Peggy Guggenheim Collection Receives Major Gift of 83 Works

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The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice has received a major gift of 83 works at the bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, who passed away on February 23. Heralded for her artistic passion and refinement, Hannelore honed an impressive collection of postwar European and American art with her late husband Rudolph B. Schulhof (1912–1999). Officially becoming part of the collection as of October 12, the body of work will reside permanently at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and be known as the “Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection.”

Hannelore and Rudolph Schulhof met Peggy Guggenheim, a collector herself and niece of Solomon R. Guggenheim, at the Venice Biennale in 1966, and formed a friendship with her based on their mutual passion for art. During their lifetime, the couple served on numerous museum boards and foundations; Mr. Schulhof was a trustee for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation from 1993 to 1999, and Mrs. Schulhof as a Charter (Founding) Member of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Advisory Board in 1980.

The collection features artists such as Alexander Calder, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Eduardo Chillida, Ellsworth Kelly, Willem de Kooning, Lucio Fontana, Jean Dubuffet, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol. A sculpture garden named in commemoration of the couple will also house works by Tony Caro, Barbara Hepworth, Jenny Holzer, Anish Kapoor, and Isamu Noguchi, among others. Given Peggy Guggenheim’s personal focus on art dating prior to World War II, Philip Rylands, the Director of the Puggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, notes that the “Schulhofs began their collecting where Peggy left off, so their collection represents a perfect fit, extending and enriching seamlessly the Venice museum’s postwar art with great works by great artists.” The addition of the collection will extend the reach of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection’s artworks into the 1970s and '80s.

In celebration of these new additions to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Venice museum will open free to the public from 5–8 pm on October 12, exhibiting significant works from this collection for the first time.

Alexander Calder, Red Disc-White Dots, 1960. Sheet metal, wire, and paint. 91.4 x 88.9 x 38.1 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012 2012.32