To mark the 70th anniversary of the exhibition of Peggy Guggenheim’s collection presented in the Greek Pavilion at the 24th Venice Biennale, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents 1948: The Biennale of Peggy Guggenheim in the Project Rooms from 25 May to 25 November 2018.

Peggy Guggenheim’s participation in the 1948 Venice Biennale was a landmark event. Europe – particularly Italy after two decades of dictatorial regime – had yet to see a collection so representative of “non-objective” avant-garde art, from Cubism and Futurism to Dadaism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.

1948: The Biennale of Peggy Guggenheim will partially recreate the setting of the pavilion through selected works from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and other prestigious loans, as well as documents, photographs, letters, and a three-dimensional model of the pavilion installation, whose layout was designed by celebrated Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa.

Peggy Guggenheim con Arco di petali di Alexander Calder alla Biennale di Venezia, Venezia, 1948.
Peggy Guggenheim with Alexander Calder “Arc of Petals” at the Greek Pavilion, 24th Venice Biennale, 1948.
© Fondazione Solomon R. Guggenheim, foto Archivio CameraphotoEpoche, donazione Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia, 2005.