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My exhibition had enormous publicity and the pavilion was one of the most popular of the Biennale. I was terribly excited by all this, but what I enjoyed most was seeing the name of Guggenheim appearing on the maps in the public gardens next to the names of Great Britain, France, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Poland . . . I felt as though I were a new European country. Peggy Guggenheim, Out of this Century. Peggy Guggenheim in the Greek Pavilion at the 24th Venice Biennale, where she exhibited her collection, while she hangs Seated Woman II (1939, PGC) by Joan Miró; 1948. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Photo Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche. Gift, Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia, 2005. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the exhibition of the collection of Peggy Guggenheim in the Greek Pavilion at the 24th Venice Biennale. In order to commemorate this milestone event in the history of 20th-century art, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents an homage exhibition 1948: The Biennale of Peggy Guggenheim, curated by Gražina Subelytė, Assistant Curator, installed in the Project Rooms from 25 May to 25 November 2018. The exhibition will partially recreate the setting of the pavilion through documents, photographs, letters, and for the first […]

In the Napoleonic Halls of what was once the Royal Palace and is now Museo Correr, a new donation will go on show of a group of miniature portraits from the first half of the nineteenth century, mostly Italian but including some French and English, together with various artefacts of Napoleonic interest. The miniatures show us the faces of men and women vividly captured by the refined art of the miniature, a specialisation that was much sought after and appreciated in the nineteenth century, producing exceptional artists, some of them renowned. Today, many of these faces are anonymous, whereas others belong to wellknown personalities or figures from the Napoleonic age, including the emperor himself. In Europe and beyond, both during the Empire and after its fall, the epic story and myth of the period inspired a true “Napoleon-mania” that was translated into the most varied objects. The idea of rediscovering and preserving even a few evocative fragments of that crucial moment inspired the collection of Veronese Paola Sancassani – Venetian by choice and a great lover of history – now generously donated to Venice Civic Museums. Waiting to be discovered at the Correr Museum are fascinating miniature portraits of Napoleon, […]

Photographs, photocollages, many of which have never before been on view, and a selection of paintings, drawn from the collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, illuminate the relationship between the art of Josef Albers (1888–1976) and the geometrical forms of pre-Columbian monuments studied by the artist on his travels to Mexico, offering new perspective on his most celebrated abstract works.

Open to the public from Saturday May 26th to Sunday November 25th 2018, at the Giardini and the Arsenale, the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, titled FREESPACE, will be curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. The preview will take place on May 24thand 25th, the awards ceremony and inauguration will be held on Saturday May 26th 2018. «With the aim of promoting the “desire” of architecture», President Baratta explained that this edition curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara focuses on the question of space, the quality of space, open and free space. The fundamental parameter of reference is indicated with great clarity. «The desire to create FREESPACE can become the specific individual characteristic of each individual project. But space, free space, public space can also reveal the presence or absence of architecture, if we understand architecture to be “thinking applied to the space where we live, that we inhabit”. And the International Architecture Exhibition will offer us examples, teachings, and topics of discussion. Therefore, we are thankful to Farrell and McNamara for having accepted our invitation and for the choice, which adds an important link to the chain of Exhibitions held over the years.»

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