Peggy Guggenheim: The Last Dogaressa- an exhibition held at the Guggenheim Venice, that ran between September 2019 and January 2020.
“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 its exhibition, “Peggy Guggenheim: The Last Dogaressa”; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection celebrated the Venetian life of its founder. It highlighted the events and the exhibitions during the 30 years she spent in Venice from 1948-1979; which proved to be authentic milestones in the history of 20th century art.
The exhibition focused on Guggenheim’s collecting from 1978, once she closed her New York museum-gallery “The Art of the Century” 1942-1947 and moved to Venice.
More than 60 works by famous and lesser known artists, were exhibited; including paintings, sculptures and works on paper; which Guggenheim acquired from the late 1940’s to 1979, when she died. The exhibition offered a rare opportunity to re-visit and re-contextualise, famous masterpieces such “Empire of the Light” by Renee Magritte and “Study of a Chimpanzee” by Francis Bacon, as well as less exhibited works such as “Autumn at Courgeron” by Rene Bro, “Serendipity 2” by Gwyther Irwin, ”Above the White” by Kenzo Ocada and “Drifting no 2” by Tomonori Toyofuko. They demonstrated Guggenheim’s interest in the art scene beyond Europe and the USA.
In addition, a selection of Guggenheim’s scrapbooks were on display for the first time; newspaper articles, photographs and other ephemera, collected over various periods of her life.
Also displayed, were works from 1938, when she opened her first London gallery “Guggenheim Jeune” in 1979, before moving to Venice.
A further interesting work was Marcelle Duchamp’s “Box in a Valise”, a collection of sixty-nine rarely seen and fragile miniatures of famous works; by the irreverent and multi-faceted French-American artist.
It was a remarkable opportunity to see her collection of works together almost in their entirety, as well as an interesting artwork in the garden enclosures.
Above: Final Resting Place in the Garden for Peggy and her beloved babies
Below: Peggy during her time in Venice
Above left: With Jackson Pollack c 1946
——–Peggy Guggenheim: The Last Dogaressa ——–