Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

Peggy Guggenheim, niece of Solomon Guggenheim (founder of the New York gallery) and heiress to her family’s fortune, was one of the major collectors of the modern art movement.

Not only ahead of her time, she played a part in defining it; the origin of her work and her earliest coup was buying up dozens of great works by Picasso while prices were at their lowest. She went on to found galleries in London, New York and finally Venice, where her collection continues to be housed in a Venetian palazzo.

‘The career of socialite, collector, patron and salonnière Peggy Guggenheim must be the most mind-bogglingly eventful in the history of 20th-century art … This is an extraordinary story: I was on the edge of my seat’ – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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