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The John G. Winslow Lecture

Peggy Guggenheim: Heiress and Collector  

With Philip Rylands, President and CEO of The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida

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Rosecliff 548 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
August 8, 2024 6:00pm
  • Live at Rosecliff and via Zoom video.
  • Please arrive at Rosecliff in time to be seated for the lecture.
  • Virtual attendees will receive Zoom link 24 hours in advance.
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In-person (members) $15
In-person (non-members) $20
Zoom (members) $0
Zoom (non-members) $10

This lecture tells the story of Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979), one of the most fascinating and influential figures of the 20th-century avant-garde, remarkable for her collection of Cubist, Surrealist and Abstract art and for her patronage of Jackson Pollock.

Guggenheim belonged to the celebrated New York family of copper magnates. In 1921 she traveled to Europe where, thanks to her first husband Laurence Vail, she joined avant-garde literary and art circles in Paris. She opened a contemporary art gallery in London in 1938 and a year later began planning her own museum of modern art. The outbreak of World War II constrained her to return to the United Sates. She married her second husband, Max Ernst, and opened a now-legendary museum/gallery in New York called Art of This Century. When the war was over, she returned to Europe, and in 1951 fulfilled her ambition to open a museum, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, on the Grand Canal in Venice.

Philip Rylands

Philip Rylands

Philip Rylands earned an art history Ph.D. from Cambridge University and has published books about the church of the Madonna dell’Orto in Venice (1976), Palma Vecchio (1988 and 1992), the history of the US Pavilion of the Venice Biennale (1993) and Peggy Guggenheim (2004). He has curated exhibitions, written exhibition and book reviews on art, and taught for several U.S. universities. From 1979 to 2017 he was administrator, deputy director and director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (a branch of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation) in Venice. Since 2019 he has been President and CEO of The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida. 

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