AND THEN PEGGY ARRIVED. 19482008 sixty years of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in VeniceIn 1948 Peggy Guggenheim was invited by Rodolfo Pallucchini, Secretary General of the Venice Biennale, to exhibit her already legendary collection in the Greek Pavilion of the Venice Biennale: for the first time in Europe the public admired works by major exponents of American Abstract Expressionism, such as Pollock, Baziotes, Gorky and Rothko. Since then the Peggy Guggenheim Collection has continued its founders mission, bringing in nearly 400,000 visitors a year. Throughout 2008 a series of events will celebrate the 60 years of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Two temporary exhibitions: Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s to 1950s and Carlo Cardazzo: A New Vision of Art will refer on the one hand to the importance of the connections between Peggy and the American avant-garde, and on the other to her influence on the Venetian art scene in the 1940s and 1950s, thus highlighting two different aspects of this extraordinary American patrons unique artistic passion.
The PROGRAM will be soon released (tel +39 041 2405 440/419 or firstname.lastname@example.org):> Two cycles of 4 LECTURES at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti related to the two temporary exhibitions, taking place in May and October.> Free GUIDED TOURS of the temporary exhibitions from June to December.> PEGGY TALKS: daily, at midday, 3.30 pm and 4 pm. Free presentations to the public about Peggys life in the US and Europe and about her time in Venice.> The last Saturday of each month KIDS DAY inspired by Peggy, her collection and the objects that were part of her life.> In July: screening of FILMS IN THE GARDEN in relation to the temporary exhibitions.> A SCUOLA DI GUGGENHEIM: a project about Peggy for schools of Veneto, ending in June with an exhibition of works by the students.> PEGGYS LIBRARY, or rather the library of modernreally modernartists: the library collection on-line opens to students, researchers and readers