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

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

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