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Peggy's Circle of Friends

Djuna Barnes

One of Peggy Guggenheim’s close friends was Djuna Barnes. They met in the early 1920s through Laurence Vail and their friendship lasted a lifetime.
Peggy's Circle of Friends

Samuel Beckett

Peggy Guggenheim met Samuel Beckett in Paris on the day after Christmas in 1937. He would make a mark in the history of twentieth-century literature and be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.
Peggy's Circle of Friends

Bernard Berenson

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 shared the teachings of the famous Berenson.
Peggy's Circle of Friends

John Cage

In 1942 Peggy Guggenheim and Max Ernst welcomed John Cage and his wife Xenia Andreyevna Kashevaroff to their New York home. The time together was intense, though short-lived, and filled with art, music and parties.
Peggy's Circle of Friends

Truman Capote

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.
Peggy's Circle of Friends

Emma Goldman

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.
Peggy's Circle of Friends

James Joyce

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).
Peggy's Circle of Friends

Frederick Kiesler

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.
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