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COLLECTIONS AND COLLECTING: DOMINIONS OF LIGHT - TWO VISIONARY COLLECTIONS
10 MAR 2016
The American heiress Peggy Guggenheim and French aristocrats John and Dominique de Menil were major figures in the history of twentieth-century collecting.  Driven by their respective passions, they assembled world-renowned art collections that today are public institutions in Venice and Houston, respectively.  Surrealist art forms the cornerstone of both collections.  Yet, despite their shared similarities, the two collections are ultimately radically different.  This talk will examine how each of these collections were conceived and how each collector's insights led to the acquisition of some of the most significant works in the history of art.

With: Susan Davidson, Senior Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Access: 3€ (students, seniors >65: 50% discount; Amigos de Serralves members: free) 

This event is part of the New Perspectives programme. 



Image: Rene Magritte, Empire of Light, 1953-54. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 1976. 76.2553.102

Susan Davidson, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, has been a member of Guggenheim’s senior curatorial staff since 2002. Before joining the Guggenheim, she was collections curator at the Menil Collection in Houston for 18 years. Davidson's areas of research include Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop art, and she is a specialist on the art of Robert Rauschenberg. In addition to preparing exhibitions for the Guggenheim's network of museums, she oversees the institution's outgoing loans and collection management policies. Her most recent exhibitions and catalogues include: ‘Robert Motherwell: Early Collages’; ‘John Chamberlain: Choices’; ‘Robert Rauschenberg: Gluts’; ‘Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation’; ‘No Limits, Just Edges: Jackson Pollock Paintings on Paper’; ‘Peggy and Kiesler: The Collector and the Visionary (The Story of Art of This Century)’; and ‘American Pop Icons’. She holds advanced degrees in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • LocationSerralves Auditorium
  • Schedule18h30 - 19h30
  • Days10 MAR 2016
  • Price€ 3,00

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