FRIDAY, September 16 – 9.50 am
The core mission of the museum is to present the personal collection of Peggy Guggenheim.
Peggy Guggenheim devoted her whole life to the advancement of art of her times.
She was born in New York in 1898. After traveling to Paris, she discovered her passion for art thanks to the painter Laurence Vail, who became her first husband in 1922.
In 1939 war broke out in Europe and the Nazis were threatening to invade France. They had also declared war on modern art, confiscating and destroying many paintings. Peggy bravely undertook the mission of rescuing as many artworks as possible: by Spring 1940, she was buying a painting a day. In 1941, only after making sure that her precious collection had been safely sent to the US, she flied to New York as well, where she opened the gallery Art of This Century showcasing the Cubist, Abstract and Surrealist artworks recently rescued from Europe.
In 1947 Peggy moved to Italy, choosing to settle down in a city she had a very special relationship with: Venice.
She bought Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, where she lived and permanently moved her artworks. In the 1970s she donated both her palace and her collection to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which was created in 1937 by her uncle Solomon with the aim of promoting the understanding of art.
Hosting some of the major works of Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysical painting, European abstraction, avant-garde sculpture, Surrealism and American Abstract Expressionism, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection represents nowadays one of the most important Italian museums of the 20th century European and American art.
Our intern Arianna will be waiting for you at the main entrance of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection at 9.50 am (how to get there)
For further information visit the official Peggy Guggenheim Collection website