Free tour of the temporary exhibition Migrating Objects: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection .
Presentations will be given in either Italian or English depending upon the availability of the guides.
Peggy Guggenheim is celebrated for her groundbreaking modern art collection. Migrating Objects focuses on a lesser-known, but crucial episode in Guggenheim’s own migratory path: her turn to the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the indigenous Americas in the 1950s and ’60s. The exhibition presents these objects in groupings privileging their original contexts or, alternately, in dialogue with European works from her collection. Guggenheim’s approach is located within a broader, problematic tradition of pairing modern Western art with “non-Western” art, based on perceived formal and conceptual affinities. These purposely contrasting methodologies allow for a consideration of how the works, whose intended uses and meanings were frequently misunderstood, were deployed in studios, galleries, museums, and homes to different, often contradictory, ends. Tracing these objects’ trajectories reveals entangled histories of colonization, annexation, migration, and reinterpretation, in tandem with biographies of individuals both well-known and unrecorded.