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- In 1948, Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim was in­vi­ted to ex­hi­bit her al­rea­dy le­gen­da­ry art col­lec­tion at the 24th Art Bien­na­le in Ve­ni­ce. It was a land­mark event and the fir­st-ever sho­wing of Peg­gy's col­lec­tion in Eu­ro­pe. This event brought the works of nu­me­rous in­ter­na­tio­nal ar­tists, al­mo­st un­k­no­wn at that ti­me, to the La­goon ci­ty.

2018 marks the 70th an­ni­ver­sa­ry of the ex­hi­bi­tion of Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim's col­lec­tion in the Greek Pa­vi­lion at the re­no­w­ned Ve­ni­ce Bien­na­le. The lay­out of the pa­vi­lion, de­si­gned by Carlo Scar­pa, an emi­nent ar­chi­tect of the ti­me, has been re­crea­ted to­day in the Pro­ject Rooms.

“1948: Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim’s Bien­na­le” (25 May-25 No­vem­ber).


Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim wi­th Ale­xan­der Cal­der “Arc of Pe­tals” at the Greek Pa­vi­lion, 24th Ve­ni­ce Bien­na­le, 1948. © Fon­da­zio­ne So­lo­mon R. Gug­ge­n­heim, fo­to Ar­chi­vio Ca­me­ra­pho­toE­po­che, do­na­zio­ne Cas­sa di Ri­spar­mio di Ve­ne­zia, 2005..

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