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Motherwell’s collages in Venice thanks to ICG

Motherwell’s collages in Venice thanks to ICG
20 agosto 2013

Until September 8, 2013 on display at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection the exhibition Robert Motherwell: Early Collages, curated by Susan Davidson, devoted exclusively to early collages and related works on paper produced by Robert Motherwell, one of the leading figures of American Abstract Expressionism, during the first decade of his career, from 1941 to 1951.
Featuring forty-four works from renowned museums and private collections from across Europe and the US, the exhibition also honors Peggy Guggenheim. Friendship, patronage, stimulus, and promotion were all components of Peggy’s manifold generosity to Motherwell as well as to other Americans while still in their formative years as artists. In fact, Peggy Guggenheim’s catalytic impact on Motherwell’s development is typical of her crucial role in New York’s 1940s art scene. Thanks to her encouragement and under the tutelage of Chilean Surrealist artist Matta, Motherwell first experimented with collage in 1943. As he recalled years later, “I might never have done it otherwise, and it was here that I found […] my ‘identity’.”
Motherwell’s earliest papier collé works were featured in Exhibition of Collage, the first international presentation of collage in the United States. This groundbreaking show was held at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century museum-gallery in spring 1943. After Venice (May 26 – 8 September 8, 2013), the exhibition will be on display at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (September 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014).