Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice

9 October 2010 - 31 January 2011

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This spring you will have the unique opportunity of seeing world-class works of art normally on display in Venice, Italy, when the Art Galley of Western Australia hosts Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice, the first exhibition of a new series entitled Great Collections of the World. Perth will be the only venue for this unique exhibition.

About the Exhibition

Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice, will feature works by many artists who defined 20th Century modern art such as Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Piet Mondrian, Vasily Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock. The Art Gallery of Western Australia is the sole venue for this exhibition, so don't miss this unique opportunity to see world-class art which normally is only on display in Venice, Italy.

From 9 October 2010 until 31 January 2011 the Art Gallery of Western Australia will host Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice, providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to see world-class art usually only on display in Italy.

It could be said that the concept of contemporary art began with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection being exhibited at the first post-war Biennale in Venice in 1948. followed by the opening of her collection to the public in 1951.

The story behind the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is of the energy and drive of a single individual and her commitment to the art of the 20th Century. The exhibition recreates the dynamism and unique personal vision of that moment when American art débuted in Europe. It now presents, to a 21st century audience in Australia, the work of artists such as Picasso, Kandinsky, Magritte, Mondrian, Brancusi, de Chirico, Giacometti, Duchamp, Arp, Ernst, and of course Pollock.

Peggy Guggenheim's incredibly eclectic ensemble of modern art is truly transnational; it is a rich statement of artistic talent that will captivate audiences even sixty years on with its youthful energy and dynamic desire to push boundaries.

This exhibition has been organised by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Exhibition opening times

Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice exhibition will be on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, situated in the Perth Cultural Centre from Saturday 9 October 2010 until Monday 31 January 2011. The gallery is open 10am-5pm,  Wednesday to Monday.

Pre-Ticket Sales

Admission charges apply. Tickets are on sale at the Art Gallery Shop and through BOCS Ticketing.

Purchase tickets to Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice through BOCS Ticketing

Adults $20

Friends of AGWA/ Concessions $16
Children 16 years and under $12
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) $50

Contact BOCS on +618-9484 1133

or visit:





Pablo Picasso, Half-length Portrait of a Man in a Stripe Jersey (Buste d'homee en tricot rayé) September 14, 1939 - Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

Pablo Picasso

Half-length Potrait of a Man in a Striped Jersey

September 14, 1939

gouache on paper

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

© Pablo Picasso/Succession Picasso.

Licensed by Viscopy, 2010


Public Programs

This exciting exhibition will be supported by a wide range of Public Events, including a Family Day, audio tour, trails, talks/ lectures, films and special events.

Audio Tour

Immerse yourself in the Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice audio tour, which is both entertaining and informative.

Cost $8, concession $6.


The Gallery has a range of education based programs to coincide with this special exhibition:


Group Ticket Sales

For enquiries regarding all group and school bookings (10+) and group discounts please call

Sue Way on +618-9492 6644

or email:

Functions and Venue Hire

For enquiries about after-hours functions and venue hire which include entry to the exhibition please call our Functions Coordinator

on +618-9492 6771

or email:


We will be updating this website with more details as they become available, so please check again soon.



See also


Other Exhibitions


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