Peg­gy’s fir­st ti­me words by Fran­ce­sca Mol­te­ni

70 years do­wn the li­ne, the Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim Col­lec­tion re­mem­bers the fir­st ex­hi­bi­tion held by their foun­der at the Ve­ni­ce Bien­na­le. And at the sa­me ti­me it’s ho­sting a new Jo­sef Al­bers ex­hi­bi­tion

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The Ame­ri­can col­lec­tor Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim was un­k­no­wn in Ita­ly un­til 1948, when she ex­hi­bi­ted her art col­lec­tion at the Ve­ni­ce Bien­na­le. A col­lec­tion li­ke this, of “non- ob­jec­ti­ve works of art” had ne­ver been seen be­fo­re. Cu­bi­sm, Fu­tu­ri­sm, Da­dai­sm, Sur­rea­li­sm, Ab­stract ex­pres­sio­ni­sm. The art of her ti­me. Se­ven­ty years la­ter, the ex­hi­bi­tion “1948: the Bien­na­le of Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim” ce­le­bra­tes that re­vo­lu­tio­na­ry event in­si­de her Ve­ni­ce ho­me, now the Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim Col­lec­tion, in the spa­ces of the Pro­ject Rooms. In 1948, Peg­gy’s col­lec­tion was a pri­va­te col­lec­tion on ex­hi­bi­tion to the pu­blic for the fir­st ti­me, af­ter the clo­su­re of her New York gal­le­ry and her mo­ve to Eu­ro­pe. The­re we­re 136 works in the ex­hi­bi­tion, in­clu­ding so­me Ita­lian ar­tists, but abo­ve all the great ab­stract and sur­rea­li­st ar­tists and ma­ny Ame­ri­can ar­tists. It was an enor­mous suc­cess. This ex­hi­bi­tion re­crea­tes that at­mo­sphe­re th­rou­gh do­cu­men­ts, pho­to­gra­phs, let­ters and a mo­del of the pa­vi­lion. Along­si­de this re­mar­ka­ble col­lec­tion, the Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim Col­lec­tion is al­so ho­sting the ‘ Jo­sef Al­bers in Me­xi­co’ ex­hi­bi­tion, whi­ch ex­plo­res the re­la­tion­ship bet­ween the great ar­ti­st’s ab­stract work and the pre- Co­lum­bian ar­chi­tec­tu­re whi­ch he vi­si­ted from the 1930s on­wards, thus of­fe­ring a new in­ter­pre­ta­tion of his be­st kno­wn ab­stract pain­tings. On­ce mo­re, great art is the gue­st of ho­nour in Peg­gy’s ho­me. ‘ 1948: the Bien­na­le of Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim’, 25/ 5 - 25/ 11; ‘ Jo­sef Al­bers in Me­xi­co’, 19/ 5 - 3/ 9/ 18. Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim Col­lec­tion, Ve­ne­zia.

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