextualize renowned masterpieces. These comprise René Magritte’s Empire of Light (1953–54), alongside rarely exhibited works by artists such as René Brô, Gwyther Irwin, and Grace Hartigan, as well as the Japanese-born Kenzo Okada and Tomonori Toyofuku, thus conveying Guggenheim’s interest in art beyond Europe and the United States.
February 15–June 15, 2020
Curated by Karole P. B. Vail
Initiation Mask, Zaire, Yaka, polychrome wood, woven raffia, and raffia, 50 cm high. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553 PG 254
Peggy Guggenheim challenged boundaries as a patron and collector. She is celebrated for her groundbreaking European and American modern art collection. This exhibition will focus on a lesser-known, but crucial episode in Guggenheim’s own migratory path: her turn to the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in the 1950s and ’60s. In these years, Guggenheim acquired works created by artists from cultures worldwide, including early twentieth-century sculpture from Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, and New Guinea, and ancient examples from Mexico and Peru. The exhibition will present Guggenheim’s African, Oceanic, Andean, and Mesoamerican objects in dialogue with European pieces from her collection.