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Perth hosts Guggenheim collection

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8 July 2010

Stefano Carboni, Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and a native of Venice, said: "The Peggy Guggenheim Collection has never previously been presented in Australia and the Gallery has been collaborating closely with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice to bring this exhibition to Western Australia. Perth will be the only venue for this unique exhibition which will captivate Australian audiences with both the outstanding quality of the art and the intriguing personal story of Peggy Guggenheim."

Dr Carboni said that it has been his vision for the Art Gallery of Western Australia to present a series of high-calibre, highly focused exhibitions from internationally celebrated institutions, and it gave him great pleasure to have been able to secure the first exhibition from such a prestigious museum in his birthplace, Venice.

The works in the exhibition display Peggy Guggenheim’s love of art, and in particular her strong affinity for two key artistic movements of 20th Century modern art: Surrealism and abstraction. Also on display will be personal photos and items which belonged to Peggy, such as a pair of her famous sunglasses.

The exhibition at the Gallery will present the vitality created by the combination of European and American artists that transformed Modernist art throughout the world, and will feature works by Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.

Western Australian Tourism Minister Liz Constable and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day also announced a new five-year agreement between Eventscorp and the Art Gallery of Western Australia which will assist the Gallery to host a series of annual spring exhibitions featuring Great Collections of the World, commencing with Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice.

Dr Constable said it was a major accomplishment for Western Australia to be the only venue for such an extraordinary exhibition.

"For WA to have access to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, featuring works by artists who defined 20th century modern art such as Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Piet Mondrian and Jackson Pollock is a rare opportunity," Dr Constable said.

"I’m confident the exhibition will be a major draw card for West Australians and visitors alike."

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day welcomed the initiative to develop a series of exhibitions from internationally celebrated art institutions over five years.

"The ‘Great Collections of the World’ series will provide West Australians with the opportunity to experience some of the world’s greatest collections of art over the coming years," Mr Day said.

"I am delighted the first exhibition in this series brings together paintings and sculptures from one of the most acknowledged art museums in Europe."

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