Josef Albers in Mexico
May 19 – September 3, 2018
Curated by Lauren Hinkson

Josef Albers, To Monte Alban, 1939. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Gift, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, 1996

This will be the first exhibition to look at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s never before exhibited photographs and photocollages alongside significant paintings by Josef Albers (1888–1976). It will also include a select group of loans from the Anni and Josef Albers Foundation, holdings of rarely seen photocollages from Mexico, and early paintings that will provide further context for this least known of Albers’s practice. The exhibition will present a unique opportunity to experience the revelatory influence the archaeological sites and monuments of Mexico had on Albers, showing his interest in the geometry and formal elements of pre-Columbian architecture. At the same time, Albers’ long-term commitment to studying Mexican art and architecture also positions him as a prescient figure in the history of post-WWII American art, when artists such as Donald Judd, Ad Reinhardt and Robert Smithson looked toward ancient traditions with a new sensitivity and self-awareness. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection will host the exhibition after its initial presentation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

1948: The Biennale of Peggy Guggenheim
May 25–November 25, 2018
Curated by Gražina Subelytė

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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.

2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the exhibition of Peggy Guggenheim’s collection in the Greek Pavilion at the 24th Venice Biennale. It was a landmark event. Not only it was the first display of a comprehensive modern art collection in Italy after two decades of dictatorial regime, but also the first showing of Peggy’s collection in Europe, following the end of WWII and her move from New York to Venice. More than any other exhibition in that Biennale, Peggy’s collection offered a broad overview of the artistic developments of the first half of the 20th century, including Cubism, abstraction, Surrealism and, above all, the latest developments of American art, marking the first sighting of Jackson Pollock’s art in Europe. The layout of the pavilion was designed by the eminent Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa. The show will include multimedia, photographic, and other ephemeral materials describing the pavilion and Peggy’s collaboration with Scarpa, and a 3D model of the exhibition layout, thus allowing for the examination and envisioning of this watershed moment in the career of Peggy Guggenheim and the history of the Venice Biennale.

Osvaldo Licini 1894–1958
September 22, 2018–January 14, 2019
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero

Osvaldo Licini, Castello in aria, 1933-1936. Collection Augusto and Francesca Giovanardi

The exhibition will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Osvaldo Licini’s death (1894–1958). In 1958 Licini exhibited 53 works, dating from 1925 to 1958, at the 29th Venice Biennale, in a gallery designed by Carlo Scarpa. Supported by Peggy Guggenheim’s friend and art critic, Giuseppe Marchiori, he was awarded the Grand Prix for Painting. Licini was a major figure in the development of Italian art in the first half of the 20th century. Following his early figurative works, Licini rejected realism and painted fully abstract works. The exhibition will comprise around 80 paintings that will exemplify Licini’s art, made of colors and signs that he viewed as expressions of energy, willpower, ideas, and magic.

credits: Hangar Design Group