Saturday, 31 March 2018

Passion Play

On Good Friday I stumbled across The Passion being played out on Croydon High Street.

Jesus is made to bear the cross, and then goaded and whipped by his tormentors. 

Jesus stumbles for the first time and is mocked. Mary Magdalene looks on in horror.

Jesus takes up the cross and carries on.

After being judged, it is established that Jesus is not the Messiah, and he is led off to be crucified.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection

No visit to Venice for any art lover would be complete without a visit to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. And it was here that I headed for a modern art fix after visiting the Renaissance-era art collection of the Accademia a short walk away. The collection is set in some lovely grounds filled with some interesting pieces of sculpture by the likes of Paladino, Chillida, Ernst, and Holzer. Despite the tourist hordes it is a relatively peaceful space, and it was really great to see, and be amongst the greenery and foliage of a peaceful garden.

Mimmo Paladino- The Cloven Viscount, 1998

Eduardo Chillida - Stele for Millares, 1972

Jenny Holzer - Survival, 2003

Max Ernst - In The Streets of Athens, 1960

Germaine Richier - Tauromachy, 1953

Alberto Giacometti - Woman Walking, 1936

Eva Renée Nele - Collective II, 1961

Mario Merz - If the Form Vanishes Its Root Is Eternal, 1982-89

Jean Arp - Amphora-Fruit, 1946

Maurizio Nannucci - Changing Place, Changing Time, Changing Thoughts, Changing Future, 2003

Mirko - Roaring Lion, 1956

Anish Kapoor - Untitled, 2007

Well, where to start with Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979). She certainly lived a full and eventful life of privilege, inheriting an amazing sum of money, and then cultivating a set of bohemian friends in the art world having moved to Paris. Guggenheim though, fought her corner in the male dominated artworld establishing renowned galleries in Cork Street London, and New York. She went on to forge a formidable reputation in the industry among collectors, as well as making and bolstering the reputations of certain artists, buying a piece of art a day by the likes of Picasso, Miro, Magritte, Dali etc. before decamping back to New York after the outbreak of WWII. She was also reputed to be a very sensual woman who enjoyed engaging in the pleasures of the flesh with a number of men. Her specialism in men were those in the artistic field such as artists and writers, and she claimed to have enjoyed the company of over a thousand of them! After the war she divorced Max Ernst and returned to Europe, settling in Venice. The collection of artworks she amassed is amazing, and there was so much to see and take in immediately after having visited the Accademia. Nevertheless here are some of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection jewels.

Pablo Picasso - On The Beach, 1937

Pablo Picasso - The Studio, 1928

Robert Delauney - Windows Open Simultaneously 1st Part, 3rd Motif, 1912

Marcel Duchamp - Nude (Study), Sad Young Man on a Train, 1911–12

Pablo Picasso - The Poet, 1911

George Braque - The Clarinet, 1912

Giacomo Balla - Abstract Speed & Sound, 1913-14

Wassily Kandinsky - Landscape With Red Spots, 1913

Wassily Kandinsky - Upward, 1929

Kazimir Malevich - Untitled, ca. 1916

El Lissitsky - Untitled, 1919-20

Theo van Doesburg - Counter Composition XIII, 1925-6

Wassily Kandinsky - White Cross, 1922

Fernand Léger - Men In The City, 1919

Piet Mondrian - Composition No. 1, 1938-39

Views of the Grand Canal through the decorative wrought ironwork on the windows.

Georges Vantongerloo - Construction of Volumetric Interrelationships...,1924

Piet Mondrian - Scaffold: Study for Tableau III, 1914

Constantin Brancusi - Bird In Space, 1932-40

Joseph Cornell - Swiss Shoot the Chutes, 1941

Joseph Cornell - Setting For A Fairytale, 1942

Joseph Cornell - Untitled, ca. 1939

Salvador Dali - Birth Of Liquid Desires, 1931-32

Giorgio de Chirico - The Nostalgia of The Poet, 1914

Kurt Schwitters - Maraak, Variation I (Merzbild), 1930

Kurt Schwitters -Merz Drawing 75, 1920

Amedeo Modigliani - Woman in a Sailor Shirt, 1916

Jean Dubuffet - Fleshy Face with Chestnut Hair, 1951

Paul Klee - Portrait of Frau P. in the South, 1924

Pablo Picasso - Half-length Portrait of a Man, 1939

Alexander Calder - Arc Of Petals, 1941

Max Ernst - The Postman Cheval, 1932

Salvador Dali - Untitled, 1931

Jackson Pollock - Direction, 1945

Jackson Pollock - Alchemy, 1947

Jackson Pollock - Enchanted Forest, 1947

Alexander Calder & Yves Tanguy - Earrings for Peggy Guggenheim, both ca. 1938

The Alexander Calder earrings were fantastic you can see more of his jewellery in an earlier post (here). The silver Calder-designed bed head was absolutely stunning. 

Alexander Calder - Silver Bed-Head, 1946 

Alexander Calder - Mobile, ca. 1938

A section of the collection devoted to Peggy's daughter - Pegeen's - drawings turned into glassware by Egidio Costantini.

Alberto Giacometti - Woman Walking, 1936

René Magritte - Voice of Space,1931

René Magritte - Empire of Light, 1953-54

Max Ernst - Antipope, 1941-42

Joan Miró - Seated Woman II, 1939

Max Ernst - Attirement of The Bride, 1940

Joan Miró - Dutch Interior II, 1928

Alberto Giacometti - Woman With Her Throat Cut, 1932

The Angel of the City, 1948, Marino Marini's notorious sculpture in all his rampant glory!

Henry Moore - Family Group, ca. 1944

Frank Stella - Gray Scramble - 1968-69

Kenneth Noland - Birth, 1961

Andy Warhol - Flowers, 1964

Lucio Fontana - Concetto spaziale, 1951

Julius Bissier - 27 July 1959, 1959

I was so happy to finally see some of the work of Julius Bissier in the flesh. He is a fairly recent discovery for me, and I love the strong sculptural shapes executed in the delicacy of watercolour.

Julius Bissier - 16 July 1960 G, 1960

Julius Bissier - 16 June 1961 K, 1961

Julius Bissier - H 20 August 1962 S, 1962

Cy Twombly - Untitled, 1967

Cy Twombly - Untitled, 1961

Eduardo Chillida - Meeting Place I, 1964

Ellsworth Kelly - Blue Red, 1964, and Green Red, 1964

Alexander Calder - Red Disc-White Dots, 1960

Jenny Holzer - Survival: Go Where People Sleep and..., 1989

Back out in the garden there is a quiet spot devoted to Guggenheim's beloved dogs, their whimsical names are just wonderful. There is also the final resting place of her own ashes.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection
704 Dorsoduro
30123 Venice