The Guggenheim Museum & The Schulhof Collection
A private tour
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The Guggenheim Museum &
The Schulhof Collection
A private tour
Highlights of this tour:
PEGGY GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION
THE NEW SCHULHOF COLLECTION
THE MATTIOLI COLLECTION
THE SCULPTURAL GARDEN
Ca’ Venier dei Leoni, Peggy Guggenheim’s palace on the Grand Canal, is permanently home to her world-famous collection of modern masterpieces, including important works by Picasso, Braque, De Chirico, Ernst, Mirò,Calder, Moore, Kandinsky, Pollock, and and many others.
The museum now proudly presents a large number of new artworks recently bequeathed to the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation by Hannelore and Rudolph Schulhof.
They met Peggy in 1954 at the Venice Biennale and shared her interest and enthusiasm for Modern Art, which became the core of their private collection.
The donation consists of 83 works of Italian, European and American art from after 1945, extending the museum’s collections through the 1980s, featuring works from Afro, Alberto Burri, Ellsworth Kelly, Lucio Fontana, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor, Cy Twombly, and Frank Stella.
A great American art museum with distinctive Venetian charm!
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Italy is not particularly known for Modern art, except for Venice, thanks to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum at Ca’ Venier dei Leoni.
In the late 1970s she decided to entrust her collection to the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation New York.
However, none of her 350 pieces could be lent or traveling for more than six months, as they had to be on display in Venice, where she settled in 1949. Peggy’s adventure in the art world started in Paris in the 1930s.
Paris was then the most exciting European city, and the best place in the world to meet famous artists. The “Ville lumière” reminded her of her father, who had lived there for years before dying on the Titanic.
As a young woman, Peggy was brilliant, independent, and wealthy, yet lacking an artistic education. However, she had an accurate sense for trustworthy people.
One such person was Samuel Beckett, with whom she had an affair.
Beckett suggested that she buy Modern art, and shortly afterwards she was introduced to Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondrian. She also visited the studios of Picasso and Braque, and met the leading Surrealist painters and visionaries.
Despite the breakout of the war, those decades proved prolific and revolutionary for the Arts.
The Nazi invasion of France forced Guggenheim to move to England, and then to New York like most of the European artists in her entourage.
Her gallery “Art of this Century” became a meeting place for European and young American artists, including Jackson Pollock. Mondrian was aware of his talent, and suggested Peggy support him.
She soon she became his benefactor, and purchased his early paintings made from the “dripping” technique, which became the hallmark of his style.
After the War Peggy was invited to Venice to display her collection, and was fortunate to purchase the unfinished 18th century Ca’ Venier dei Leoni palazzo on the Grand Canal, where the memories of her extraordinary life found the ideal setting.
The recent acquisition of the Schulhof Modern Art Collection has increased the value and the charm of this unique museum.
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