Opening Day: Peggy Guggenheim: Petersfield to Palazzo

Delve into the extraordinary life of Peggy Guggenheim, the 20th-century self-proclaimed ‘art addict’ who called Yew Tree Cottage near Petersfield home from 1934 to 1939.  

Before buying the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal in Venice in 1949, for five years (between 1934 and 1939), world-famous 20th-century patron and collector of modern art Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) lived at Yew Tree Cottage near Petersfield.

Featuring a focused selection of artworks by artists who the self-described ‘art addict’, knew and supported, Peggy Guggenheim: Petersfield to Palazzo will show paintings, prints and sculptures by leading British and European modern artists including Jean Arp (1886-1966), Max Ernst (1891-1976), Henry Moore (1898-1986), Rita Kernn-Larsen and Yves Tanguy (1900-1955), amongst others. A variety of photographs, contemporary fashion items and literature will give further context to the fascinating life and times of Peggy Guggenheim.

The exhibition at Petersfield Museum and Art Gallery aims to explore the multitude of literary, artistic, and intellectual figures of the period with whom Guggenheim interacted and reveal the fascinating untold story of her life in the town and neighbouring West Sussex through her family, friends, and lovers.

The exhibition includes loans from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice – whose Director, Karole P. B. Vail, is Peggy Guggenheim’s elder granddaughter.

Peggy Guggenheim: Petersfield to Palazzo is supported using public funding by National Lottery through Arts Council England, a grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund and by the Henry Moore Foundation.

Summary... Delve into the extraordinary life of Peggy Guggenheim, the 20th-century self-proclaimed ‘art addict’ who called Yew Tree Cottage near Petersfield home from 1934 to 1939.   Before buying the Palazzo Venier […]

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