Curated by: Christa Clarke, R. Tripp Evans, Ellen McBreen, Fanny Wonu Veys, con Vivien Greene
"I found myself proud owner of twelve fantastic [artifacts]: they were masks and sculptures from New Guinea, the Belgian Congo, French Sudan, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and New Ireland"
- Peggy Guggenheim, A life for art
Migrating Objects. Art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection highlights a lesser known but decidedly significant episode of Peggy Guggenheim's collectionism. Having gone down in history for having challenged conventions as a collector and patron, and always celebrated for its collection of modern European and American art, during the 1950s and 1960s Peggy Guggenheim began to look beyond the borders of Europe and of the United States interested in the art of Africa, Oceania and the indigenous cultures of the Americas.
On the occasion of the exhibition 35 works of non-western art are exhibited for the first time all together at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni revealing a nucleus of the patron's collection rarely visible to the general public. An absolutely new aspect of this original exhibition is the presentation of these objects in groups that favor the original contexts or, alternatively, in dialogue with some masterpieces of the European avant-garde in a collection of artists who appropriated the ideas of these extra-European cultures. These two divergent approaches allow to shed new light on the erroneous readings imposed by Western culture on these objects.