A colourful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists.
PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT features recently rediscovered audio tapes between Guggenheim and her authorized biographer, Jacqueline Bograd Weld, taped just before her death in 1979, allowing Peggy to tell her story in her own words.
Guggenheim helped introduce the world to Pollock, Motherwell, Rothko and scores of others now recognized as key masters of modernism. Her benevolence ranged from keeping Pollock afloat during lean times to safeguarding artwork from the Nazis during World War II.
In 1921 she moved to Paris and mingled with the likes of Picasso, Dali, Joyce, Pound, Stein, Leger, Kandinsky. In 1938 she opened a gallery in London and began showing Cocteau, Tanguy, Magritte, Miro, Brancusi, etc., and then back to Paris and New York after the Nazi invasion, followed by the opening of her NYC gallery Art of This Century, which became one of the premiere avant-garde spaces in the U.S. In 1947 she moved to Venice, and since 1951 her collection has become one of the world’s most visited art spaces.