Peggy Guggenheim Art Addict

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Peggy Guggenheim Art Addict

Peggy Guggenheim Art Addict. Seeing a preview of a movie is certainly a unique opportunity, but watching a private and exclusive show is something almost extraordinary, and it happened to me!

A few days ago, thanks to a tweet, or maybe it was the hand of fate, I had the chance to watch Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, which will be on at cinemas from March 14th 2016.

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Premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, at the Tribeca Film Festival and at the San Francisco Film Festival, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict is a documentary film directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, about the great protagonist of the 20th –century art, Peggy Guggenheim.

Peggy Guggenheim lived for art, discovered and promoted several artists when almost nobody was capable of recognizing their talent. Peggy made friends with the most important artists of the last century, and sometimes she became their lover, and she built up the most complete and important collection of the 20th –century art in the world, housed in Venice at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, now known as Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Peggy was a resolute, free and certainly eccentric woman; but in this documentary is described in a peculiar way.

Peggy herself narrates and describes her own life story in an unpublished interview which has been recently discovered.
Lisa Immordino Vreeland managed to build the tale of Peggy Guggenheim’s life using archival images, tapes and interviewing art curators, gallery owners, and 20th –century artists, such as Marcel Duchamp. However, the rarity is the use of the interview Peggy gave her biographer Jacqueline Bograd Weld, just before she died. That is the core around which Vreeland structures her movie.

Peggy was born to a wealthy American family, of Jewish origin, and the great 20th – century events provided the background to her life. Several tragedies stroke her life: her father died in the sinking of the Titanic when she was very young; her mother was a cold and emotionally detached woman; both of her sisters died tragically. (One sister died in childbirth and the other one committed suicide together with her children).
Peggy had two children with her first husband, but she hadn’t a good relationship with them. After her first divorce, Peggy lived following men and artists, buying works of art and having complicated love affairs.

Peggy Guggenheim has always been considered to be the black sheep of the family, a loose woman who lived a bohemian life, but, eventually, she managed to take her revenge. She donated her entire art collection and her house museum in Venice to the prestigious Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, founded by her uncle, who disapproved both her lifestyle and her artistic choices.

If you don’t know Peggy Guggenheim’s life, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict will allow you to discover the more intriguing and maybe the more authentic aspect of a woman who changed the art of the 20th century, who discovered and supported artists, even financially. These artists considered Peggy as their lifeline from the tragedies of World War II, their patron, their art dealer, their gallerist and their lover.

Peggy Guggenheim devoured her life, her men, her family, but she donated all her time, her energy, her money and her tenacity to art.

Distributed by Wanted Cinema. The film will be in Italian cinemas only on March 14 in The Space Cinema halls. Look for your nearest cinema and buy your ticket HERE –

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    • Giuliana, se sia stato per gelosia o per depressione nessuno lo saprà mai il vero motivo per cui Pegeen si è tolta la vita.
      Sicuramente lei e la madre avevano un rapporto complicato e Peggy non sapeva come gestire il suo ruolo di madre.
      Altre volte Pegeen aveva tentato il suicidio e per i motivi più disparati (il fidanzato l’aveva lasciata, il marito l’aveva picchiata, etc…). L’ultimo tentativo è stato fatale!

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