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Stefano has had a close association with the
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and being
Venetian, it’s something that is close to his
heart. His wife once worked there as an
intern, as well. The exhibition would not be
possible if he wasn’t leading the Art Gallery
of WA and didn’t have those connections.
So, it’s fantastic for Perth to have him here.
He has phenomenal ideas about developing
the cultural life of WA.
You just hope he gets enough support
and that, collectively, all of us as institutions
recognise that this exhibition presents a
great opportunity. It’s about keeping the
standard really high. And that’s important
from an education perspective, too – art
students would know there’s no replacement
for seeing the texture of paint on canvas,
or the shine of a polished bronze piece. It
doesn’t compare to flicking through a book.
It’s important to remember that this
isn’t just any collection – it’s one of the best
modern art collections in the world. Peggy
was advised by people like Herbert Read, the
famous English art critic, so she was very
savvy in who she asked for advice and as a
result it’s an incredibly tight collection. It
moves almost fluidly through abstraction,
surrealism, then American abstract
expressionism or action painting.
This is one of the largest selections of works that has ever left the Palazzo
[Peggy Guggenheim’s former home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni]. So, it’s a
really big deal. And to travel this far is equally remarkable. It is an incredible
coup for Stefano [Carboni, director of AGWA] to have brought this over, and
it’s the beginning of some really significant collections that he is bringing
to the gallery over the next five years.
THE PEGGY GUGGENHEIM
COLLECTION FIRST PERSON Leigh Robb
NEWS great collections of the world
Peggy at her desk in the library of
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, late 1960s.
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