recorded December 14, 2020
with Philip Rylands, Ph.D.
Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) was among the most influential collectors of modern art in the last century. Her attempt to have a museum in London was frustrated by the outbreak of World War II. During the war, her ‘museum-gallery’ Art of This Century was the single most stimulating venue for the avant-garde in New York. She moved then to Venice and opened at last her museum of modern art in 1951. Hear Peggy’s story from Philip Rylands, the President of The Society of the Four Arts, an art historian who for more than 37 years was responsible for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.
This lecture complements our exhibition, Charles and Jackson Pollock. Through her ‘museum-gallery’ Art of This Century, she helped launch Jackson Pollock’s career.