An insider's look at Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice

Archive for January, 2011

Bon voyage, Peggy!

All good things must come to an end, and so today we bid farewell to Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice.

It has been a very exciting time working behind the scenes at the Art Gallery and sharing some insight with you. It was a sad day today as I helped pack up the gift shop and realised that I will actually have to jump on a plane to see Peggy’s collection again (though Venice does sound like a gorgeous city).

I’d like to thank everyone who let me interview and photograph them, as well as you, the readers. The Art Gallery thrives on your support, and we hope that we’ll see you again this September when the second exhibition in the Great Collections of the World Series comes together: Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600-1800 from the V&A.

In the meantime, be sure to catch Year 12 Perspectives 2010, and cast your vote in the People’s Choice Award.


— Tegan the Intern

Lego a hit with all ages

It was Lego madness this week as young sculpturists took to the Gallery terrace. The activities attracted record numbers, and we suspect that the parents had just as much fun as their children, if not more. Thank you to all who attended, putting their imaginations to the test and creating clever masterpieces.


January isn’t over just yet. Remember, the exhibition and cafe will remain open until 9pm tonight and again next Friday, so book a sitter, grab your friends and enjoy a night out at the Gallery. We’re also open this Tuesday, and we have a treat for you as Professor Richard Read from UWA presents the last talk in the Masterclass series. The topic of the talk is Mondrian, Nature and Abstraction. To book yourself a seat, call (08) 6488 2433 or email

Peggy won’t be around much longer, so beat the heat and come down to the Gallery.

— Tegan the Intern

Nan and Pop and Peggy

January at the Art Gallery is all about children. Today, the Gallery was filled with budding artists and their grandparents, with art activities in the concourse and free entry into Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice for children until 1pm. Youngsters were checking out the exhibition, wearing headphones and wide-eyed expressions. The upstairs children’s area Wonderland had puzzles, books and a special magnetic board for creating masterpieces.


I had a chat with Kath Barlow and Helen Baker, who said that the exhibition was very interesting, and that the guided tour was immensely helpful. I also overhead a little boy asking his grandparents “Are these real paintings or are they copies?”, and an English gentlemen saying “Glad we didn’t have to go all the way to Venice.”

“It’s a very clever idea dealing with one collection. An exhibition that tells a story is rewarding in its own right and almost transcends the art. There were some really outstanding works. Tancredi was new to me and I really liked his work. The big blow up photos of the New York exhibition spaces were excellent, as were the reconstructed Kiesler chairs that you could sit on. I bought the catalogue ahead of time which really helped give the works some context.”

– Paul Green-Armytage, Shenton Park (pictured with his wife and four-year-old granddaughter ‘Jazzy’).

Next week, the terrace will come alive with inspired sculptures made out of everybody’s favourite tool: Lego. Follow the link for more information and check out these beauties for some inspiration.

Don’t forget, the exhibition, cafe and both gift shops are open till 9pm on Fridays in January, and you can check out the exhibition on the last two Tuesdays of the month (we are usually closed Tuesdays). Expand your knowledge with our second series of Masterclass Lectures – with one already sold out, it’s time to make those bookings!

Hope your Summer is filled with family fun!

— Tegan the Intern