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Film screening at the Museum / Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, 2015

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) | Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland
96 min., English with Hebrew and Russian subtitles
The film will be preceded by an introductory lecture by Noa Rosenberg, Curator of Modern Art and 16th–19th Century European Art

The story of one of the most important art collectors in history. Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979), viewed as the black sheep in a family of eccentric billionaires, became a central and influential figure in the art world. Young, inexperienced, unschooled, and relentlessly criticized, Guggenheim never for a moment let go of her two greatest loves: her passion for art and for life.

The film follows her assortment of lovers (which included Samuel Beckett, Jackson Pollock, and Max Ernst, among others), which was as colorful and spectacular as the important art collection she built. Her art collection included many works purchased in Europe during World War II, which she managed to smuggle under the noses of the Nazis, thereby saving them. Flitting between the art and bohemian scenes of New York, Paris, London, and Venice, the soundtrack also features Guggenheim’s own voice, from a lost recording that was found in the course of the film’s research.

The film is screened in collaboration with the DocAviv Film Festival

The film is followed by the film short:
Nothing Except 34 Paintings (2022) | Director: Ella Fainaru, Cameraman: Ziv Berkovich, Production: Donna & Shula Studios Ltd.
22 minutes, Hebrew and English with English subtitles

In 1955, a collection of contemporary art was donated to the Tel Aviv Museum, including works by prominent artists of the period. Thousands flocked to the Museum to see this selection of abstract and surrealist works. How did the Museum’s director at the time, Eugene Kolb, manage to secure such a ground-breaking collection? What motivated the most celebrated art collector of her time, Peggy Guggenheim, to accede to his request and make her greatest donation to a small and unknown museum in Israel? The film traces the relationship between the two and, through their correspondence, delves into these questions.

The film was created on the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, as part of a collaboration between the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the New Fund for Cinema and Television (NFCT)

The film will be screened at the Museum, in a secure space.
Note: The lecture is in Hebrew.
Admission is free | The number of participants is limited | Advance reservations are required for all participants

Image: Hanway Films