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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.