The press release for the opening of Peggy Guggenheim’s New York museum/gallery Art of This Century, on October 20, 1942, reads:
“Miss Guggenheim hopes that [it] will become a center where artists . . . can feel that they are cooperating in establishing a research lab for new ideas. . . . Opening this gallery and its collection to the public . . . will serve its purpose only if it succeeds in serving the future instead of recording the past.”
The museum pursues the mission of its patron also by introducing its public to activities and events that make it a place of experimentation, growth, encounters and well-being.