Truman Capote was a frequent visitor to Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. He visited Peggy Guggenheim for the first time in September 1950, returned in September two years later, and again in the summer of 1953. He then stayed in her home for six weeks in the spring of 1956 and for the last time in the spring of 1961.
Villerville, Normandy in the 1920s: Peggy Guggenheim met James Joyce, one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, author of an epic two-part linguistically impenetrable landmark work, "Ulysses" (1922) and "Finnegans Wake" (1939).
During the winter of 1927, in the French coastal city of Saint-Tropez, the anarchist Emma Goldman began writing her autobiography, "Living My Life" (1931). The cottage she stayed in was provided by Peggy Guggenheim.
In 1942 Peggy Guggenheim and Max Ernst welcomed John Cage and his wife Xenia Andreyevna Kashevaroff to their New York home. The time they shared together was intense, though short-lived, and filled with art, music and parties.
A thin, red thread connects the life and passions of two of the most eccentric U.S. collectors of the modern era, Isabella Stewart Gardner and Peggy Guggenheim. Both women were determined to make art the cornerstone of their lives, were in love with Venice, and followed the teachings of famous art historian Bernard Berenson.
On October 20, 1942, Peggy Guggenheim inaugurated her New York museum-gallery, Art of This Century, designed by Frederick Kiesler, a multifaceted artist, architect, set designer, and sculptor who was best known for his utopian projects, exhibition installations, and the theory of Correalism.
Those who knew Peggy Guggenheim share anecdotes and personal memories of the life and personality of the American patron.