Peggy Guggenheim was Personality, an intense and passionate aesthete who’s love for art filled her Grand Canal home and in 1979 became a legendary modern and contemporary art collection. Today, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (as I fondly call it – the PGC) is one of Venice’s must see sites. Filled with Peggy’s very own hand-picked pieces from artists including Jackson Pollock, Max Ernst (a former husband), Rene Magritte, Emilio Vedova, Alexander Calder, Cy Twombly, Donald Judd, Mario Merz and more, the PGC is led by Karole P. B. Vail, Director of the PGC and Director of the Guggenheim Foundation in Italy.
In this episode, Karole shares her personal story of the Peggy Guggenheim collection. As Peggy’s grandchild, she would spent childhood visits to Peggy’s home, which overlaps with my own personal story with the PGC. Tune in.
In This Episode
[01:20] Peggy Guggenheim comes to Venice
[08:15] Peggy’s Palazzo and Art
[11:17] Karole’s childhood at the Guggenheim
[20:01] The history of the Collection
[24:41] Female Artists
[23:41] Karole’s curatoral direction
[26:38] The Guggenheim as academic resource
[30:22] The future of the PGC