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.

Migrating Objects
February 15–June 15, 2020

Advisory Committee: Christa Clarke, Independent Scholar; Ellen McBreen, Associate Professor of Art History, Wheaton College, Mass.; Paz Núñez-Regueiro, Head Curator of the Americas, Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac; and Fanny Wonu Veys, National Museum of World Cultures, The Netherlands; with Vivien Greene, Senior Curator, 19th- and Early 20th-Century Art, Guggenheim Museum and Karole P.B. Vail, Director, Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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.

credits: Hangar Design Group