Art and rebirth: Peggy Guggenheim Collection chronicles the revolutionary nature of 20th century art online

Peggy Guggenheim Collection kicks off a new online course on January 24, 2022: four appointments to chronicle the revolutionary nature of twentieth-century art through its collection.

In anticipation of the exhibition Surrealism and Magic. Enchanted Modernity, Peggy Guggenheim Collection will kick off from January 24, 2022, four online classes to tell the story of the revolutionary nature of twentieth-century art.

The new online course is titled Art and Rebirth: the Revolutionary Collection of Peggy Guggenheim: starting with the story of collector Peggy Guggenheim and her famous collection, it aims to stimulate inspiration to change the approach to everyday life, individually and collectively. Four appointments, on the dates of Monday, Jan. 24, Feb. 7, 14, 21, also at 7 p.m. on the Zoom platform, in which four art historians will recount the revolutionary character both socio-politically and culturally that characterized 20th-century art. The artists and movements that disrupted the meaning of art through novel and innovative ways of representing reality, including inner reality, will then be explored.

The course is reserved for membersof the Collection and is free of charge for employees of the museum’s member companies on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Guggenheim Intrapresae group, the first example of corporate membership of a museum in Italy, established in 1992.

The revolutionary character of Peggy Guggenheim’s collection becomes the starting point for presenting the changes brought about by avant-garde movements such as Cubism, Futurism, Orphism, Suprematism, Constructivism, De Stijl, Surrealism, American Abstract Expressionism, Informal, Optical and Kinetic Art and others. Together with speakers Grazina Subelyte, Associate Curator at the museum, Giovanna Brambilla, art historian and Head of Educational Services at GAMeC in Bergamo, Chiara Bertola, curator at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, and Flavia Frigeri, art historian and Chanel Curator for the Collection at the National Portrait Gallery in London, they will discuss on the importance of Surrealism and the new worldview that resulted from it, the major artists of the 20th century and their different ways of looking at reality, the impact of the 24th Art Biennale where Peggy Guggenheim exhibited her collection, and the birth of American Abstract Expressionism, a radical and revolutionary art movement.

In the first meeting on Monday, Jan. 24, Grazina Subelyte will offer the theme Metaphors of Change: Surrealism and the New Worldview: the revolutionary character of Surrealism and its themes visible in the works of Leonora Carrington, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, and Méret Oppenheim, to name a few, will be analyzed. The meeting is preparatory to the highly anticipated exhibition Surrealism and Magic. Enchanted Modernity, curated by Subelyte herself, which will open to the public on April 9, 2022.

It will continue on Feb. 7 with Balla, Duchamp, Kandinsky, Mondrian and Picasso: five looks at reality, from the fragmented to the hidden object, curated by Giovanna Brambilla; on Feb. 14 it will be Chiara Bertola’s turn with La XXIV Biennale di Peggy Guggenheim e l’arte del dopoguerra a Venezia. A possible international narrative for some Italian artists, and finally the last meeting to be held on Feb. 21 will be given by Flavia Frigeri on the topic Fluid Geometries: a brief history of American Abstract Expressionism.

Proceeds from the course, in the form of a ?50 tax-deductible donation, support the museum. You can register even after the course has started and receive a recording of previous lectures. For information call 041.2405429 or email

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Image: Edmondo Bacci, Event #247 (1956; Venice, Peggy Guggenheim Collection)

Art and rebirth: Peggy Guggenheim Collection chronicles the revolutionary nature of 20th century art online
Art and rebirth: Peggy Guggenheim Collection chronicles the revolutionary nature of 20th century art online