Italian Spring Break Continued
Remember the Girl Scouts' Jeweler Badge mentioned here? The post included Tory Burch's 2009 Venetian Glass bracelet inspired in part by arts patron Peggy Guggenheim. And that led to inclusion of the exhibition, Maurice Prendergast in Italy, on view in Venice, October 2009 through January 2010, at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which is home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. (Read more about the exhibition's origins here.) Even though the show is no longer on view there, a virtual tour is still available. I can't resist noting that Prendergast's work looks so striking against the brilliant turquoise walls.
By the way, spring 2010 marks the 30th birthday of Peggy Guggenheim's museum. Throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s, Guggenheim invited the public into her unfinished 18th century Grand Canal palace where she kept her personal collection of 20th century art. It was a summer tradition. Her interests encompassed Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysical painting, European abstraction, avant-garde sculpture, Surrealism, and American Abstract Expressionism. Soon after her death in December 1979, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni officially reopened as a museum of fine art.