THE AVANT-GARDE. FROM PICASSO TO POLLOCK
January 11–February 19, 2012
During the renovation of Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, masterpieces from the permanent collection will be on view in the rooms usually dedicated to temporary exhibitions. The installation of Peggy’s works in the rooms of the temporary exhibition space chronicles the avant-gardes that left an indelible mark on the history of art in the 20th century, from Picasso to Pollock, traversing cornerstones of Modernism such as Futurism (with the works of the Gianni Mattioli Collection), the pittura metafisica of Giorgio de Chirico, European abstraction (Kandinsky and Mondrian), and Surrealism (Miró, Dalí, Magritte and others).
Pablo Picasso, On the Beach (La Baignade), 1937.
EUROPEAN ART: 1949-1979 | Marion R. Taylor: Paintings, 1966–2001
February 29 - May 6, 2012
Curated by Philip Rylands
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents a selection of works from its holdings of postwar European painting and sculpture. Peggy lived in Palazzo Venier from 1949 to 1979, roughly the period covered by this exhibition, which is therefore a celebration of her Venetian life. Peggy continued to collect even after her withdrawal from New York, center of the artistic avant-garde in 1947. The exhibition includes many works generously donated to the Collection after 1979, and closes with a tribute to Marion Richardson Taylor (d. 2010), a versatile American artist. Her eclectic path encompassed abstract expressionist murals, Cubist still lives, non-figurative portraits and intimately sized drawings. Constantly in search of a new vocabulary to represent the people and the places that impressed her, Taylor had the courage to rethink her art continually. Places as different as Barcelona, Egypt, Japan, and Saint-Rémy in Provence all had a strong impact on her. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection dedicates to the artist her first solo-exhibition, with works donated in 1998 to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Marion R. Taylor, From my Terrace with the Alpilles in the Background (Les Alpilles Saint-Remy), 1988.
MASTERS OF THE AVANT-GARDE: Miró, Mondrian, Calder
Arca, Church of San Marco, Vercelli
March 3 – June 10, 2012
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero
The Guggenheim’s fifth exhibition in the Piedmontese town of Vercelli brings together masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections in Venice and New York with additional works loaned by the Calder Foundation in New York, the Gemeentemuseum, the Hague, the Beyeler Foundation, Basel, and the Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive – Museo Carandente, Spoleto. It focuses on the work of three geniuses among the founding fathers of the historic avant-garde of the last century: Joan Miró, founding member of Surrealism; Alexander Calder, close friend of Miró and champion of Abstraction; and Piet Mondrian, founding member of the De Stijl movement, who was among the intellectual leaders of abstraction in the first half of the twentieth century. The exhibition is organized in partnership with the Regione Piemonte and the Comune di Vercelli.
Joan Miró, Dutch Interior II (Intérieur hollandais II), Summer 1928. Peggy Guggenheim Collection.>>
May 16 - 21, 2012
This year A Scuola di Guggenheim, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection’s schools program for the Regione Veneto, focuses on Art and Technology and on the intersection of the practices and languages of these two disciplines. This culminates in May with the exhibition Art+Technology=School displaying projects developed by school classes during the various teaching phases. This is organized with the support of the Regione Veneto, for the third year in partnership with The Marino Golinelli Foundation, Bologna and for the first year with ThinkTag Smart.
CYCLING, CUBO-FUTURISM AND THE FOURTH DIMENSION. JEAN METZINGER'S AT THE CYCLE-RACE TRACK
June 9 - september 16, 2012
Curated by Erasmus Weddigen
The exhibition centers on Jean Metzinger’s At the Cycle-Race Track (Au Vélodrome) of 1912, one of the pivotal Cubist works at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. It brings together two other paintings and a drawing by Metzinger on the same theme, in addition to several other paintings on the theme of cycling. Like Metzinger’s painting, the exhibition unites a passion for the sport of cycle-racing with an inquiry into the nature of the 4th dimension, which was much discussed in Metzinger’s circle. Racing cycles, old and new, will be on show, as well as Einstein’s bicycle, illustrating the theory of relativity. Photographic material of the Roubaix vélodrome, racing cycles old and new, and related ephemera will be presented, in addition to a new sculpture about time by contemporary Swiss artist Paul Wiedmer.
SEEING THE WORLD WITHIN: CHARLES SELIGER IN THE 1940S
June 9 - September 16, 2012
Curated by Jonathan Stuhlman
This is the first exhibition in Italy of the painting of Charles Seliger (1926-2009). It focuses on the first decade of his career, when his work was inspired by European Surrealism, which had shifted its centre of activities from Paris to New York. More than thirty of his best paintings from the 1940s (from both public and private collections) trace Seliger’s origins as an artist, and explore the route by which he arrived at his mature style in the early 1950s. Peggy Guggenheim gave Seliger his first solo exhibition, in 1945 at Art of This Century, New York. Organized by The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, USA.
CAPOGROSSI. A RETROSPECTIVE
September 29, 2012 – February 10, 2013
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection will dedicate a retrospective to the celebrated Italian painter Giuseppe Capogrossi (1900 – 1972), bringing together a selection of works by this key figure in Italian postwar art. The show opens with his early figurative works, painted in strong tones and charged with poetical significance, and culminates with his abstract works of the 1950s and 1960s, in which symbols and signs dominate the canvas, and in which organic forms are not imitated but assimilated. Like exhibitions previously dedicated to Adolph Gottlieb, Lucio Fontana, William Baziotes, Jackson Pollock, Germaine Richier and Richard Pousette-Dart, this exhibition investigates a master of the Italian and international avant-garde in the decades following World War II.
GREAT MODERNS: PEGGY GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION, VENICE. ART OF THE 20TH CENTURY
October 31, 2012–February 26, 2013
Centro Cultural Palacio la Moneda, Santiago, Chile
On the invitation of the Ministry of Culture of Chile, an exhibition dedicated to Peggy Guggenheim’s life and collection will be mounted for the first time in South America. Approximately 80 paintings and sculptures represent the full span of her collection (Cubism, European abstraction, Surrealism, American Abstract Expressionism and post war European and American art), but have also been chosen to document major episodes in her career: her London gallery (Guggenheim Jeune), the presentation of her collection in New York (Art of This Century), her patronage of American artists, and her life in Venice. Works will be loaned by the Guggenheim museums both in New York and Venice.