New York-based art advisor Eleanor Cayre has partnered with Nikki Silver, the Emmy Award-winning producer of On Screen Entertainment, to make a movie about the life of art collector Peggy Guggenheim. “I have always been fascinated with Peggy’s collection and life story,” said Cayre of the art world maven. “She was an eccentric figure who not only championed, but also had intimate relationships with some of the most creative minds in modern art history.” The film, which is still untitled, is expected to begin production in 2012.
Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) was as well known for her private life as for her art collection. To mention a few highlights of her illustrious history, she was a central figure in the Paris art world from 1922 onwards. Her circle of friends included writers and avant-garde artists. The photo below was taken in 1924 by the experimental artist Man Ray, who is now known as a quintessential figure of photography.
She went on to exhibit and collect important works by the now classic modern artists such as Antoine Pevsner, Henry Moore, Henri Laurens, Alexander Calder, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Constantin Brancusi, Jean Arp, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, George Braque, and Kurt Schwitters. She then turned her sights to establish a museum for contemporary arts quickly acquiring ten Picassos, forty Ernsts, eight Mirós, four Magrittes, three Man Rays, three Dalís, one Klee, one Wolfgang Paalen, and one Chagall to name a few.
Her plans were interrupted by the war and after several short lived ventures she finally stopped collecting art, for the most part, in order to concentrate on working with museums to present what she already owned. She also became concerned about figuring out what to do with her collection after her death. Peggy decided to donate her home in Venice, the Palazzo, and the collection to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The Palazzo museum finally opened a few years after Peggy’s death and the artwork continues to be displayed the way she designed it. The Peggy Guggenheim collection is one of the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century, encompassing Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. It joins a host of Guggenheim museums around the world including Bilbao, Berlin, Las Vegas and New York.