Peggy Guggenheim, an artist that did not paint the collector’s identity as a work of art

  • Camilla Roberta Maria Mongini (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The Peggy Guggenheim Collection house- museum in Venice opened its doors as part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1980.Peggy Guggenheim, founder of the collection, is a key character in the development of modern art both in Europe and in the U.S. between the Twenties and the Seventies of the past century. Her private and personal life is deeply linked to the collection she put together during her life. She was not just a great collector and patroness of the arts, she was also a great art dealer and educator, through her role as a bridge between Avant-garde and Abstract Expressionism.However, her role in the arts is currently not sufficiently examined in the existing literature. The issues of her difficult identity in a process that brought to the revolution of modern art will be studied in parallel with the empowerment of Peggy Guggenheim as a Jewish woman. Being a gatekeeper and a free woman, her heritage nowadays is still perceived both in the Venetian Palazzo that hosts her collection and in an approach to art typical of women.This research fills this gap and paves the way to further studies on this attractive figure.
Date of Award27 Nov 2020
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAna Cristina Cachola (Supervisor)


  • Peggy Guggenheim
  • Collection
  • Modern Art
  • Museum
  • Avant-garde
  • Identity
  • Empowerment
  • Heritage
  • Venice
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation


  • Mestrado em Estudos de Cultura

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