JACKSON POLLOCK'S ALCHEMY. RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION
February 14 – April 6, 2015
Curated by Luciano Pensabene and Roberto Bellucci
Jackson Pollock, Alchemy, 1947, oil, aluminum (and enamel?) paint, and string on canvas, 114.6 x 221.3 cm. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553 PG 150 [info]
After more than a year's absence, Jackson Pollock's Alchemy – one the museum’s masterpieces and a masterpiece of American Abstract Expressionism – has returned to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Pollock's work has undergone an extensive cycle of studies at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure of Florence, in collaboration with eleven Italian science institutions engaged in the field of conservation of cultural heritage. The remarkable results will be presented in an interactive and multimedia installation, offering insights into the science of conservation and into Pollock’s working methods. Above all this will be an opportunity to see the painting for the first time in its original splendor after the lengthy operation of surface cleaning.
CHARLES POLLOCK: A RETROSPECTIVE
April 22 – September 14, 2015
Curated by Philip Rylands
Charles Pollock, Chapala 3, 1956, oil and tempera on canvas, 121.9 x 91.4 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim, Venice. Gift, Charles Pollock Archives, courtesy American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich 2009.36 [info]
The exhibition documents Charles Pollock’s full career, with most of the material (art and documents, some of it never before exhibited) being loaned by the Charles Pollock Archive, Paris, thanks to the Pollock family. Additional loans will come from members of the Pollock family, from the Archives of American Art/Smithsonian Institution, and other Institutions and private collections. Early letters, photos and sketches will document the relations between Charles and Jackson.
JACKSON POLLOCK'S MURAL: ENERGY MADE VISIBLE
April 22 – September 14, 2015
Curated by David Anfam
Jackson Pollock, Mural, 1943, oil and casein on canvas, 242.9 x 603.9. Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6. University of Iowa Museum of Art. Reproduced with permission from The University of Iowa
David Anfam, leading authority on Abstract Expressionism, is curating a touring exhibition of Jackson Pollock’s Mural (1943, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City) following its conservation and cleaning at the Getty Conservation Institute and exhibition first at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and then in Sioux City, Iowa. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection will be the first European venue for this presentation of Mural, Jackson Pollock’s largest painting and now considered by some to be the single most important American painting of the 20th century. This privilege acknowledges that Mural was commissioned in the summer of 1943 (and completed by early November the same year) by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York apartment on East 61st Street.
V.S. GAITONDE: PAINTING AS PROCESS, PAINTING AS LIFE
October 3, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Curated by Sandhini Poddar
V.S. Gaitonde, Untitled, 1962, ink and watercolor on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm. Collection of Kiran Nadar, Nuova Delhi
Comprising 45 major paintings and works on paper drawn from 30 leading public institutions and private collections across Asia, Europe, and the United States, this is the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to the work of celebrated Indian modern painter Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde (1924–2001). Gaitonde’s work presents an unparalleled opportunity to explore Indian modern art as it played out in the metropolitan centers of Bombay (now Mumbai) and New Delhi from the late 1940s through the end of the 20th century. Born in Nagpur, India, Gaitonde was an artist of singular stature, known to fellow artists and intellectuals, as well as to later generations of students and collectors, as a man of uncompromising artistic integrity of spirit and purpose.