1948: The Biennale of Peggy Guggenheim

1948: The Biennale of Peggy Guggenheim

Curated by Gražina Subelytė
May 25–November 25, 2018
PGC, Project Rooms


My exhibition had enormous publicity and the pavilion was one of the most popular of the Biennale. I was terribly excited by all this, but what I enjoyed most was seeing the name of Guggenheim appearing on the maps in the public gardens next to the names of Great Britain, France, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Poland . . . I felt as though I were a new European country.
Peggy Guggenheim, Out of this Century.


Peggy Guggenheim in the Greek Pavilion at the 24th Venice Biennale, where she exhibited her collection, while she hangs Seated Woman II (1939, PGC) by Joan Miró; 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 Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents an homage exhibition 1948: The Biennale of Peggy Guggenheim, curated by Gražina Subelytė, Assistant Curator, installed in the Project Rooms from 25 May to 25 November 2018.

The exhibition 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 No. 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.


Peggy Guggenheim welcomes Luigi Einaudi, President of the Italian Republic, in front of the Greek Pavilion at the 24th Venice Biennale, where she exhibited her collection; 1948.
Peggy Guggenheim at the Greek Pavilion, 24th Venice Biennale, where she exhibited her collection, while she arranges Alexander Calder, Arc of Petals (1941); 1948.
Peggy Guggenheim at the Greek Pavilion, where she exhibited her collection, 24th Venice Biennale, next to Jacques Lipchitz, Seated Pierrot (1922); in the background Piet Mondrian, Composition No. 1 with Grey and Red 1938 / Composition with Red 1939 (1938-39); 1948.
Peggy Guggenheim and painter Arturo Tosi at the Greek Pavilion, 24th Venice Biennale, where she exhibited her collection; behind her (left to right) Joan Miró, Dutch Interior II (1928), Seated Woman II (1939), and Costantin Brancusi, Maiastra (1912); 1948.
Peggy Guggenheim in front of the Greek Pavilion, where she exhibited her collection, 24th Venice Biennale; behind her Antoine Pevsner, Developable Surface (1941); 1948.

© Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Photo Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche. Gift, Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia, 2005.


SPONSOR

With special thanks Peter Lawson-Johnston, President Emeritus of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The exhibitions of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection are made possible by the Institutional Patrons - EFG and Lavazza - by the Guggenheim Intrapresæ and by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Advisory Board. The educational programs related to the exhibition are supported by the Fondazione Araldi Guinetti, Vaduz.

With the support of

Institutional Patrons
EFG
Lavazza

  Guggenheim Intrapresae
Aermec + Allegrini + Apice + Arclinea + Arper + Distilleria Nardini + Florim + Foodies Bros + Gruppo Campari + Hangar Design Group + Istituto Europeo di Design + Mapei + MST-Gruppo Maccaferri + Orsoni + René Caovilla + Rubelli + Safilo Group + Swatch
Public programs are made possible by
Fondazione Araldi Guinetti, Vaduz
 


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