Florence Toasts Guggenheim Eye for 20th Century Art
“The Art of the Guggenheim Collections,” the exhibition being shown in Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi, has now opened and will run until July 24. The exhibit examines how socialite Peggy Guggenheim and her uncle Solomon influenced European and American art from the 1920s to the 1960s. It features paintings, sculptures, photographs and engravings borrowed from the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Venice and a small number of other museums and private collections. The Florence exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view some seminal works of pre-WWII modern art, including pieces by Max Ernst, Man Ray and Pablo Picasso, alongside illustrations of the divergent post-war trends on both sides of the Atlantic. It also tells the story of Peggy Guggenheim’s arrival in Europe in 1921, her return to the United States during World War II and her decision to finally base herself and her collection in Venice from 1949.
Palazzo Strozzi has been chosen as the venue because it was here that Ms. Guggenheim first showed the collection that was later to find a permanent home in Venice, shortly after her return to Europe. Twenty-five works from that original exhibition are back in Florence for this new exhibition.