The Peggy Guggenheim Collection celebrates its first forty years

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, which opened to all on April 6, 1980 at the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, celebrates its first 40 years.

Happy fortieth birthday to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection!

From 1949 to December 1979, the year of her death, Peggy Guggenheim lived in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, where her extensive collection is still housed today. And from 1951 she opened the doors of her house-museum to the public: only for three afternoons a week, from Easter to October. He believed it was his duty to safeguard and share the collection he created with passion and determination.

Forty years ago, on April 6, 1980, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection became a prestigious institution, thanks to its artistic heritage, temporary exhibitions, quality programs and educational activities.

Today it continues to be a point of reference in the world of culture and art, for those involved in art education and appreciation, for families, for schools, and for local and international visitors.

Also turning forty is the international internship program, created by Philip Rylands, who directed the museum for thirty-seven years and of which he is now Director Emeritus: designed for students and recent graduates in art, art history, and art disciplines, eager to learn about the day-to-day running of a museum, it has become one of the most sought-after learning experiences.

And to top it off, the Advisory Board, made up of outstanding international members who support the life of the museum and contribute significantly to achieving its goals, is also 40 years old.

Due to the health emergency, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection cannot invite all its audiences to celebrate live at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, but it does so virtually, pursuing its educational mission and staying in touch on the web ( the new website is online) and social channels, with a real schedule.

In addition, through a long narrative of images and videos, every Thursday on the museum’s social platforms, it will be possible to relive stage by stage the first forty years of the Collection and its internship program, retracing the exhibitions organized from the 1980s to 2019, and hearing from the voices of interns of yesterday and today how the experience at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection has changed their lives.

Ph.Credit Matteo de Fina

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection celebrates its first forty years
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection celebrates its first forty years

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