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Последняя, кому власти Венеции разрешили иметь личную гондолу, и может быть самая известная женщина меценат и коллекционер искусства в ХХ веке — Пегги Гуггенхайм. Дочь богатого промышленника, погибшего на «Титанике», и племянница Соломона Гуггенхайма, того самого, Пегги начала собирать коллекцию в 1938 году, и первые лет десять представляла на разных выставках, пока ее собственный дом в Венеции не превратился в музей. За время коллекционирования галеристка собрала несколько сотен произведений, среди которых работы Пикассо, Модильяни, Северини, Миро, Кандинского, Магритта и открытого ею Джексона Поллока. Уникальную коллекцию Пегги Гуггенхайм заслуженно считают лучшим собранием европейского и американского изобразительного искусства первой половины ХХ века.
В 1976 году Музей Пегги Гуггенхайм в Венеции вошел в состав в Фонда Гуггенхайма, и в 2012 году признан самой посещаемой галереей города, более 400 тысяч человек в год. Пегги Гуггенхайм умерла в 1979 году, и была похоронена в саду своего венецианского музея, в саду полном скульптур воспевающих жизнь. Экстравагантный ангел-хранитель авангардистов, умевшая видеть там, где многие оставались слепы.

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one wedding and almost a funeral @cycoart as I fell all the way down a steep staircase at Peggy's Palazzo @labiennale κακό μάτι! @guggenheim_venice with three sprained fingers, still aching #venicebiennale2017 αλλά ηθικόν ακμαιότατον

Peggy knew how to inspire. #guggenheimvenice #modernart #venice #italy

"Mark Tobey : Threading Light", opening tomorrow @guggenheim_venice curated by Debra Bricker Balken
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Next Monday; come dance 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹 #mplusa #guggenheimvenice #djset #venice #happyspritz16

While everything changes, everything remains the same as well?

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The amazing view from @guggenheim_venice #guggenheimvenice on Canal Grande in #Venice

Franz Kline, New York, N.Y., 1953, oil on canvas

Frank Kline, Mahoning, 1956, oil on canvas, 254 x 204 cm “I paint the white as well as the black, and the white is just as important.” – Franz Kline

There are some paintings that make the viewer remark “What is so special about that? Anybody can do that!” At first glance, Franz Kline’s Abstract Expressionist paintings may invoke just that response. After all, what is this painting but a few black brush marks on white background? Easy enough for a child to do, you’d say…

In 1955 Kline said: “Since 1949… I’ve been working mainly in black and white paint or ink on paper. Previous to this I planned painting compositions with brush and ink using figurative forms and actual objects with color. The first work in only black and white seemed related to figures, and I titled them as such. Later the results seemed to signify something – but difficult to give subject or name to, and at present I find it impossible to make a direct, verbal statement about the paintings in black and white.” What makes Kline’s black and white works so special is that they don’t just consist of, some even call them violent, aggressive, black brushstrokes on white canvases. The two elements are essential to each other’s existence. Rather than focusing on the white areas as the “negative space”, he painted them in alternating order with equal consideration. Kline would judiciously create small scale studies for each of his final paintings on canvas. He would often paint them on post card-sized pieces of newspaper, working and re-working each gesture to achieve perfect balance. Then, once the composition was finished Kline projected it onto a large canvas and repeated the process, with all its intensity.

It is this visionary new language and the reduction of a palette to its basic components – black and white – that made Franz Kline’s forceful and confident paintings revolutionary, and the artist – one of the great masters of Abstract Expressionism.

Image ©Franz Kline. Image Courtesy of the Whitney Museum of Art. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Great? Or not great? What's your opinion?

Jackson Pollock, Painting Number 11 (Blue Poles), 1952, Enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas, 212 x 489 cm

Collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Number 11, 1952, also known as "Blue Poles", is an abstract expressionist painting and one of the most famous works by American artist Jackson Pollock. It was purchased amid controversy by the National Gallery of Australia in 1973 and today remains one of the gallery's major paintings.

Although it is rarely loaned to other museums it was lent to the Royal Academy in 2016 for the amazing "Abstract Expressionism" curated by Dr. David Anfam and also featuring works by Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Robert Motherwell and indeed, one of our Franz Kline works!! A smaller, yet extremely beautiful version of the RA show is currently on at Guggenheim Bilbao and runs until June. It's a very rare opportunity to see many of the great abstract expressionist artworks in one place!! Go see it. You won't regret it!!

#ritakernnlarsen Kvindernes oprør (1940) at #guggenheimvenice - forgot to post it last week ✔️‼️

What a wonderful world. 💚🎨✨#Repost @art.direct
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Giacometti's universe melted with Picasso's at the @guggenheim_venice 💛
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