“I dedicated myself to my collection. I made it my life’s work. I am not an art collector. I am a museum.”-Peggy Guggenheim
Ever since I read Confessions of an Art Addict on my honeymoon nearly 20 years ago, I have been fascinated with the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim. Peggy was a former wife of artist Max Ernst and the niece of the mining magnate, Solomon R. Guggenheim. She collected artworks mostly between 1938 and 1946, buying works in Europe as World War II began, and later in America, where she discovered the talent of Jackson Pollock, among others. In addition to being one of modern art’s biggest patrons, she was also quite the character surrounding herself with the greatest minds and talents of the 20th century.
Her art collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th-century palace, which was her home for three decades. The collection attracts over 400,000 visitors per year, making it the most-visited site in Venice after the Doge’s Palace. On our first night in Venice, the Rubelli family treated us to a private reception, tour, and dinner…Truly an art addict’s dream come true!
We were pinching oursleves as we arrived by boat to a beautiful reception on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal with Phillip Rylands, museum director and close confidante of Peggy Guggenehim, who entertained us with stories of one of Venice’s most beloved characters.
WORKS FROM THE SCHULHOF COLLECTION
THE NASHER SCULPTURE GARDEN
Stay tuned for more about the Mistress of Modernism in my upcoming post!