THEMES&VARIATIONS. THE EMPIRE OF LIGHT
February 1–April 14, 2014
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero
First conceived in 2002 by Luca Massimo Barbero, this is the third edition of an innovative but tested exhibition formula that offers visitors fresh perceptions of the museum’s collections, whether well-known or less so, by means of a dialogue with works by more contemporary artists from other collections, thus opening up new, multiple possible interpretations. Works from the early 20th century avant-garde connect thematically in a confrontation and comparison with post war and contemporary works, tracing the evolution of forms of visual expression as they change with time. The curatorial narrative represents an opportunity to explore evolving themes such as light, twilight and darkness, in a repeated confrontation between Day and Night.
KIDS CREATIVE LAB
April 25–May 4, 2014
A huge mosaic is the outcome of this second edition of Kids Creative Lab, an innovative project 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 mosaic, realized using tessere made with recycled glass, compliments of Trend, are the children of Italy’s Primary Schools, who will work with an Artist’s Kit to make this collective work of art.
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. A PRIVATE COLLECTION, FROM MANNERISM TO SURREALISM
May 17–August 31, 2014
Curated by Andreas Beyer
At a time when a multiplicity of media, techniques and genres is no longer merely one kind of artistic practice but has increasingly come to shape the production of art in general, this private collection is emblematic. It is distinctive in its juxtaposition of sculpture, painting and other artifacts ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. The collection presents work by, among others, Arnold Böcklin, Victor Brauner, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Giorgio de Chirico, Francesco Clemente, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Man Ray and Andy Warhol. These works are being shown together for the first time. The exhibition poses the topical question of art’s actuality across the ages, even while it shares with us its eclectic abundance and the aesthetic goals and tastes of those who brought the collection together. Following its presentation at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the show will travel to the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris.
AZIMUT/H. Continuity and the New
September 20, 2014–January 19, 2015
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero
The expressive and cultural axis of Azimut—a gallery but also a review founded in 1959 by Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani, who were the central, galvanic figures in both enterprises—emerged in Milan, Italy, in the post-World War II war decades. Azimut (the gallery) and Azimuth (the review) developed a new concept of aesthetics shaped in part by contact with some of the major protagonists of novel visual and theoretical idioms not just in Italy but also of the international art scene in those years. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection celebrates this avant-garde of the 1960s with a study both of the Italians of this new generation, essential to several of the major artistic developments that followed, and of the European and American components of the Azimuth project.