Incoming interns are sent a list of available rooms and apartments for rent one month prior to their arrival. Although this may seem to come late and to limit possibilities, experience tells us that there is rarely a problem in successfully arranging for accommodation. Rooms and apartments on the list are regularly rented by interns of the program: since interns come and go every month, there is a regular turnover. Should interns wish to view images of the apartments beforehand, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of recommended hotels and hostels will also be provided. The museum is available to assist interns, also in their relations with landlords.
How much will it cost?
Rent depends on the size of the apartment (e.g. single room, double room, apartment, old, new, etc.), but ranges from €400 to €1000 per month per person and may or may not include utilities.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Certain apartments require a deposit that is returned at the end of the rental period. In such cases, the deposit is usually the equivalent of one month’s rent. Please be sure to clarify this matter with the landlord.
What are the apartments like?
Apartments vary substantially. Those on the PGC Housing List have been inspected by the Intern Coordinators. They may be a studio, one bedroom, two bedrooms, furnished simply, furnished with antiques, etc. They may be shared with other interns or with local residents (e.g. students, young professionals, and landlords). Bed linen and towels are usually provided and most places are equipped with a washing machine. Apartments generally have internet access.
How many interns participate in the program?
Each year approximately 180 interns participate in the Internship Program at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Each month 25 to 35 interns participate to the program, with 5 to 15 beginning each month.
How should I prepare my seminar?
The seminar should be near completion upon arrival in Venice. It will be delivered in the last month of one’s internship, allowing time to edit and fine-tune it. As the internship can be demanding, we highly discourage participants from leaving its preparation to the last minute. The seminar can address any aspect of art, art theory, art criticism, museology, curatorial issues, or specific exhibitions. It does not have to focus specifically on artists or works of art in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Ongoing projects or theses are welcome. Images may be in the form of a PowerPoint file or other audio-visual supports (video, CD, etc.). The seminar will be delivered to the other participants in the program, therefore seminars that foster group discussion are encouraged. It does not need to be a traditional paper presentation, but rather dynamic and thoroughly researched. The seminar should last approximately 30 minutes. Interns will have full access to the museum art library for their research.
Do I need a cell phone?
Cell phones are not a requirement, but are highly recommended since other types of services may not be available. Italian SIM cards can be purchased in numerous shops in Venice.
What should I wear to work?
There is no work uniform. The museum operates on a semi-casual dress code. We suggest interns dress comfortably, but that they remember they represent the museum and should therefore be dressed appropriately. Please bring at least one formal outfit for exhibition openings or special events. Note that comfortable and practical shoes are essential for work as well as for walking around Venice.
Will I have computer access?
The museum makes available computers with internet access, equipped with CD and USB drives. The museum does not offer wireless internet.
When do I receive my stipend?
Stipends are paid on the first day of each month (should this fall on a weekend, interns will be paid on the following Monday) in the form of a cheque for €800. Cheques may be cashed at the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, very close to Piazza San Marco. There is no need to open an Italian bank account in order to cash the cheque: all is needed is your passport.
Where should I have my mail sent?
Personal mail from family and friends can be sent to the museum and addressed as follows:
c/o Internship Program
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Palazzo Vernier dei Leoni
Please note that the Peggy Guggenheim Collection does not subsidize postage expenses.
We ask interns not to have large packages sent to the museum; should this be necessary please inform the intern coordinators in advance.
Directions to Venice from the airport
1 - By bus to Piazzale Roma:
- ACTV public bus number 5. It takes approx. 25 minutes. Tickets may be purchased at the bus stop.
- ATVO shuttle bus. It takes approx. 20 minutes. Tickets may be purchased at the bus stop or on board.
From Piazzale Roma take a vaporetto (public boat) to the closest stop to your destination. Tickets may be purchased at the ACTV ticket booth at the Piazzale Roma vaporetto stop. www.aeroporto.net/aeroporto-venezia/collegamenti-aeroporto-venezia/
2 - By ALILAGUNA shuttle boat to Venice. The stop is not at the terminal exit. There are various lines for various destinations in the city and at various costs. Please consult the website in advance. www.alilaguna.it/linee/mappa
Note: Venice is a pedestrian city often described as a labyrinth of narrow paths, bridges and canals. It is highly recommended that interns travel with backpacks and suitcases with wheels, and have precise directions to their respective destinations.
Interns may want to familiarize themselves with Venice prior to their arrival. There are a number of useful guidebooks that may be purchased as well as informative websites.
These websites include the following:
About the Collection
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a comprehensive collection of modern art exemplifying some of the major art movements of the first-half of the 20th century—Cubism, Futurism, European abstraction, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. It is housed in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, a 17th century palace on the Grand Canal. This long, wide building with only a basement and a ground floor was formerly Peggy Guggenheim’s home, from 1949 until the year of her death in 1979. The museum also presents works from the Hannelore B. and Rudolph Schulhof Collection, which was bequeathed to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 2012. Numerous sculptures are then exhibited in the outdoor spaces as well as on the Grand Canal terrace. Please consult the museum website to familiarize with the institution and its collection.
Preparing for the internship
It is wise to prepare for the internship by doing some reading or research on the collection and the art movements represented, if you are not already familiar with them. As an intern you are intrinsic to the public education program of the museum. You will be asked to deliver short talks on the life of Peggy Guggenheim, on specific works in the collection, on the temporary exhibitions. You may also be asked to give tours of the museum and the temporary exhibitions. Interns will be sent a resource package a month prior to their arrival.
Recommended Peggy Guggenheim bibliography
Peggy Guggenheim, ed., Art of This Century, New York, 1942. Facsimile edition, New York (Arno Press) 1968. Rare.
Peggy Guggenheim, Out of This Century, New York (Universe Books) and London (André Deutsch), 1979. This incorporates earlier autobiographies, as well as her essay on Venice. Italian edition: Una vita per l’arte, Milan (Rizzoli Editore), 1982. Also in French, German and Spanish.
Aline B. Saarinen, The Proud Possessors, New York (Random House), 1958, esp. 'Appassionata of the Avant-Garde. Peggy Guggenheim,' pp.326-43.
Angelica Zander Rudenstine, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, New York (Abrams), 1985. The catalogue riasonné of Peggy Guggenheim’s Collection.
John H. Davis, The Guggenheims. An American Epic, 1st edition, New York (William Morrow and Co., Inc.), 1978. 2nd edition, updated, New York (Shapolsky Publishers Inc.), 1988.
Lucy Flint and Elizabeth C. Childs, Masterpieces from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, New York (Guggenheim Museum). Currently in print. (Also Italian, German and French editions). This is the standard collection handbook for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Virginia Dortch, Peggy Guggenheim and Her Friends, Milan (Berenice Art Books), 1994. An anthology of short memoirs by Peggy Guggenheim’s friends.
Laurence Tacou-Rumney, Peggy Guggenheim. A Collector’s Album, Paris, New York (Flammarion), 1996. English, French, German and Italian editions. Rich in photographs.
Karole P. B. Vail, Thomas M Messer, Peggy Guggenheim. A Celebration, New York (Guggenheim Museum and Harry N. Abrams), 1998. Centenary exhibition catalogue.
Mary V. Dearborn, Peggy Guggenheim Mistress of Modernism, New York (Houghton Mifflin), 2004, and London (Virago Press), 2005. An excellent biography. Also in German, Ich bereue Nichts, Bergish Gladabch (Bastei Lübbe), 2004.
Susan Davidson and Philip Rylands, eds., Peggy Guggenheim & Frederick Kiesler, The Story of Art of This Century, New York (Guggenheim Publications), 2004. The most important source for the formation of Peggy Guggenheim’s collection and for her New York sojourn, 1941-47.
Irwin Unger and Debi Unger, The Guggenheims. A Family History, New York (Harper Collins), 2005.
Recommended Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection Bibliography
Philip Rylands, ed., Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, New York (Guggenheim Museum Publications), 2011.