Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice

As the first exhibition in a new series titled Great Collections of the World, the Art Gallery of Western Australia brings a world-class exhibition from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice exclusively to Perth.

Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice, is a unique opportunity to see world-class art, usually on display in Venice, Italy.

It could be said that international contemporary art began with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection being exhibited at the first post-war Biennale in Venice in 1948, followed by the opening of her collection to the public in 1951.

The story behind the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is of the energy and drive of a single individual and her commitment to the art of the 20th Century. The exhibition will recreate the dynamism and unique personal vision of that moment when American art débuted in Europe. It presents, to a 21st century audience in Australia, the work of artists such as Picasso, Kandinsky, Magritte, Mondrian, Brancusi, de Chirico, Giacometti, Duchamp, Arp, Ernst, and of course, Pollock.

Peggy Guggenheim's incredibly eclectic ensemble of modern art, with no particular national affiliation, is a rich statement of artistic talent that will captivate audiences even sixty years on with its youthful energy and dynamic desire to push boundaries.