LOCATION: Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is planning a busy schedule of exhibitions for 2013. It will range from informal postwar Italian painting to late 18th century Parisian neo-impressionism, passing through the abstract collages of one of the leaders of American abstract expressionism, Robert Motherwell.
POSTWAR: ITALIAN PROTAGONISTS
After the huge success of the retrospective dedicated to Giuseppe Capogrossi, which attracted an impressive 110,000 visitors, 23 February 2013 saw the opening of “Postwar: Italian Protagonists”, an exhibition which, by means of a path unfolding through single-artist galleries, aims to reread the idea of Italian art, starting from overcoming the Informal through the work of five artists such as Fontana, Dorazio, Castellani, Scheggi and Aricò. These artists developed a highly personal revolutionary language, leveraging the power of colour and monochrome symbology in order overcome the abstraction until then unknown to them. The exhibition will remain open until 18 April.
KIDS CREATIVE LAB
Immediately afterwards, it will be the turn of young people: from 24 April to 6 May, the museum will host the gigantic, brightly-coloured collective installation from the Kids Creative Lab, an original project involving art and fashion created by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in collaboration with OVS, the best-known Italian fast fashion retailer. The protagonists of this unusual and entertaining work of art are the creations of the primary school children from all over Italy who took part in the initiative, getting involved in the creation of three-dimensional felt volumes that will be assembled in the great sculptural work that will come to life in the museum galleries.
ROBERT MOTHERWELL: EARLY COLLAGES
26 May will see the opening of an exhibition dedicated to Motherwell’s collages: the exhibition explores the origin of the artist’s style and his revelatory encounter with the papier collé technique in 1944, which he describes as “the greatest of our [art] discoveries”. During the 1940s, Motherwell produced both collages of abstract figures and pure abstractions, and from 1955 onwards, the surrealist influences prevailing in these early works paved the way for the distinctive style of his maturity, firmly rooted in abstract expressionism.
THE AVANT-GARDES OF FIN-DE-SIÈCLE PARIS: SIGNAC, BONNARD, REDON, AND THEIR CONTEMPORARIES
From september 28, 2013 will see an exhibition of circa 100 paintings and works on paper drawn from notable private collections. The focus will be on the French avant-gardes of the late nineteenth century, with special attention to the Neo-Impressionist, Nabi, and Symbolist movements. Major artists will be examined in depth: Paul Signac, Maximilien Luce, Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Felix Vallotton, and Odilon Redon. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by scholars Bridget Alsdorf (Princeton University), Marina Ferretti Bocquillon (Musée des Impressionnismes), and Gloria Groom (Art Institute of Chicago).
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