“It is always assumed that Venice is the ideal place for a honeymoon. This is a grave error. To live in Venice or even to visit it means that you fall in love with the city itself. There is nothing left over in your heart for anyone else.”
__Peggy Guggenheim, Out of This Century: Confessions of an Art Addict__
With the exhibition Peggy Guggenheim: The Last Dogaressa (September 21, 2019 – January 27, 2020) the Peggy Guggenheim Collection celebrates the Venetian life of its founder, highlighting the events and the exhibitions that marked the thirty years she spent in Venice, from 1948 to 1979, which proved to be authentic milestones in the history of 20th century art. The exhibition focuses on Guggenheim’s collecting after 1948, once she closed her museum/gallery Art of This Century (1942-47), left New York, and moved to Venice. More than sixty works by famous and lesser-known artists are exhibited, including paintings, sculptures, and works on paper selected from those Guggenheim acquired from the late 1940s through 1979, when she passed away.
The exhibition offers the rare opportunity to revisit and re-contextualize famous masterpieces such as Empire of Light by René Magritte, and Study for Chimpanzee by Francis Bacon, as well as works by Italian artists such as Tancredi Parmeggiani and Emilio Vedova. In addition, a selection of Guggenheim’s scrapbooks are on display to the public for the first time. Simultaneously, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni will display works Guggenheim purchased between 1938, when she opened her first gallery in London, Guggenheim Jeune, and 1947, when she moved to Venice. The opportunity to see her collection almost in its entirety, including masterpieces such as Box in a Valise (Boîte-en-Valise), created by Marcel Duchamp in 1941, is not to be missed. This has been carried out at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure and its conservation laboratories in Florence.
Free tours of the exhibition are offered daily at 3:30pm (museum ticket purchase required).