Curated by: Christa Clarke, R. Tripp Evans, Ellen McBreen, Fanny Wonu Veys, con Vivien Greene
"I found myself the 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 in Peggy Guggenheim's collecting. Going down in history for having defied conventions as a collector and patron, and always celebrated for her collection of European and American modern art, during the 1950s and 1960s Peggy Guggenheim began to look beyond the borders of Europe and of the United States with an interest 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 in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, revealing a nucleus of the patron's collection rarely visible to the general public. An absolutely unprecedented aspect of this original exhibition itinerary 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 the 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 regarding these objects.