Statement from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
The claims made in a lawsuit by some descendants of Peggy Guggenheim have no merit, and news articles that repeat them uncritically are erroneous.
In particular, the claimants are simply wrong to state that there were any conditions associated with the gift of the collection to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. As a French court held in a decision in 1994, there were no such conditions.
The Foundation has faithfully and consistently honored the purpose of Peggy Guggenheim's gift, which was to expand and spread the appreciation of the modern art she loved. Under the management of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection has grown to become the finest museum of American 20th century art in Italy and is among the most visited. Ms. Guggenheim herself is rightly recognized as one of the great collectors and art personalities of the 20th century.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was extremely disappointed to learn of this lawsuit, which as reported in the media rehashes claims that were rejected by a French court nearly twenty years ago in a decision that entirely vindicated the Foundation. The Foundation is proud of its management of the Collection. It intends to defend itself vigorously in this meritless proceeding and will address the specific claims in court.
March 14, 2014
Eleanor R. Goldhar
Deputy Director and Chief of Global Communications
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation