GUGGENHEIM CIRCLE

   
New York 2011   Cortina 2012   Chicago 2008
   
Venezia 2012   Circle dinner 2010   Sicilia 2016


History and Mission

In 1982, two years after the official opening of the museum, the first membership group which was aptly named “Junior Members” was born. Later, during 1996, the group was renamed the Guggenheim Circle, and in subsequent years the Peggy Guggenheim Collection has received increasing requests for membership to this dynamic and exclusive community of modern and contemporary art enthusiasts.
Associates of the Guggenheim Circle enjoy the unique opportunity to participate in an ongoing program of special events, excursions and conferences which take place in both Italy and, in cases where selected international exhibitions and cultural events take place, also abroad. It is the membership group themselves who foster and contribute to the rich network of supporters by personally extending invites to select new members. The unique way in which this membership base is structured facilitates cultural exchanges between participants, ensuring that all members continue to share and unite through common interests and objectives.
The Guggenheim Circle consists of members throughout Italy and has a distinguished succession of presidents from Silvio Chiari to Giò Marconi, Lucia Riello and Gianattilio Usoni. Luca Massimo Barbero held the position of Vice President, from 1996 to 2003. From June 2011 to December 2013 the Circle was overseen by Giulio Avon. The Vice President was Patrizia Spadafora Berloffa. From 2014 to 2016 John Leopoldo Fiorilla di Santa Croce has been President of the Guggenheim Circle. From June 2017 the President is Mariagrabriella Rinaldi Barbini.


Acquisition Fund

The Guggenheim Circle is committed to supporting the museum through the generation of funds for the purpose of enriching the permanent collection through the acquisition of new works. Since 2006, a watercolour by Lucio Fontana, ink on paper by David Smith as well as a fine pen drawing on paper by Dadamaino and a frottage by Roland Penrose have been purchased for the collection. Throughout 2010 the Circle was actively engaged in an important campaign for the acquisition of a pair of earrings which belonged to Peggy Guggenheim, and were designed by Yves Tanguy. The Guggenheim Circle was engaged in 2013 in a campaign for the acquisition of a painting by Rita Kernn-Larsen, Self-Portrait (Know Thyself). In 2016 the group purchased six photographs by Berenice Abbott.

Lucio Fontana

  David Smith   Dadamaino
   

Study for a Ceiling (Studio per Soffitto), 1952–55
India ink, watercolor, and pencil on cardboard, 25.3 x 55.5 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice
Purchased with funds given by the Guggenheim Circle, Venice 2006
© Fondazione Lucio Fontana. Milan
 
Untitled, 1931
Ink on paper, 42 x 35 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice
Purchased with funds contributed by the Guggenheim Circle, Venice 2007
© David Smith, by SIAE 2008
 
The Facts of Life. Letter No. 12
(I fatti della vita, Lettera 12), 1980
India ink on paper, 205 x 98 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice
Purchased with funds given by the Guggenheim Circle
and The International Friends, Venice 2009
         
Yves Tanguy   Roland Penrose   Rita Kernn-Larsen
Tanguy orecchini   penrose   Rita Kernn-Larsen


Earrings for Peggy Guggenheim, ca. 1938
Silver, gold, pearls and oil on shell,
7 x 3.7 x 1.6 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice
Purchased with funds given by Guggenheim Circle
and the Friends of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, 2011
© Yves Tanguy, by SIAE 2011

 
Frottage, ca. 1932
Charcoal and colored crayons on paper, 33 x 49 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice
Purchased with funds given by the Guggenheim Circle and Penny Borda, 2012
© Roland Penrose Estate, England 2012.The Roland Penrose Collection. All rights reserved
 
Self-Portrait (Know Thyself), 1937
Oil on canvas, 40 x 45 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice
Purchased with funds contributed by Penny Borda, Lewis and Laura Kruger, and the Guggenheim Circle, 2013
         
Berenice Abbott        
   

Abstract Gallery, Art of This Century, 1942, vintage gelatin silver print, 25.4 x 20.3 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice. Purchased with funds donated by Alberto and Gioietta Vitale, the Guggenheim Circle of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Sotheby's, and through prior gifts of the M.R. Taylor Bequest and Asbjorn Lunde, 2016
2016.63
 
Abstract Gallery, Art of This Century, 1942, vintage gelatin silver print, 25.4 x 20.3 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice. Purchased with funds donated by Alberto and Gioietta Vitale, the Guggenheim Circle of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Sotheby's, and through prior gifts of the M.R. Taylor Bequest and Asbjorn Lunde, 2016
2016.64
 
Daylight Gallery, Art of This Century, 1942, vintage gelatin silver print, 25.4 x 20.3 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice. Purchased with funds donated by Alberto and Gioietta Vitale, the Guggenheim Circle of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Sotheby's, and through prior gifts of the M.R. Taylor Bequest and Asbjorn Lunde, 2016
2016.66
         
   

Abstract Gallery, Art of This Century, 1942, vintage gelatin silver print, 25.4 x 20.3 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice. Purchased with funds donated by Alberto and Gioietta Vitale, the Guggenheim Circle of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Sotheby's, and through prior gifts of the M.R. Taylor Bequest and Asbjorn Lunde, 2016
2016.65
 
Surrealist Gallery, Art of This Century, 1942, vintage gelatin silver print, 20.3 x 25.4 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice. Purchased with funds donated by Alberto and Gioietta Vitale, the Guggenheim Circle of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Sotheby's, and through prior gifts of the M.R. Taylor Bequest and Asbjorn Lunde, 2016
2016.62
 
Daylight Gallery, Art of This Century, 1942, vintage gelatin silver print, 25.4 x 20.3 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice. Purchased with funds donated by Alberto and Gioietta Vitale, the Guggenheim Circle of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Sotheby's, and through prior gifts of the M.R. Taylor Bequest and Asbjorn Lunde, 2016
2016.67


Benefits

  • Personalized Membership Card and complimentary guest card
  • Free admission to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and to Guggenheim museums in New York and Bilbao
  • Circle members travel program
  • Invitation to the activities of the Amici membership level
  • Invitations to exhibition openings at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • Free admission to Italian modern and contemporary art museums
  • Complimentary catalog of the permanent collection at the time of joining and annual catalog of one museum’s Exhibition discounts at Guggenheim stores and cafés
  • Monthly newsletter sent by e-mail and four-monthly magazine sent to your home address
  • Discounts at Guggenheim stores and cafés
  • Access to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection library
  • Discounted rental of the audio-guide for the permanent collection
Members events calendar

INFO
Martina Pizzul Chiggiato, mpizzul@guggenheim-venice.it – tel. 041 2405412 – fax 041 5206885
Caterina Briolini, cbriolini@guggenheim-venice.it – tel. 041 2405429 – fax 041 5206885