Vercelli, Arca

Since 2007, Arca has hosted a trilogy of exhibitions presenting avant-garde visual arts from the mid-20th century through the perspective of patroness and gallerist Peggy Guggenheim. This exhibition focuses on Peggy Guggenheim's American years, when she exhibited the work of several young artists at her New York museum-gallery, Art of This Century, in shows which stimulated critical debate about the identity of American art. Guggenheim promoted painters such as Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Hans Hofmann, many of whom became key figures in Abstract Expressionism in the years following World War II.

There are 21 artists presented in the show with more than 50 paintings from the New York and Venice holdings of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, as well as rarely seen paintings from private collections and from the artists' estates. The exhibition highlights the paintings of Jackson Pollock, of whom Peggy Guggenheim was a patron and a dealer, and those of Mark Rothko, particularly rare works from the 1940's which were absent from his latest restropective in Rome.


November 21 through March 1, 2009
Chiesa di san Marco
Piazza San Marco 1
13100 Vercelli
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