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For your eyes only: the eclectic Dreyfus-Best Collection


For your eyes only: the eclectic Dreyfus-Best Collection
20 maggio 2014

From May 24 to August 31 2014, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents For Your Eyes Only. A Private Collection, from Mannerism to Surrealism. Curated by Andreas Beyer, this exhibition is the first to present to the general public the Richard and Ulla Dreyfus-Best Collection, which was collected by the Basel-based collectors over the course of more than thirty years.
The Richard and Ulla Dreyfus-Best Collection, a unique Gesamtkunstwerk, juxtaposes secular works of art with ars erotica or ars religiosa from as early as the 12th century; Renaissance and Baroque master drawings share space with the arcane worlds of Surrealist painting; eccentric visions of the eighteenth century encounter the fantastic artifices of Mannerism; Symbolism and Pop Art meet on common ground. The thread that ties all these works is an artificiality that continually probes and experiments with our own limits of understanding. The collection presents works by, amongst others, Hans Baldung Grien, Hans Bellmer, Arnold Böcklin, Victor Brauner, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Angelo Caroselli, Giorgio de Chirico, Francesco Clemente, Salvador Dalí, Francesco del Nomé (‘Monsù Desiderio’), Gustave Doré, Max Ernst, Frans Floris, Johann Heinrich Füssli, Marten van Heemskerk, Jan van Kessel, Alfred Kubin, René Magritte, Man Ray, Gustave Moreau, Richard Oelze, Yves Tanguy and Andy Warhol.
For Your Eyes Only. A Private Collection, from Mannerism to Surrealism has been co-organized by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland, where the show will take place from September 21 2014 to January 4 2015. For Your Eyes Only. A Private Collection, from Mannerism to Surrealism has been made possible in Venice thanks to the generous support of Maison di Alta Gioielleria Giampiero Bodino. The exhibition is also supported by Intrapresæ Collezione Guggenheim, and by BSI Swiss Bankers since 1873. Grateful thanks to Rubelli and Tempini as technical sponsor. The organizers are grateful to Corriere della Sera and Radio Italia as media partners. Hangar Design Group designed the exhibition’s communication materials. Programs auxiliary to the exhibition are supported by the Fondazione Araldi Guinetti, Vaduz.


© Max Ernst Swampangel,1940 Oil on canvas, 65 x 81 cm Private Collection © Max Ernst, by SIAE 2014