Peggy Guggenheim Collection records

Peggy Guggenheim Collection records

Collection Overview

Repository:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives.
Creator:
Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Title:
Peggy Guggenheim Collection records
Call Number:
A0038
Dates:
circa 1930s-1992 (bulk 1980-1987)
Volume:
2.0 cubic ft. (6 boxes)
Historical Abstract:
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection (PGC) is a museum of twentieth-century art, located in Venice and housed in the former home of Peggy Guggenheim (PG). It is owned and operated by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Showcased in the PGC is PG's personal collection of art, representing artistic movements such as Cubism, Futurism, Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism. The PGC includes work by notable artists such as Picasso, Dali, Calder, Duchamp, Rothko, Pollock, and Giacometti.
Scope and Content Abstract:
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection (PGC) records span the years circa 1930s-1992 (bulk 1980-1986) and contain information pertaining to PGC administration, public affairs, development, special events, advisory board, and exhibitions. The records include: correspondence; memoranda; press releases; press clippings; finance and budget documents; advisory board meeting agenda and minutes; donor cultivation; donation and grant records; special events coordination; and photographs and slides of the PGC interior and exterior, special events, and artwork.
Location:
CF
Language:
Collection is primarily in English.
Arrangement:
Organized into 2 series: 1. Administration 2. Exhibitions and Objects.
Restrictions:
Restricted documents are closed to outside researchers. Contact the Manager of Library and Archives for further information.
Publication Rights:
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Manager of the Library and Archives.
Preferred Citation:
Peggy Guggenheim Collection records. A0038. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York, NY.
Subjects:
Guggenheim, Peggy, 1898-1979.
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Contributors:
Messer, Thomas M., 1920-
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Finding aid prepared by Lesley A. Espenship in June 2007.

Historical Note

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection (PGC) is a museum of twentieth-century art, located in Venice and housed in the former home of Peggy Guggenheim (PG). It is owned and operated by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF). In 1948, PG, niece of Solomon R. Guggenheim, purchased the eighteenth-century Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in Venice. In 1949, PG held a sculpture exhibition in the garden of the Palazzo and in 1951 she decided to open the Palazzo and her personal art collection to the public. PG was first invited by Thomas Messer, Director of SRGF, to show her collection at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1969. After a successful exhibition, PG decided that in the event of her death, her collection would be donated to the SRGF. Upon her death on December 23, 1979, the Palazzo and the collection became the property of the SRGF. The property was completely restored and remains in the original location in Venice. The PGC showcases PG's personal collection of art, representing artistic movements such as Cubism, Futurism, Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism. The collection includes work by notable artists such as Picasso, Dali, Calder, Duchamp, Rothko, Pollock, and Giacometti.

Bibliography

Masterpieces from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 1993.
Barozzi, Paolo. Peggy Guggenheim Collection. New York: Assouline Publishing, 2005.

Scope and Content Note

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection (PGC) records span the years circa 1930s-1992 (bulk 1980-1986) and contain information pertaining to PGC administration, development, and exhibitions. In addition to containing general memoranda, press clippings and press releases, the collection also documents the relationship between the PGC and its donors, as well as ties between the PGC and other organizations and important members of the Venice community. These relationships are highlighted in memoranda, correspondence and formal invitations related to exhibition openings and special events, as well as in correspondence to donors and donation and grant records. Restricted folders contain financial and donor information. Items of interest include press clippings about PG's death, and the subsequent transfer of the PGC to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. A significant number of photographs and slides of exterior and interior views of the PGC Palazzo are also present here. The collection is organized into 2 series: 1. Administration; 2. Exhibitions and Objects.

Series Descriptions

Series 1. Administration, circa 1930s-1992 (bulk 1981-1984), 1.65 cubic ft.
Summary: Series 1. Administration contains records relating to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection's (PGC) public affairs, development, special events, student internships and advisory board. The records include fundraising and development information such as: donor lists; cultivation and correspondence; donation and grant records; and special event coordination. Memoranda and correspondence surrounding important visitors to the PGC, such as the President of Italy and the Mayor of Venice, are also included. The collection also contains photographs and slides of the PGC Palazzo interior and exterior. General folders are organized chronologically by year and consist of: memoranda; press clippings; and press releases related to PGC events and activities, Peggy Guggenheim's death, the transfer of the PGC to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the renovation of the Palazzo. Advisory Board, Development, and Finance folders are restricted.
Arrangement: Alphabetical
Series 2. Exhibitions and Objects, 1982-1988, .35 cubic ft.
Summary: Series 2. Exhibition information includes memoranda; correspondence; press releases; and brochures pertaining to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection exhibitions: "Guggenheim: Venezia-New York" (1982) (marking the first time work from both the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection had been displayed together); "Six Modern Masters" (1985); and "La Tauromaquia" (1985). Also included are press clippings on the Venice Biennale; details on an event for "Italian Art Now" (1982); a proposal for an exhibition titled "With Prendergast in Italy;" and photographs of artwork from the permanent collection.
Arrangement: Alphabetical

Folder List

Series 1. Administration, circa 1930s-1992 (bulk 1981-1984), 1.65 cubic ft.
BoxFolderTitleDate
45181-11General (11 folders) (2 folders restricted)1976-1987
45191-4General (4 folders restricted)1983-1989
45195Advertising Activity Report 1984
45196-10Advisory Board (5 folders) (restricted)1981-1992
451911Aspen Institute, Italy1984
451912Council for the U.S and Italy1984
451913-14Development (2 folders restricted)1980-1988
45201-5Development (5 folders restricted)1980-1989
Events
45206General1982
Italian Bankers
45207Ceremony1982
45208Dinner1981
45209Opening of Restored Palazzo1983
452010Peggy Guggenheim Award Ceremony and Concert1982
50517President Sandro Pertini Visit1982
452011Venice Festivities: Dinner and Opening1985
452012VIP: Visits, Luncheons, Affairs1982
50518Expansion Project (restricted)circa 1988
452013Film Proposal: Dauphin, R.1983
452014-15Finance (2 folders restricted)1982-1987
452016Garden Proposal (restricted)1982
452017Mailing List: Individuals Receiving Catalogs1985
452018Panza Collection (Varese): Photographs, Architectural Plans, Mapundated
452019"Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice" Publication Information1984
Photographs
45211Advisory Board Meetingundated
4521,
5051
2-3, 9Artwork (3 folders)undated, circa 1930s-1980s
45214Artwork: Pegeenundated
505110Banker's Luncheon: Staff, Mayor of Venice, President of the Associazione Bancaria Italiana1982
45215Kandinsky Society Reception1981
45216-12Palazzo Interior and Exterior (7 folders)undated, 1980s
505111Peggy Guggenheim Award: Lagana, Petrassi, Davidovsky, Carter1982
452113Terrace Restoration1982
4521,
5051
14, 12Press Clippings (2 folders)1982-1983
452115Press Releasescirca 1982-1983
452116Re-opening of Peggy Guggenheim Collection: Invite1981
452117Rylands, Philip1985-1989
452118-19Slides: Palazzo Interior and Exterior (2 folders)1982
45221Studentship1987-1989
45222Williams College and Peggy Guggenheim Collection Collaboration: Internships1987-1988
Series 2. Exhibitions and Objects, 1982-1988, .35 cubic ft.
BoxFolderTitleDate
Exhibitions
45223Guggenheim: Venezia-New York, 1982 (#364-T).1982
45224Italian Art Now, 1982 (#383): Exxon Preopening Partyundated
45225-6Six Modern Masters, 1985 (#446-T) (2 folders) (1 folder restricted)1985
La Tauromaquia, 1985
45227General1985
45228Photographs1985
Venice Biennale
45229General1984-1988
452210Robert Smithson Sculpture1982
452211-12"With Prendergast in Italy": Proposal (2 folders) (1 folder restricted)undated
Permanent Collection
452213-15Photographs (3 folders)undated
452216Slidesundated