The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is dedicating the autumn exhibition to its founder, Peggy Guggenheim, the multifaceted American magnate and collector.
Peggy Guggenheim, her life, and her love for Venice and contemporary art: the exhibition will open on 21 September at the Venice Guggenheim, celebrating the founder of one of the world’s most important collections of contemporary art.
Peggy Guggenheim fell in love with Venice in 1947 and decided to move to Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal. Here Peggy Guggenheim lived and collected most of the works contained in her formidable collection, which can still be admired in the halls of the Palace, now the headquarters of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
The exhibition traces the events that characterized Peggy Guggenheim's life from 1948 to her death in 1979, using sixty pieces that represent a fundamental part of 20th-century art. This is a rare opportunity to see these pieces in their original arrangement, including masterpieces such as Magritte's The Empire of Light and Bacon's Study for Chimpanzee, allowing visitors to experience the refined and cosmopolitan taste of the American collector.
For the first time, Peggy Guggenheim's Scrapbooks will be presented to the public. Newspaper clippings, photographs, and letters that she collected meticulously, revealing a life full of relationships with various artists and intellectuals of the time, and showing us lesser-known aspects of this passionate philanthropist.
The masterpieces on display also include Boîte-en-Valise (Box in a Suitcase) by Marcel Duchamp, exhibited at the Venice Guggenheim after an extensive restoration.
The Guggenheim Collection is easily reached from Hotel Mignon in 15 minutes, thanks to the line 1 vaporetto which has a stop just 4 minutes from the hotel.