Conducted by Alessandra Montalbetti, Superintendency of the Brera, Milan

In 1935, Martin Heidegger wrote that the only ontological truth about art is its errant destiny. This Guggenheim Class examines those artists who, centuries before our time, both sought, and knew how, to alter the course of art history, even though their cultural climate was not always amenable to such change and they risked incomprehension and rejection by their patrons. These were artists who broadened their scope of knowledge, who were never satisfied, and who stood out amongst their peers as true moderns, authentic contemporary artists: from Giotto to Simone Martini, Masaccio to Leonardo, Caravaggio to Rembrandt, from Manet to Boccioni. In this class, we evaluate their cultural significance, reconnect their poetics to philosophy and contemporary literature, and examine their role in the culture of their own time as well as the undeniable influence they exerted in our own time: because, as Egon Schiele wisely stated, there is no ‘art before or art after’, there is only, and always, contemporary art.

Medieval and Gothic. From 1300 to 1400
February 3 and 17, March 3, 17 and 31, 2014 | 7.00-9.00 pm
March 29: guided visit to Padova

Renaissance and Baroque. From 1400 to 1700
April 7, 8.00–10.00 pm
April 15, 7.00–9.00 pm
April 28, 7.00–9.00 pm
May 12, 7.00–9.00 pm
May 26, 8.00–10.00 pm
May 10: guided visit to Milan

The Modern Era. From 1800 to today
September 29, October 13 and 27, November 10 and 24 | 7.00-9.00 pm
November 22: guided visit to Venice

The lessons are in Italian

This course has been made possible thanks to the support of Matteo and Raffaella De Poli, and Claude and Daniela Ginella.
We wish to thank Garage San Marco SpA for providing participants with parking facilities at reduced rates


Course location: Fondazione di Venezia, Rio Novo, Dorsoduro, 3488/U, Venice (map)
Registration is required and places are limited

Deadline for enrolment in the first cycle: January 30, 2014.
It is possible to enrol now for more than one cycle.
A minimum number of participants is required.


Peggy Guggenheim Collection members
Holder of Guggenheim Young Pass
Teacher of any rank or grade

Fully booked

80 euro
110 euro
40 euro*
40 euro, subject to presentation of a document issued by the school or institute.
* Do you have a GAT Card? If so, get your Guggenheim Young Pass for only 2.50 euro (until stock is exhausted)

Those enrolled in the class can park their cars at Garage San Marco at Piazzale Roma for 10 euro. This rate is available for the evening of the class.

Membership Office
Collezione Peggy Guggenheim
Dorsoduro 701 – 30123 Venice
Tel. +39 041 2405440/429

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