The 2019 Peggy Guggenheim Collection exhibition program is linked to two anniversaries: forty years since Peggy Guggenheim’s missing in 1979, and seventy years since her first contemporary sculpture exhibition at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, purchased in 1949. Two crucial dates which marked not only the history of the museum but also the history of art of the twentieth century.
The corporate membership project, Guggenheim Intrapresæ, has been supporting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection for 27 years and enthusiastically supports the museum’s exhibition schedule even in this special occasion.
The 2019 starts with From gesture to form. Post-war European and American art in the Schulhof Collection. The Shulholf collection is shown for the first time in the temporary rooms of the Palace in its almost total entirety, with about eighty post-war European and American works of art donated to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in 2012 as a legacy by Hannelore B. Schulhof and her husband Rudolph B. Schulhof.
In spring, in collaboration with the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, the exhibition will open on Jean (Hans) Arp, a French artist whose sculpture “Testa a conchiglia” is the first work purchased by Peggy for her collection in 1938. The Nature of Arp will highlight the experimental and international approach of one of the most influential artists in the history of 20th-century art development.
Later, when the leaves turn yellow, the museum will present Peggy Guggenheim. The last Dogaressa, a precious tribute to the figure of Peggy and her thirty years long Venetian collecting. The project will give the opportunity to recontextualize some known masterpieces and to valorize less known but equally important works, revealing the artistic interest of the collector beyond the confines of western art.
Moreover, the halls of the Palace will not only be a place of exposure but also participation: The program of Public Programs The Continuity of a Vision intends to continue the lesson of the American patron and the current mission of the Collection, to disclose its contents to a public as much as heterogeneous and share the extraordinary formative power of this discipline to feed critical thinking.
To conclude, in this particular year of homage to the dynamic and passionate spirit of Peggy and her home, we want to celebrate the start of a new year of the museum’s corporate membership program and remember the precious contribution of companies that share experience and knowledge every year, promote creativity and innovation, strengthen their network in the sign of art by designing a project based on mutal relationship and the strategical communication through culture.