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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

UK, 2015

HOME, 19 December 2015

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

A film about Peggy Guggenheim, a poor little rich girl who  found a vocation, a salvation even, in collecting modern art.

Herbert Read and Marcel Duchamp advised her what to buy when it came to the European avant-garde and she famously went to France on the eve of World War Two on a shopping spree. But she herself discovered and supported Jackson Pollock, and she championed the abstract expressionists and other American artists.

Her life had unhappiness and some sadness, like anyone’s: her daughter killed herself when quite young. But the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, one of the world’s great art museums, stands as a monument  to her taste and acumen.

This is an interesting documentary, though a bit light. One specific flaw is that there’s no mention of the London Gallery run by E. L. T. Mesens; Peggy Guggenheim wasn’t the only pioneer when it came to promoting modern art.

Venice may look picturesque but it stinks a bit, by the way: all that stagnant water. There’re mosquitos too. One of those things that people don’t tell you, and then it’s too late.