POSTWAR. ITALIAN PROTAGONISTS
February 23 – April 15, 2013
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero
Five postwar Italian artists, presented in the exhibition galleries, with an original selection of works that characterize the art of Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Piero Dorazio (1927-2005), Enrico Castellani (b. 1930), and Paolo Scheggi (1940-1971), and with an additional 'study' exhibition of the work of Rodolfo Arico (1930-2002). An exhibition narrative that looks afresh at the notion of Italian painting in the period of the waning of Art informel, evident in the career of a master such as Fontana. The other artists, deploying an emerging pictorial language peculiar to the 60s, offer an international audience a rich vein of Italian creativity, predicated on a new concept of the art of painting, that proposed the chromatic and symbolic force of the monochrome as in both visual and conceptual terms.
Lucio Fontana, Spatial Concept (Concetto spaziale), 1951. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012
KIDS CREATIVE LAB
April 24 - May 6, 2013
A rainbow-colored collective installation is the outcome of Kids Creative Lab, an innovative project between Art and Fashion conceived jointly by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and OVS, Italy’s best known fast fashion clothing retailer. The work will meander through several of the museum’s exhibition galleries. The ‘artists’ of this enjoyable and unusual work are the children of Italy’s Primary Schools, who will work with an Artist’s Kit to make three-dimensional felt objects. These will then be united in one huge work of ‘sculpture’ at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
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THE 60s IN THE GUGGENHEIM COLLECTIONS. FROM INFORMEL TO POP ART
Arca, San Marco Church, Vercelli
February 9 - May 12, 2013
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero
This is the sixth in the series of annual exhibitions that has brought works from the
Guggenheim collections in Venice and New York to the town of Vercelli. The theme will be
the 1960s, a decade of fundamental change in American and European art, presented in
the form of a transatlantic dialogue between major artists, and drawing upon the resources of the Guggenheim collections. New content, styles and parameters of artistic production, amounting to new dimensions of visual culture, are highlighted by the parallel presence of works by major artists of the decade, Jean Dubuffet, Antoni Tàpies, Lucio Fontana, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
Andy Warhol, Flowers, n.d. Private collection, Venice
ROBERT MOTHERWELL: EARLY COLLAGES
May 26 - September 8, 2013
Curated by Susan Davidson
This is a focused exhibition devoted exclusively to Motherwell’s papiers collés and related works on paper from the 1940s and early 1950s. It will re-examine the origins of the artist’s style and his revelatory encounter with the papiers collé technique that he described in 1944 as “the greatest of our [art] discoveries.” Motherwell produced both abstracted figural collages and pure abstractions throughout the 1940s. However, by 1955 the Surrealist influences prevalent in these first works had given way to his distinctive mature style firmly rooted in Abstract Expressionism. Robert Motherwell: Early Collages will feature a compelling group of approximately 40 works drawn from the holdings of institutions and private collections in the United States and abroad. A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue will offer a vital reassessment of Motherwell’s work in the collage medium. The exhibition will be presented subsequently at the Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York.
Robert Motherwell, Personage (Autoportrait), 1943. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
STEPHAN BALKENHOL, Big Head-Column
April 30 -September 16, 2013
In agreement with the Sandro Rumney, Art of The Next Century, and the Galerie Löhrl. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is exhibiting Big Head-Column (2013) by Stephan Balkenhol (b. Fritzlar, Germany, 1957), on the Grand Canal Terrace. Balkenhol’s carved wood figures appeared first in 1983 in reaction to abstract formalism and conceptual art, and with the intention of reintroducing the human body in contemporary art imagery. Balkenhol lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Meisenthal, France. He has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States, including at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington D.C. (1995), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Saatchi Collection in London (1996), and the Arts Club of Chicago (1998), among many other museums and galleries.
GIANNI MATTIOLI COLLECTION
May 17 - September 16, 2013
The celebrated Gianni Mattioli collection of 26 works of the early 20th century Italian avant-garde have been on deposit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection since 1997. The collection is presently installed in its entirety in the new wing exhibition galleries of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, as a tribute to this great Italian collector.
HANNELORE B. AND RUDOLPH B. SCHULHOF COLLECTION
May 22 - September 16, 2013
The Schulhof Collection of 80 works of postwar European and American painting and sculpture was donated to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 2012. A selection of works from the Schulhof donation is now a permanent part of the Venice museum’s offering to its visitors. For a period of sixteen weeks this summer the entire collection will be on view, making manifest the generosity of the donor, the late Hannelore B. Schulhof, and the high quality of the collection that she and her husband Rudolph brought together in the last third of the 20th century.