Curated by Alessandra Montalbetti, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
Peggy Guggenheim—one of if not the greatest 20th century art collector—passed away forty years ago. In 1921, when she was in Paris, surrounded by friends such as Djuna Barnes, Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, Peggy Guggenheim felt as though she was at the center of the world. It was then that she began to appreciate the art of the avant-gardes she was immersed in. This revolutionary and innovative art fascinated her for its projection onto the future. She moved to London and in 1938—a difficult year for Europe— she opened her first gallery and later decided to create her museum. She returned to Paris, where she acquired numerous works that are still in the collection today, and in 1941 returned to New York. The following year she opened her museum-gallery Art of This Century—a further testimony of her passion for the present and her resolute dedication to be at the center of all major artistic issues. This brought her to exhibit at the 1948 Venice Biennale, the living center of the art of her time.
Lectures will examine the works and the artists Peggy Guggenheim collected to unfold the passion to be at the center of one’s time
British Painting and Sculpture: Kenneth Armitage, Francis Bacon, Lynn Chadwick, Alan Davie, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, and Graham Sutherland
The Violence of CoBRA: Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, and Asger Jorn
Jackson Pollock and Tancredi: the Desperate Search for Vital Solutions
The Diverse Sculptural Idioms of Hans Arp and Antoine Pevsner
Optical and Kinetic Art: When Art and Audience Move
The Italian Artists Collected After 1949: Edmondo Bacci, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Giuseppe Santomaso, and Emilio Vedova
Vasily Kandinsky and Constantin Brancusi: the Accurate Search and the Dream of Capturing the Absolute
Abstraction in Its Various Forms: Piero Dorazio, Jean Hélion, El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg
Surrealism: René Magritte and Max Ernst
Pablo Picasso and Man Ray as Protagonists of Change
Venue: Auditorium Santa Margherita, Ca’ Foscari. Campo Santa Margherita, Venice.
Lectures are in Italian only
Enrollment required. Places are limited.
Garage San Marco offers participants a discounted parking tariff at 10 euros on the evening of the lecture.
Members of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection: 100 euros
Non members: 130 euros
Guggenheim Young Pass: 50 euros
Teachers and docents: 60 euros (with a school certificate)
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Dorsoduro 701 – 30123 Venezia
Tel. 041 2405440/429